Joe Nichols performs free show in Madison

Joe Nichols – 2014 Tour
Red Rock Saloon – Madison, WI
3/6/2014

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Joe Nichols - 2014 Tour Red Rock Saloon

Joe Nichols is currently touring in support of his latest album, “Crickets,” having already spawned a pair of hit singles including the #1 hit, “Sunny and 75.” Madison’s Star Country 96.3 promoted a free show that featured Nichols at Red Rock Saloon in downtown Madison, Wis., on March 6.

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Rockford welcomes The Band Perry

The Band Perry – 2014 We Are Pioneers Tour
BMO Harris Bank Center – Rockford, IL
2/20/2014

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The Band Perry - 2014 We Are Pioneers Tour

Life is good for the Perry siblings–Kimberly, Reid and Neil. The Band Perry brought their 2014 “We Are Pioneers” headline tour to the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill., on Feb. 20. Their youthful exuberance and positive vibe during their crossover country-rock show was the perfect tonic for a blustery winter evening. Old-school country artist Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell provided support.

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Kip Moore keeps Milwaukee ‘Up All Night’

Kip Moore – 2014 Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/8/2014

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Kip Moore - 2014 Tour The Rave

Currently providing direct support for Lady Antebellum on the 2014 “Take Me Downtown” tour, Kip Moore performed a headline show in Milwaukee during a break between tour dates on Feb. 8. Fans packed into The Rave to catch the rising country star. John Hyde and Chris Cavanaugh rounded out the lineup on Saturday night.

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Montgomery Gentry fill Ho Chunk Casino

Montgomery Gentry – 2014 Tour
Ho Chunk Casino – Baraboo, WI
2/1/2014

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Montgomery Gentry - 2014 Tour

Country artists Montgomery Gentry performed in front of a sold out crowd at Ho Chunk Casino in Baraboo, Wis., on Feb. 1, 2014. The duo took the stage at 7 p.m. backed by their six-piece support band, The Wild Bunch. There was no supporting act, simply Montgomery Gentry in all their glory.

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Keith Urban rolls ‘Light The Fuse’ tour through Chicago

Keith Urban – 2014 Light the Fuse Tour
United Center – Chicago, IL
1/10/2014

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Keith Urban - 2014 Light the Fuse tour

Following a brief holiday break, Keith Urban has resumed his “Light The Fuse” tour. The second night of the 2014 leg pulled into Chicago’s United Center on January 10 for an extensive evening of country music. Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch provided support for the show, which began at 7 p.m.

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Phil Vassar brings party atmosphere to Northern Lights Theater

Phil Vassar – 2013 Tour
Northern Lights Theater – Milwaukee, WI
12/5/2013

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Phil Vassar - 2013 Tour

Phil Vassar performed the second of two consecutive sold-out shows at Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee, Wis., on December 5. The intimate venue located at Potawatomi Casino offered a great setting for the country music artist who could easily call Wisconsin his second home. He performs again tonight in Madison at the Barrymore Theater.

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Brad Paisley ‘Summer’ tour still going strong

Brad Paisley – 2013 Beat This Summer Winter Tour
BMO Harris Bank Center – Rockford, IL
11/15/2013

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Brad Paisley - BMO Harris Bank Center 2013

Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer” tour has transcended into spring and is alive and well as the nation settles in for winter. A number of semis pulled into the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill., on Nov. 15 for arguably the best country show on the road. Chris Young remains on the bill providing direct support while recent winner of The Voice, Danielle Bradbery, is opening the show on this recent leg of the tour.

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Billy Currington packs the Orpheum Theater

Billy Currington – 2013 “We Are Tonight” Tour
Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
10/11/2013

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Billy Currington - 2013 We Are Tonight Tour

Country artist Billy Currington brought his 2013 tour to the Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Oct. 11. The veteran star is touring on his first new music in three year, having released “We Are Tonight” a few weeks ago. The albums lead single, “Hey Girl” topped country radio and Currington drew a crowd that filled the theater.

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Madison’s Q106 ‘Storytellers Jam’ benefits American Family Children’s Hospital

Joe Nichols / David Nail – Q106 Storytellers Jam #14
Marriott West – Madison, WI
10/8/2013

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David Nail - Q106 Storytellers Jam #14

Q106 hosted the 14th edition of their Storytellers Jam on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Marriott West in Madison, Wis. Country artists Joe Nichols, David Nail, Brett Eldredge and recent The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery shared a stage and performed songs throughout the evening while proceeds benefited the American Family Children’s Hospital.

