Are you planning to attend a country music festival this year? Read this article to find out more about some of the best festivals in the nation.
How did Country polarize the rhythm-saturated masses of music lovers? It burst through the speakers unapologetically. The music is played with no pretense. It is sad when sad is right, and it is inspiring when you need it most. Lately the genre has been mixing it up and pleasing more and more fans by adding a little more rock and roll (rockabilly) or a little more dance (techno-country). While you used to either love it or hate it, nowadays you’re sure to find a band or artist you like when attending a festival.
Every year groups of musicians band together to tour the states. After the success of the CMA Country Music Festival in 2009, the summer of 2010 burst open with more energy and even more diverse acts. Nearly every major city hosted a tour and not a single one lacked the full octane buzz that Country offers. Since ’91 the Chicago Country Music Festival at Soldier Field has been the ripest environment for newcomers to the genre. Chicago mayor Richard Daley confessed he had a weak spot for the slide guitar with the moaning pitch of steel on steel. The first year of the festival, 42,000 fans supported his love and ever since, it has been one of the biggest summer events for the genre.
Then again, watch out Chicago, Boston might have you beat. The Country Music Festival in Boston is the nation’s biggest festival for country artists. They do it best. Right in the heart of Liberal America, where most people cannot picture a plaid sleeveless shirt ever being donned, stands Kenny Chesney and a host of his friends. In 2003, Boston’s noble confines hosted the Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium for the first time. Since then it’s been a summer staple for the city. The festival runs a tight crew between five and six big artists each year. Fans have come to expect the best in sound quality, artist lineup, and more. From sun up to sundown these bands and their wild acts rule the stage in front of roaring crowds. This Country music festival in Massachusetts has been dubbed the nation’s best Country show since its inception. The festival in 2010 hosted Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean.
Whether at the New England Country Music Festival, or at any of the other national festivals, people nationwide have shown an enduring love for the music. Year after year, voters at the Country Music Awards look back on the Festivals to highlight the best performances. Award winners are forged at their live performances at these festivals. Every year at these Award ceremonies fans of Country are reminded of why they love the live show. Don’t miss out on that feeling and be sure to attend at least one country music festival this year.