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All adds up for Country Thunder

All adds up for Country Thunder

Festival Alert: Country Thunder rumbles in the near future with a mega lineup and major fun.

When it comes to summer country music festivals, there’s no competition for Country Thunder. A stellar four-day lineup of some of the biggest names in modern country music combined with all of the qualities of the great outdoors, it’s a country lovin’ paradise. Situated just north of the Illinois border in Twin Lakes, Wisc., the Shadow Hill Ranch, where the festival is held, is second-to-none when it comes to area country music fan retreats. Now in it’s 19 year, this well-oiled, fun machine leaves nothing behind – well except maybe US99 – when it comes to making some of the best country music summer fun.

For this year, the figures continue to look well rounded. With country music stars Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts on tap as headliners for the festival’s main stage, this leaves all four nights propped with well-named “hot” act. In addition to the headliners, supporting acts such as Steel Magnolia, Charlie Daniels Band, Neil McCoy, Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans and Josh Turner, to name a few, pack the 21 artist lineup scheduled for this year. Not to mention the “Frat House” stage featuring a host of named regional and local acts included on the ticket.

Country Thunder 2011 general admission “lawn” ticket prices range from $60 – $200 at the gate and range from one-day pass to a full four-day pass. Parking and onsite camping additional. Check for availability.

Think this is a lot? You’re right in some areas but luckily we’ve run some numbers for you to justify.

Country Thunder, By the Numbers:

  • Approx. hours of non-stop music: 25 (Mainstage only)
  • Number of artists scheduled to perform: 21
  • Miles from Chicago: 67
  • Average cost per lawn ticket: $116
  • Approx. amount paid if purchase a ticket to each individual artist separately: $735
  • Average high temperature in the forecast for the festival: 89.75 degrees – Smokin!
Paisley’s walk on water

Paisley’s walk on water

There’s something about Chicago for country star Brad Paisley. Maybe it’s because his wife, Kimberly Williams, spent time in the area when she attended Northwestern or maybe because Chicago has one of the largest country radio stations, and fan base, in the business. What that connection might be remains uncertain but, on Friday, it was… Continue Reading

Paisley’s big splash

Paisley’s big splash

Country Concert Alert: Typically, when concert goers set out for a country concert, getting soaked is something to avoid but when country music star Brad Paisley returns to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre on Friday, he’s hoping to make a big splash. With the help of Darius Rucker, Justin Moore and a bit of Mother… Continue Reading

This benefit is Alright

This benefit is Alright

CONCERT ALERT: Chicago Bear Greg Olsen will host his second annual Shake the Lake Music Festival at Joe’s Bar, May 27. Grammy Award winning artist Darius Rucker, known for country radio hits like “Alright” , “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and his time as Hootie and the Blowfish front-man, will join up-and-coming artists… Continue Reading

Mega Ticket Mania

TICKET ALERT: While Rascal Flatts might not be bringing their 2010 tour on Wrigley Field – as they did in 2009 – the Flatts Boys along with headliners Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Montgomery Gentry are all, at some point, “swinging by” one of Chicagoland’s more traditional country music confines… Continue Reading

Country Music’s Biggest Night – The CMA Nominees

On Tuesday, the Country Music Association announced the nominees for the 43rd Annual CMA Awards. Country music star Brad Paisley leads this year’s nominations with seven nominations followed by Keith Urban with five. The Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, George Strait, and Taylor Swift Receive four nominations each and newcomers grace nearly every category. Swift… Continue Reading

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock

Can’t get tickets to Carrie Underwood’s sold-out performance at Ravinia on Monday? Join the club and watch the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock on Monday at 7 p.m. on ABC (WLS-7 local). Filmed during the Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., the three hour television special will showcase more… Continue Reading

July 09 Concerts

July 09 Concerts

Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd Summerfest 2009 is about to wrap things up but you still have a chance to catch Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum – Friday, July 3 – 7:30PM – $25 – $70 – Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sunday, July… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – April 16

Oprah Roundup! The much anticipated “Stars of Country Music” Oprah Show aired Tuesday. Mega stars, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker and Sugarland all took the couch along side the queen of daytime TV Oprah Winfrey during the pre-recorded show from her Chicago studio. After performing his new single, “Down the Road”, Chesney answered questions about… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – April 10

ACM Awards, Rascal Flatts goes Unstoppable, Dierks Bentley in the den, Oprah Show update and new Jeffrey Steele/Jamey Johnson Chicago concert dates are this week’s word on the street. ACM Awards Country music descended on Las Vegas Sunday for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. This year’s big winners were Carrie Underwood (Entertainer… Continue Reading