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Nelly and Tim McGraw perform at 2013 Summerfest

Tim McGraw – 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2013

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Tim McGraw - 2013 Summerfest

Country superstar Tim McGraw and rapper Nelly both performed in Milwaukee at Summerfest on July 5. Unfortunately, their paths did not cross as both stars headlined different stages at roughly the same start times. That put an end to rumor of a potential on-stage collaboration of Nelly’s “Over and Over.”

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Luke Bryan and friends ‘Crash’ Summerfest

Luke Bryan – 2013 “Dirt Road Diaries” Tour
Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
7/3/2013

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Luke Bryan - 2013 Summerfest

Luke Bryan rode his Dirt Road Diaries Tour into the Marcus Amphitheater to another sell-out. The show featured a trio of Academy of Country Music Award winners with Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line opening the show. Plenty of denim and cowboy hats moved through the Summerfest grounds during the afternoon, eventually converging upon the Amphitheater around 7 p.m. Fans were treated to a spectacular light show and fantastic audio mix that spilled into the mist-filled air.

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Eric Church saves opening night of Country USA

Eric Church – 2013 Country USA
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
6/25/2013

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Eric Church - 2013 Country USA

Country USA in Oshkosh, Wis. opened on June 25 at Ford Festival Park after torrential showers made parking conditions hazardous. The resulting gridlock after local authorities closed off on-site parking put a damper on the festivities. The annual country jam featured headliner Eric Church, while Gloriana, Ayla Brown, Geoff Landon and Cal Stage also performed on Tuesday.

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Tim McGraw rolls through ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ in Charlotte

Tim McGraw – 2013 “Two Lanes of Traffic” Tour
Verizon Amphitheater – Charlotte, NC
5/3/2013

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Tim McGraw - 2013 Two Lanes of Traffic tour

Tim McGraw pulled into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, May 3. The packed venue was the second night of the 2013 “Two Lanes of Freedom” tour, the album of the same name hit the streets in February. McGraw is riding high, coming off last year’s “Brothers of the Sun” tour with Kenny Chesney–one of the top grossing tours of 2012. Brantley Gilbert provided support while Love and Theft opened the show.

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Jason Aldean’s ‘Night Train’ rolls through Madison

Jason Aldean – 2013 “Night Train” Tour
Alliant Energy Center – Madison, WI
3/21/2013

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Jason Aldea - 2013 "Night Train" Tour

The Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. had a packed house for Jason Aldean and his 2013 “Night Train” tour on March 21. Fans realized they were in for a treat as a dozen tour semis lined the parking lot leading into the Alliant. Thomas Rhett opened the show with a fast-paced, 30-minute show. Jake Owen followed with a well produced, lively performance that ensured the crowd was primed for Aldean.

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Summer arrives early with Jake Owen at Madison’s Alliant

Jake Owen – 2013 Tour
Alliant Energy Center – Madison, WI
3/21/2013

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Jake Owen - Madison 2013 Tour

The monstrous 2013 “Night Train” tour chugged into Madison, Wis. at the Alliant Energy Center on Thursday, March 21. Jake Owen brought his sweet summertime vibe, hoping to kick-start a chilled crowd still frozen despite the arrival of spring. Opening for Jason Aldean, Owen did just that with great energy and songs about sunshine, bare feet and margaritas.

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Country Thunder 2012 is sold-out!

COUNTRY THUNDER WISCONSIN TICKETS SOLD OUT—
RESERVE YOUR 2013 TICKETS TODAY

Due to Dry Weather Conditions, a Burn Ban in Effect for Festival;
New Shuttle Service Offers Transportation To and From Festival Grounds

Country Thunder 2012 Twin Lakes Easton Corbin, Big Kenny, Jason Aldean

Twin Lakes, WI (July 17, 2012) – With only a few short days to go, Country Thunder is ready to roll into Wisconsin and kick up some serious dust. Festival organizers are pleased to announce Country Thunder is a complete sellout! The premier country music festival, to be held in Twin Lakes, Wis., this weekend (July 19-22), will feature performances by some of today’s hottest country artists, including Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Steve Holy, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Wade Bowen and more. Country Thunder 2013 renewals currently available. Visit www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418 to reserve tickets today.

Currently, Kenosha County is under dangerous fire conditions therefore until further notice, OPEN FIRES ARE BANNED. *Propane grills are currently still allowed, but not charcoal. Fireworks or careless use of smoking materials at Country Thunder is strictly prohibited. Please pack accordingly.

Country Thunder is also excited to have Lake Geneva Hotels and The Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wis., on board. They will be providing patrons with a shuttle service to and from festival grounds.  Shuttle service from the Lake Geneva Hotels is available only through a hotel stay combo package. The Brat Stop in Kenosha will be offering a shuttle service twice a day for $20 round trip. For scheduling and purchasing information as well as a list of nearby hotels, visit www.wisconsin.countrythunder.com and go to the information tab.

