Doing Country Right for You since 1958. Joyland Country Night Club is Southwest Florida’s oldest name in Country Concerts and Country Music Night Clubs and they have been doing country right since 1958. The story of Joyland literally started out as one crazy ride and has continued to be one for over 50 years. The first location began as part of the Joyland Amusement Park at Pinellas Park, Florida in 1958. The amusement park featured thrill rides and family activities in a fair type setting.
The park also featured a Pavilion for entertainment and performances. When they began featuring Country Music Acts, the people loved it. After many years of successful concert events in the open pavilion, they decided to close it up to make the building into a night club. Realizing that the nightclub business is not for everyone — the nightclub changed hands — current Joyland Night Club Owner, Rick Lambert’s family bought the nightclub in 1987. They loved the night club business and Country Music, but they weren’t convinced that the club needed to remain solely in it’s current location.
With a goal of finding the right location for Joyland, they opened 3 more Joyland Locations — Joyland Wild West Club in Tampa, Joyland in Hudson, and in October of 1994, they opened Joyland in Bradenton. Once Rick and his family hit Bradenton, they knew that they had finally found the perfect home for Joyland. In order to focus their efforts, they sold the other clubs and began working on bringing it all together in Bradenton.
So they brought it … they brought the fun … they brought the excitement … and they brought in the BEST Country Acts to Bradenton — Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins … and many, many more. The club became a gathering spot for good friends, a party spot to meet new friends, and a concert spot to see the stars of country music.
True to it’s amusement park roots, the Joyland story continued to give the Lambert family a wild ride in Bradenton — they had to relocate from the original 14th Street location down the street to a 10,000 square foot space connected to the Ramada Inn. Then after a few years there, they were on the move again, this time 3 miles down the road to the “Old Village Barn” building where they famously “built a building over top of the building” to create an all new 15,000 square foot Joyland.
Through the entire ride, an amazing group of loyal “Joylanders” have grown and grown — they have stuck with Rick and the crew at Joyland through it all. As Joyland continues to be the “gathering spot for good friends, a party spot to meet new friends, and a concert spot to see the stars of country music — the history is adding up. Countless couples have met here, many have celebrated milestones here, and nearly everyone who has come to a concert or event — has made a memory here. All of the twists and turns have added up to a great ride. Thank you to everyone who continues to ride with us. We appreciate each and every one of you.