Country Lakeshake 2017: Surprises And Memorable Moments

One of the most anticipated festivals in Chicago, Country Lakeshake, was back for its third time at First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, June 23-25. Lakeshake presents a continuous stretch of country music, social experiences, beautiful city weather and cool Lake Michigan breezes, all amidst a breath-taking backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Check out these surprises and memorable moments from this year’s fest!

Canadian duo, High Valley, was the first band to play the main stage this weekend. It was a spectacular moment watching the crowd react when they performed their first single to hit #1 in the U.S. which set the tone for the remainder of the festival.

A new feature this year at Lakeshake was the Opry stage in the US99 zone. This stage brought fans up close and personal in an acoustic format with artists who played the Next From Nashville stage, as well as some mainstage performers. There was no schedule, so you never knew who you were going to get to see at a moment’s notice! Check out the views when Smithfield took the stage.

Broadcasting live interviews on air for those who couldn’t make the festival were US99 radio personalities, Stylz and Roman. Check out this backstage clip of them testing out Thomas Rhett’s “dad knowledge” before Thomas performed on the main stage!

There was something for everyone in terms of concert experience at Lakeshake. The stage pit area isn’t for everyone, so for those who wanted to enjoy the performances from a less compressed, more laid back view, there was lawn and pavilion seating. This view from the lawn during Thomas Rhett’s performance proved that there literally was not a bad seat in the house! Check out the Chicago skyline backdrop!

Aside from the music, there were plenty of experiences for both kids and adults, including vertical swings, yard games, food by vendors such as Bub City, Clydesdale Horse meet and greets, and more. The Blackhawks Bar was my personal favorite feature. Inside, the atmosphere felt like you were VIP at the United Center, complete with head-in-the-hole photo ops and a fun feature where you could use props to create your own Blackhawks themed GIF to share with friends!

The Next From Nashville Stage, located on the backside of the lawn, brought rising artists directly from Nashville in an intimate setting with a full stage show performance. This was the place to discover new artists and to come face-to-face with some of the hot new artists bursting on the scene. With his intriguing stage swagger and catchy lyrics, Morgan Wallen is certainly one to watch!


In my opinion, the most surprising and entertaining performance of Lakeshake was Chase Rice. He just announced his new record deal with Broken Bow Records, and this guy is already making an explosive comeback to the country music scene. In a routine attempt to bring a girl on stage to serenade during his risqué song, “RideChase discovered that the chosen girl was a newlywed of one week. He asked about their honeymoon and she said they hadn’t gone yet, so he offered to pay for an island honeymoon vacation for the couple, on the spot. Tear-jerker moment, y’all. Wow. You’d think not much else could top a moment like that, but then Chase brought out his longtime buddy and Chicago Bears Kicker, Connor Barth to duet as he performed the first successful song he’d ever co-written – Florida Georgia Line’sCruise.”

Country Lakeshake, the festival that combines country music with breathtaking lakefront and city views, seems to outdo itself every passing year! If you want in on the experience, make sure to keep up with Lakeshake via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Author: Tiera Bolt

Mix 1 part momma + 1 part writer + 1 part hairstylist. Add the love of laughter, adventure, and caffeine. Blend well with a passion for country music and hockey. Sprinkle with sass, and that's me.

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