Kick off your cowboy boots and strap on your dancing shoes for Electric Thunder, a new attraction for patrons featuring electric music brought to you Friday, Saturday and Sunday night by DJ Du from 10:30pm to 2am. Don’t miss Electro Country Shine Thursday night from 10:30pm to 2am. Electro Country Shine is a private after party, but a limited amount of passes will be available day of show only, no advance passes will be sold. In addition, this year’s festival boasts asling shot thrill ride and over 50 food and merchandise vendors

Campers can load in starting Wednesday, July 18th at 9am and gates will close promptly at 10pm. Front gate hours are Thursday-Sunday 9am-10pm CST.

Country Thunder Main Stage Line-Up:
Thursday, July 19
5:30 –  6:30 PM          Sara Jean Kelley
7:00 –  8:30 PM          THE FARM
9:00 — 10:30 PM         Big & Rich with Special Guests Cowboy Troy & Bradley Gaskin

Friday, July 20
1:00 –  2:00 PM          The Roys
2:30 –  3:30 PM          The McClymonts
4:00 –  5:00 PM          Wade Bowen
5:30 –  6:30 PM          Steve Holy
7:00 –  8:30 PM          Luke Bryan
9:00 – 10:30 PM         Jason Aldean

Saturday, July 21
1:00 – 2:00 PM           Matt Stillwell
2:30 – 3:30 PM           Casey James
4:00 – 5:00 PM           Aaron Lewis
5:30 – 6:30 PM           Easton Corbin
7:00 – 8:30 PM           Dwight Yoakam
9:00 – 10:30 PM         Blake Shelton

Sunday, July 22
1:00 – 2:00 PM           Charlie Worsham
2:30 – 3:30 PM           Thomas Rhett
4:00 – 5:00 PM           Hunter Hayes
5:30 – 6:30 PM           Neal McCoy
7:00 – 8:00 PM           Brantley Gilbert
8:30 – 10:30 PM         Toby Keith

Country Thunder: The Line-up, The Stages, and The Schedule

Country Thunder 2012 Twin Lakes Easton Corbin, Big Kenny, Jason AldeanCountry Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, is just under a week away and marks the midway point of the summer festival season. For the Twin Lakes Country Thunder, there are always a couple things you can count on while attending the 4 day country fest.  First is the heat, which has been lingering in the Midwest for the past 15 days or so. Second is the rain; as it always rains at least one day over the 4 days and creates mud puddles in the campgrounds, but no one seems to mind.  The third is the fantastic music Country Thunder draws to the Midwest.  This year could be the best line-up to date as Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Toby Keith headline.  Yet, the only thing that may not happen this year is the rain, but maybe Country Thunder will be what draws the much needed rain to the Midwest.

Just issued By Country Thunder and the Order of the Kenosha County Parks Dept. :

Currently the County of Kenosha is under dangerous fire conditions therefore as of yet:
OPEN FIRES ARE BANNED
No campfires, grilling with charcoal or wood,
Fireworks or careless use of smoking materials at country thunder is strictly prohibited.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The Stages

Last year was the first year the second stage, the Frat House, was added during the day and included performers such as Steal Magnolia and Jason Jones.  The stage was a saving grace as the previous artists mentioned were scheduled to perform on the main stage, but the rain forced them to play on the Frat Stage under the tent.  This year two new stages have been added, minus the Frat House Stage; the GAC Country Thunder Stage and The Electric Thunder stage – schedules for both stage are below. These stages are host to the up-and-comers in country music and a DJ throughout the night until 2 A.M.

What You Can and Cannot Bring – Direct from Country Thunder’s site

No: Instruments; Knives/Weapons; Chains/Chain Wallets; Outside Food or Beverage (into venue); Camelpacks; Tents in venue; Flags in venue; Refunds or Exchanges; Video Cameras; Audio Recording Devices; Flasks; Professional Cameras; Pets (in concert bowl); Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia; Coolers in venue; Laser Pointers; Excess Baggage; Umbrellas; or Chairs with Canopies.

OK: Backpacks (medium); Hats; Sun Block; Lighters; Sunglasses; Beach Towel; One Unopened Bottle of Water; 12 & Under Free (except in RSVD or VIP area); Fanny Packs; Digital Cameras (non professional); Disposable Cameras; Film Cameras (non professional)

Country Thunder Twin Lakes Aaron Lewis, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter HayesThe Artists

While there is a slew of artists performing this year, we’ve narrowed down who we look forward to seeing this year.

