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Big Names, rising stars, total country at Bands in the Backyard

While big names in country music are headlining the festival, there are a bunch of artists worth showing up early for.

Thomas Rhett performs during the CMA Fest at LP Field on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

For Southern Colorado, June brings promise of a big summer party. One of beer, grills, truck beds and lots of country music.

Bands in the Backyard, happening June 16-17, is back for another year in Vineland. Complete with food vendors, fun activities, camping and an amazing musical lineup, this is a must stop for any true country music fan. With a different lineup every year and a growing attendance since 2013, BITB is set to be bigger than ever this time around.

BITB strives hard to keep bringing big-name country artist to Colorado. Previous years lineups included household artists, such as Kid Rock and Toby Keith.

This year’s lineup is stacked with rising talent from the country music world. Headliners include Billy Currington and Thomas Rhett.

It’s worth noting that beyond the lineup the festival has been taking feedback seriously from previous events and has improved the ticketing system for this year and promises shorter wait times upon entering the festival.

Ticketing options are as follows, Friday single day ticket $70, Saturday single day ticket $80, two-day general admission ticket $125 and $140 for the premiere parking pass. Military discounts and upgrades to VIP are also available.

Friday

The lineup kicks off on Friday with an opening performance by Sonny Mackenzi at 4:30 p.m.  Fresh off the release of her latest single, “New Crush” a light hearted ode to first loves.

Following up with a 5:00 p.m. performance is Farewell Angelina, a talented four-member group of female singers. Named one of Rolling Stones “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” in 2016, Farewell Angelina is riding a high into 2017.  Rounding out the night with a bit more Colorado flavor, Kory Brunson Band (KBB) hits the stage at 6:30 p.m. Hailing right here from our beautiful state. KBB’s debut album “Hard Country” has been well-received and produced two top 100 singles in “Girls Night Out” and “We Know You’re Out There.”

Then, the big party is set to start. Old Dominion will hit the stage, bringing along huge records like

“Break Up With Him” and “Snapback.” Currently riding a wave of success from their well-executed debut album, Meat and Candy, Old Dominion is quickly becoming one of the fastest rising country acts in the country. Topping off Old Dominion, Billy Currington serves as the headlining act for Friday’s musical lineup. A fan favorite all around, Currington is the source of a slew of number one hits like “People are Crazy” and “Good Directions.” With a ton of hits under his belt and a soulful charm that everyone seems to love, it’s set to be a great end to the night.

Saturday

Saturdays lineup, which begins at 3:30 p.m., is no disappointment either.  Chris Hawkeye, a veteran in the country music scene who has just recently seen a second life in his career, will start the day.

Following the release of his latest album, Shine, on November 18, 2016, Hawkeye is heading in to 2017 with a full head of steam behind the melodic lead single “Good Liar.”

Next out is the high energy aesthetic of Tim Montana and The Shrednecks. Sure to bring along their pot themed country music anthem, “Weed and Whiskey” Tim Montana and the Shrednecks fit too perfectly with Colorado’s legal marijuana laws and love of whiskey.

Jackson Michelson finds his way to the stage around 6:30 p.m. for an intimate show with the rising star. After years of touring and opening for other artists, Michelson has finally secured a record deal himself and has set the stage for a bigger year than ever before.  While still relatively new in the eyes of the world, Michaelson has a ton of support to gain in playing for a huge festival like this one.

Kane Brown hits the stage towards the end of the second night at 8:00 p.m., bringing along his quality song writing ability and good looking charm. The young artist first found fame through Internet success— quickly amassing a large following and transferring the results to a growing live fan base.  

Brown has found a ton of success in releasing his debut EP, Chapter One, and will capitalize on that success with a bigger year than ever in 2017.

The festivities end with a 10:00 p.m performance by Thomas Rhett, a household name in the world of country music. Still touring off of the the success of his 2015 album Tangled Up, a progressive work of art that finds Rhett at the best he’s ever been. You won’t want to miss performances of hit’s like “Crash and Burn” or “Die A Happy Man.”  Rhett, who has played Bands in the Backyard before, is a fantastic way to cap of the weekend full of country music and partying that is already looking like another year of success for the Vineland festival.

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