SHOOTIN' THE WIT I Shoulda Been A Grandma
I sent my mother off to WE Fest last night. I instructed her to be careful, warning that people die there every year. I also requested she not take drinks from strangers -- an act that's right up her ... Posted on 8/1/13 at 6:15 AM
For most surprise parties, the guest of honor is usually the one to be surprised. For the 30th WE Fest, which officially opens today, promoters of one of the nation’s biggest country music festivals promise lots of surprises for attendees.
Thursday was “All About Tonight” for Blake Shelton and his fans at WE Fest near Detroit Lakes, Minn. While the country crooner wasn’t a headliner, he took another step toward the top spot with an entertaining, energetic, even sweaty set. Noting how hot it was, Shelton suggested to the crowd, “Let’s all close our eyes, have a drink and pretend we’re on ‘Some Beach,’ ” kicking into the Jimmy Buffett-like song.
Sugarland announced as one of 2011 headliners “Some performers want crowds to sit and listen to music and be on their best behavior,” Keith Urban said before performing “Sweet Thing,” and after Montgomery Gentry got night rolling. "This is not one of those concerts."
When Kid Rock plays WE Fest on Friday, he’ll likely make a lot of noise. Not only is the rapper-turned-rocker-turned-country balladeer making his regional debut at the country music festival, he’ll do so with a little help from a local.
By any measure, the musical foursome known as Gloriana has become one of the most successful up-and-coming young acts in country music today.
Besides releasing their debut album in 2009, the group has opened for country heavyweights like Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Leann Rimes and the Zac Brown Band — all in the past year.
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