Thursday

The FARM  is a trio from different parts of the United States.  They have a Little Big Town Feel and are opening for Big & Rich.  Their debut album, Home Sweet Home hits the stores July 17th. Check them out here.

Big & Rich of course made our list! How can we not “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy?”  It was fantastic to see the always energetic Big Kenny in 2010 and now has cohort and Celebrity Apprentice winner, John Rich, is back on stage with him for Country Thunder.

Friday

The Roys are back at Country Thunder again and kick off Friday’s festivities on the main stage with their Bluegrass Country sound.

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean’s tour stops  at Country Thunder and will surely entertain.   This is also the return of Jason and Luke on the main stage at Country Thunder. Anyone remember their 2010 performances?

Saturday

Staind’s frontman, Aaron Lewis, recently released his first country album and is now showing country fans he can also be a country boy.  This sounds like Darius Rucker’s story…rocker turn country boy, but Rucker has proven himself, but can Aaron?

Easton Corbin is also returning to the Country Thunder main stage with country icon Dwight Yoakam, and headliner Blake Shelton. Blake is experiencing great notoriety with his place on The Voice, and for me, he has bigger shoes to fill as his wife, Miranda Lambert, graced the stage 2 years ago and took some time to grab a four wheeler and have some fun with fans in the mud filled campgrounds, so what will Blake do to top that?

Sunday

Country newcomer, Hunter Hayes, is on the bill with country veteran, Neal McCoy.  It also won’t be long  that Brantley Gilbert will be “just the opener” and headlining his own tour soon.  He was recently headlining the Harley Davidson Roadhouse stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee to a packed crowd.  Toby Keith  brings his Red Solo Cup of fun as the closing headliner of Country Thunder in Twin Lakes.

The Stage Schedules

GAC Country Thunder Stage

Thursday – July 19
12:30 – 2:00 AM Back Country Roads
3:00 – 4:00 PM Suburban Cowboys
4:30 – 5:30 PM Brian Lavendar & Whiskey Bent
6:00 – 7:00 PM Suburban Cowboys
10:30 – 12:00 AM Jamie Campbell & The Redneck Romeos

Friday – July 20
12:30 – 2:00 AM Back Country Roads
1:30 – 4:00 PM Six String Crossing
4:30 – 5:30 PM Brian Lavendar & Whiskey Bent
6:00 – 7:00 PM Saddlebrook
10:30 – 12:00 AM Saddlebrook

Saturday – July 21
12:00 – 1:00 PM Brian Lavendar & Whiskey Bent
1:30 – 2:30 PM Smokin Gunz
3:00 – 4:00 PM Smokin Gunz
4:30 – 5:30 PM The Roys
6:00 – 7:00 PM Bella Cain
10:30 – 12:00 AM Bella Cain

Sunday – July 22
12:00 – 1:00 PM The Roys
1:30 – 4:00 PM Penny Mae Dixon
4:30 – 7:00 PM Brushfire
10:30 – 2:00 AM Back Country Roads

Electric Thunder

Thursday - July 19
10:30 – 2:00 AM      Electro Country Shine
Friday - July 20
10:30 – 2:00 AM        DJ DU
Saturday - July 21
10:30 – 2:00 AM        DJ DU
Sunday - July 22
10:30 – 2:00 AM        DJ DU

Country Thunder 2012 Schedule

Hunter Hayes packs the stage at 2012 Summerfest

Hunter Hayes – 2012 Summerfest
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2012

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Hunter Hayes - 2012 Summerfest

Country music upstart, Hunter Hayes, packed the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 5. Hayes has been setting the country world on fire, pulling in both the pre-teen and pop demographic in addition to a country audience.

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In photos: The Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
07/05/2012

Photos from The Zac Brown Bands set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest


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Lady Antebellum wrap their 2012 ‘Own the Night’ tour at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

Lady Antebellum w/ Darius Rucker – 2012 Summerfest
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2012

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Lady Antebellum - 2012 Summerfest

Four days into 2012 Summerfest and the music continued to flow despite the midwestern heatwave. Saturday, June 30 saw old-school rockers Scorpions and ZZ Top vying for the older crowd; while Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker performed at the Marcus Amphitheater. The Roots, Three Dog Night and Thievery Corporation rounded out a group of talent that would satiate most musical appetites.

