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...after figuring out parking.
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Shane Martin Band
Jeremiah James Korfe
Day One Headliners: Rascal Flatts
Feelin' the music
Summer music festival season is still going strong and this weekend marks another huge event for country music fans.
WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn. began Aug. 6 and will wrap up August 8. The event at the Soo Pass Ranch has been held for 32 years and has steadily grown into one of the biggest country music festivals out there.
The first day of WE Fest 2015 kicked off with a performance by rising country group Maiden Dixie. They were quickly followed by Kansas-born artist Logan Mize, who performed a rousing cover of Waylon Jennings‘ “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” and his own first major hit, “Can’t Get Away From a Good Time”.
After a quick rainstorm, Big & Rich took the stage for an energetic set crafted to get the party started. Covers are always a staple of music festival sets and the duo didn’t skimp on providing their own renditions of some crowd favorites.
They brought their own style to Tom Petty‘s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back” and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. Even through the intense summer heat, John Rich and Big Kenny were able to get the crowd dancing through their entire set.
Hank Williams, Jr. and his seven-piece band were next to take the stage. Throughout his unpredictable set, he bounced from piano to fiddle and guitar. His set list was a dream for any longtime fan, as he performed tracks from throughout his long career. From “There’s a Tear in My Beer” to his classic hit, “Family Tradition”, Williams kept concertgoers entranced by his incredible talents and versatility as a performer.
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Rascal Flatts was the headliner for the first day of the festival and opted to stay with a set list filled with its own hits. The group played through most of their uptempo hits from the 2000s, including “Me and My Gang”, “Fast Cars and Freedom” and “Banjo”. It was clear that fans were overjoyed with the performance, as they sang along to every song until the curtains closed on day one of WE Fest.