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In Photos: Brantley Gilbert at Summerfest 2012

Brantley Gilbert
Harley Davidson Roadhouse Stage
Summerfest
7/1/2012

Brantley Gilbert Summerfest Harley Davidson 2012

Photos from Brantley Gilbert’s set on the Harley Stage at Summerfest:

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In Photos: Gary Allan at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2012

Gary Allan
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
06/28/2012

Photos from Gary Allan’s set in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest:

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In Photos: Rodney Atkins Summerfest

Rodney Atkins
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
06/28/2012

Photos from Rodney Atkins set in Milwaukee at Summerfest:

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In photos: Rascal Flatts open Summerfest 2012 with their “Changed” tour

Rascal Flatts
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2012

Rascal Flatts at Summerfest 2012

Rascal Flatts brought their “Changed” tour to Milwaukee on June 27th and opened the first day of Summerfest in a rocken style. With a catalog of hits that could keep a crowed going on its own, Rascal Flatts brought along one of the most eye pleasing lighting shows I have seen in years. Between the good music, professional light show and great weather you couldn’t help but have a good time. Not even an average at best audio mix wasn’t able to dampen the energy the guys brought to their performance. Link to the bands site bellow for more information and go see Rascal Flatts when they come through your town. In a time when money is tight, its nice to have a sure bet of a good time.

Photos of Rascal Flatts at Summerfest:

www.rascalflatts.com

In photos: Little Big Town at Summerfest 2012

Little Big Town
Summerfest
Milwaukee, WI
6/27/2012

Little Big Town at Summerfest 2012

Little Big Town helped kick off the opening night of Summerfest with their blend of flawless vocal harmonies and energetic stage show. Filling an open slot on the current Rascal Flatts “Changed” tour, Little Big Town kept the crowed on their feet and left no question why they are a Grammy nominated band. Llink to their site for more information on the band and up coming tour dates.

Photos of Little Big Town at Summerfest:

www.littlebigtown.com

 

In photos: Eli Young Band opening for Rascal Flatts on their “Changed” tour 2012

Eli Young Band Summerfest 2012

Texas based Eli Young Band helped kick off the opening night of Summerfest with their well written songs and seasoned stage show. As one of the opening acts for the Rascal Flatts Changed tour 2012, The Eli Young band got the Marcus Amphitheatre crowd on their feet and set the bar for the rest of the tours acts that followed. Check their tour dates and photos bellow and catch them in a town near you.

Photos from Eli Young Band’s set at Summerfest:

Tour dates:

June 29th Cleveland, OH @ Blossom music Center

June 30th Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC

July 3rd Ashland, KY @ Summer Motion Festival

July 4th Rogersville, TN @ Rogersville City Park

July 6th Cavendish, Canada @ Cavendish Beach Music Festival

July 11th West Fargo, MN @ Red River Valley Fair

July 12th Chippewa Falls, WI @ Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Go to the Eli Young Bands Official website for more tour dates and information about the band.  www.eliyoungband.com

 

Keith Urban closes out 2012 Country USA in Oshkosh

Keith Urban – 2012 Country USA
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
6/23/2012

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Keith Urban - 2012 Country USA

The final day of 2012 Country USA in Oshkosh, Wisc. went off without a hitch as warm weather and good music prevailed. The previous four days of music were punctuated with performances by The Band Perry, Sawyer Brown, Sugarland and Brad Paisley. Saturday, June 23, saw Clay Walker and Keith Urban close out the country music festival in style.

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Sugarland headline 2012 Country USA

Sugarland – 2012 Country USA
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
6/21/2012

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Sugarland - 2012 Country USA

Sugarland performed in support of their “In the Hands of the Fans 2012″ tour at the midpoint of the Country USA music festival in Oshkosh, Wisc. on June 21. The day’s lineup also featured a lively performance by Wisconsin-favorite, Phil Vassar.

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The Band Perry open 2012 Country USA music festival

The Band Perry – 2012 Country USA
Ford Festival Park – Oshkosh, WI
6/19/2012

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The Band Perry - Country USA

Fans were happy despite the heat wave–the rains and mud that plagued the 2011 festival were nowhere to be seen. Instead, they battled the 90-degree weather with carnival rides, beer, good music and a welcomed breeze.

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Hunter Hayes Returns to the Rave

Hunter Hayes
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/20/2012

All Photos by Paul Weber

Hunter Hayes at the Rave in Milwaukee

Hunter may only be 20 years old, but he is somewhat of a veteran in the country music scene.  A Louisiana native, he started his career at a tender age, making the rounds on the television circuit. Hunter is touring in support of  his forth studio album, simply titled Hunter Hayes, marking his major label debut with Atlantic Records Nashville. Hunters self-titled debut was performed solely by him, virtually unheard of in Nashville, and was co-produced by legendary producer Dann Huff. In 2010 Hunter wrote the song Play for Rascal Flatts and in 2012 Hunter opened for the guys on their  Thaw Out Tour. Hunter is without question an artist to be watched. If the enthusiasm of the crowd at the Rave is any indication, you better get on board now or miss your chance at seeing an artist rise to great heights on the national stage first hand.

 

Hunter Hayes tour dates

04/23/12   Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

04/27/12   The National – Richmond, VA

05/01/12   Showbox at the Martket – Seattle, WA

05/02/12   Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

05/03/12   Rodeo Club – San Jose, CA

05/10/12    The Pagent – St Louis, MO

05/11/12    Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

05/12/12    The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

05/18/12    Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL

05/19/12    Cowboy Saloon – Davie, FL

05/20/12    Dallas Bull – Tampa FL

05/26/12    Russell County Auditorium - Russell Springs, KY

For more tour dates, and more about Hunter head over to http://www.hunterhayes.com

 

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Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour burns up Milwaukee

Miranda Lambert
The Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
4/19/2012

Miranda Lambert On Fire 2012 Tour

The past year has been good to Miranda. From marrying fellow country singer and The Voice judge, Blake Shelton last May, and performing “America the Beautiful” at the XLVI Superbowl she has every reason to be loving life.  Not to mention she is also taking part in Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour on June 6 at the historic Wrigley Field in the middle of her extensive tour along with the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California.

Miranda Lambert On Fire 2012 TourMiranda’s 5th studio release is titled Four the Record and was released off Sony Music Nashville.  The album, co-written by Miranda, includes songs penned by Brandi Carlile, one of her Pistol Annie band members, Ashley Monroe, and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.   Guest performances include Josh Kelley, Steve Winwood, and Blake Shelton. Her release of Four the Record broke a 47-year record by making Miranda the first country music artist to have each of her releases debut at the #1 spot on the charts.  It also needs mention that Four the Record was also certified Gold.

Miranda is currently out on her On Fire tour with support from Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. The tour kicked off mid January with back-to-back sold-out performances in Rockford, Illinois and La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Last night the tour stopped at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and it was easy to see what the sold out shows where all about. While Miranda’s show was nothing less than pure entertainment for all in attendance, make no mistake, this ones for the ladies in the crowd. With the tone set by a video intro of strong women throughout history, if you were a guy coming to Miranda’s world to look for dainty ladies,,,,wrong night fella. Miranda’s , On Fire tour is a must see with great songs, great performances, and well done production. If you see shes coming to your town, you better get your tickets fast as this is sure to be one of the must see concerts of the season.

Photos of Miranda’s set in Milwaukee:

 

 

Miranda Lambert On Fire Tour Dates:

4/19/2012     Bradley Center    Milwaukee, WI      7:30 PM
4/20/2012    Target Center     Minneapolis, MN     7:30 PM
4/26/2012     Save Mart Center    Fresno, CA      7:30 PM
4/27/2012     2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival     Empire Polo Field   Indio, CA
4/27/2012     Shoreline Amphitheatre         Mountain View, CA    6:30 PM
5/10/2012     CenturyLink Center Omaha       Omaha, NE    7:30 PM
5/11/2012      Sprint Center       Kansas City, MO   7:30 PM
5/12/2012      Gexa Energy Pavilion       Dallas, TX  7:30 PM
5/17/2012      Donald L. Tucker Center         Tallahassee, FL    7:30 PM
5/18/2012      Landers Center          Southaven, MS  7:30 PM
5/19/2012      Bridgestone Arena       Nashville, TN    7:30 PM
6/1/2012         5th Street Beach Stage     Virginia Beach, VA    7:00 PM
6/2/2012         92.5 XTU Anniversary Show    Susquehanna Bank Center     Camden, NJ  12:00 PM
6/3/2012         WMZQfest: Jiffy Lube Live      Bristow, VA   4:00 PM
6/8/2012         Klipsch Music Center      Noblesville, IN   7:30 PM
6/9/2012         Brad Paisley Wrigley Field      Chicago, IL   5:00 PM
6/14/2012       Nationwide Arena        Columbus, OH     7:30 PM
6/15/2012       Riverbend Music Center       Cincinnati, OH     7:30 PM
6/16/2012       Verizon Wireless Amphitheater      Maryland Heights, MO 7:30 PM
6/23/2012       UNO Lakefront Arena        New Orleans, LA    7:30 PM
7/3/2012         Salt River Fields        Scottsdale, AZ    5:30 PM
7/6/2012         Jam in the Valley     Varysburg, NY 4:00 PM
7/12/2012       The Wharf Amphitheatre        Orange Beach, AL     7:30 PM
7/13/2012       Aarons Amphitheatre At Lakewood        Atlanta, GA    7:30 PM
7/14/2012        Oak Mountain Amphitheatre      Birmingham, AL 7:30PM
7/28/2012       Delaware State Fairgrounds     Harrington, DE    TBD
8/10/2012       Bismarck Civic Center        Bismarck, ND     7:30 PM
8/12/2012        Iowa State Fair         Des Moines, IA    8:00 PM
9/4/2012          Encana Event Centre        Dawson Creek, Canada     TBD

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In Photos: Chris Young Opening for Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour

Chris Young
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
4/19/2012

Chris Young On Fire 2012 Tour Bradley Center MilwaukeeChris Young had his big break back in 2006′s Nashville Star competition. This is also the same competition that Made Miranda Lambert a household name. Since then he’s released 3 studio albums and 1 EP.  His current album, NEON, debut at the #4 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart with over a quarter million copies sold.  He co-wrote several songs on the album including his #1 hits “Tomorrow” and “You.” He also spent most of last year on tour with Jason Aldean and today Chris joins Miranda on her On Fire headlining tour across North America. Chris’ extensive 2012 tour also includes summer festivals such as Country Jam USA, Sunfest Country Festival, and a slew of State Fair dates.  See tour dates and photos below.

Photos from Chris Young’s set in Milwaukee:

 

Chris Young 2012 Tour Dates:
Apr 19, 2012      Bradley Center with Miranda Lambert       Milwaukee, WI
Apr 20, 2012     Target Center with Miranda Lambert        Minneapolis, MN
Apr 26, 2012      Save Mart Center with Miranda Lambert         Fresno, CA
Apr 27, 2012      Shoreline Amphitheatre with Miranda Lambert       Mountain View, CA
May 03, 2012      House of Blues         North Myrtle Beach, SC
May 04, 2012     Wild Bill’s       Duluth, GA
May 05, 2012     Runaway Country Festival       Melbourne, FL
May 10, 2012     CenturyLink Center with Miranda Lambert       Omaha, NE
May 11, 2012      Sprint Center with Miranda Lambert       Kansas City, MO
May 12, 2012      Gexa Energy Pavilion with Miranda Lambert       Dallas, TX
May 17, 2012     Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center with Miranda Lambert       Tallahassee, FL
May 18, 2012      Landers Center with Miranda Lambert       Southaven, MS
May 19, 2012      Bridgestone Arena with Miranda Lambert         Nashville, TN
May 31, 2012      The Longbranch Saloon        Raleigh, NC
Jun 01, 2012      Friday Cheers at Browns Island       Richmond, VA
Jun 02, 2012      WXTU Anniversary Show at the Susquehanna Bank Center        Camden, NJ
Jun 03, 2012      Jiffy Lube Live with Miranda Lambert        Bristow, VA
Jun 08, 2012      Klipsch Music Center with Miranda Lambert       Indianapolis, IN
Jun 09, 2012      Wrigley Field with Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour       Chicago, IL
Jun 10, 2012      WYCD Hoedown at Comerica Park       Detroit, MI
Jun 14, 2012      Nationwide Arena with Miranda Lambert       Columbus, OH
Jun 15, 2012      Riverbend Music Center with Miranda Lambert       Cincinnati, OH
Jun 16, 2012      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with Miranda Lambert Maryland      Heights, MO
Jun 21, 2012      Country Jam USA       Grand Junction, CO
Jun 23, 2012      Gallivan Center        Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 28, 2012      Cotton Eyed Joe        Knoxville, TN
Jun 29, 2012      Coyote Joe’s         Charlotte, NC
Jun 30, 2012      Kentucky Speedway        Sparta, KY
Jul 12, 2012       Kosciusko County Community Fair       Warsaw, IN
Jul 14, 2012      Madison County Fair       Madison, NE
Jul 15, 2012      Hodag Country Festival        Rhinelander, WI
Jul 19, 2012      Country Jam USA       Eau Claire, WI
Jul 20, 2012     LakeFest at Warnock Lake Park       Atchison, KS
Jul 26, 2012      North Dakota State Fair       Minot, ND
Jul 27, 2012      Cheyenne Frontier Days        Cheyenne, WY
Jul 28, 2012      Deadwood Mountain       Grand Deadwood, SD
Jul 30, 2012      Montana State Fair       Great Falls, MT
Aug 03, 2012      Sunfest Country Festival       Duncan, BC
Aug 05, 2012      Oregon Jamboree       Sweet Home, OR
Aug 07, 2012      Douglas County Fair       Roseburg, OR
Aug 25, 2012      Six Flags Over Texas      Arlington, TX
Sep 02, 2012      South Dakota State Fair       Huron, SD
Sep 08, 2012      Tri-State Rodeo       Fort Madison, IA
Sep 09, 2012      Clay County Fair       Spencer, IA
Oct 13, 2012      Alabama National Fair      Montgomery, AL

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In Photos: Jerrod Niemann on Miranda Lambert’s “On Fire” Tour

Jerrod Niemann
Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
4/19/2012

Music…I keep it rural
Beer…I keep it plural
” – Jerrod Niemann

Jerrod Niemann at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee

Jerrod Niemann is not fresh blood in Nashville. It wasn’t that long ago when Jerrod saw more success as just a songwriter than actually performing and recording his own music.  He’s written for the likes of Garth Brooks, as well as,  Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, Flynnville Train and Zona Jones.   His taste of success came with his first studio release,  Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury. The album produced his biggest hits to date  “Lover,Lover” and “What Do You Want,” and “One More Drinkin’ Song.”  His newest single “Shinin’ On Me” is off his still untitled upcoming album. There is a music video in the works for “Shinin’ On Me” which will include guest appearances from his friends and band members.

Jerrod is currently joined by Chris Young and Miranda Lambert on Lambert’s On Fire tour. He also is making stops at Country USA, Star Spangled Banner Celebration, Daupin’s Countryfest, Jam in the Valley Festival, and Country Jam USA.  Check out tour dates and photos from Jerrod’s set below.

Photos from Jerrod’s set in Milwaukee:

Jerrod Niemann’s 2012 Tour Dates:

Thu      04/19/12      Milwaukee, WI      Bradley Center
Fri        04/20/12      Minneapolis, MN       Target Center
Thu      04/26/12      Fresno, CA        Save Mart Center
Fri        04/27/12      Mountain View, CA       Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat        05/05/12      Athens, GA       Georgia Theatre
Fri        05/11/12       Kansas City, MO       Sprint Center
Sat        05/12/12       Dallas, TX       Gexa Energy Pavilion
Thu      05/17/12       Tallahassee, FL       Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr.
Sat        05/26/12       Baton Rouge, LA       LSU Tiger Stadium – “Bayou Country Superfest”
Thu      05/31/12       Clifton Park, NY       Northern Lights
Sun      06/03/12       Bristow, VA       Jiffy Lube Live
Tue      06/05/12       Lancaster, PA       Chameleon
Thu      06/07/12       Nashville, TN       Riverfront Stage –  “CMA Music Festival”
Fri        06/08/12       Noblesville, IN       Klipsch Music Center
Sat       06/09/12       Chicago, IL       Wrigley Field – Appearing with Brad Paisley
Sun      06/10/12       Detroit, MI       Comerica Park –  “99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown”
Thu      06/14/12       Columbus, OH       Nationwide Arena
Fri       06/15/12       Cincinnati, OH       Riverbend Music Center
Sat       06/16/12      Maryland Heights, MO       Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Thu     06/21/12       Oshkosh, WI       Country USA
Fri       06/22/12       Richland Center, WI       Kros Koup Park –  “Star Spangled Celebration”
Sun      06/24/12       Grand Junction, CO       Country Jam USA Grounds
Fri       06/29/12       Dauphin, MB       Countryfest Grounds – “Dauphin’s Countryfest”
Thu     07/05/12       Lancaster, PA       Chameleon
Fri       07/06/12       Varysburg, NY       Buffalo Hill Village – “Jam In The Valley Festival”
Fri       07/13/12       West Fargo, ND       Red River Valley Fairgrounds- “Red River Valley Fair”
Sat       07/21/12       Eau Claire, WI       Country Jam USA

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Summerfest Announces the Miller Lite Oasis Headliners for 2012!

Summerfest header 2012

It was just last month Summerfest announced their Grounds headliners including big names such as The Avett Brothers, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Joss Stone, and many more.  Today the festival released the headliners for the Miller Lite Oasis stage.  It consists of a diverse group of musicians from pop, DJs, to country music.  There is definitely something for everyone in this bunch.

June 27 10:00 pm Kool & the Gang
June 28 6:30 pm Josh Thompson (Country Throwdown Tour)
8:00 pm Rodney Atkins (Country Throwdown Tour)
10:00 pm Gary Allan (Country Throwdown Tour)
June 29 10:00 pm TBD
June 30 10:00 pm The Roots
July 1 10:00 pm Robyn
July 3 10:00 pm Joe Walsh
July 4 10:00 pm Ziggy Marley
July 5 10:00 pm TBD
July 6 6:30 pm Atmosphere
10:00 pm Paul Oakenfold
July 7 10:00 pm Cake
July 8 10:00 pm Sublime with Rome

For more information on Summerfest and Summerfest tickets, head over to: http://summerfest.com/connect/miller-lite-oasis-headliners-2012#.T5Bgj7NYueY