The Top 8 Lakeshake Memories of 2018

The fourth-annual Country Lakeshake set a record-high attendance for itself and was perhaps the wettest, muddiest, and most fun year yet. For those who aren’t familiar, Country Lakeshake is Chicago’s country music festival that boasts the city’s skyline backdrop, which was seen clearest from the lawn area or up high on the chair swings, all set to the hottest live country music playlist.

The headliners this year were Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line. Interviews with the artists performing at Lakeshake were conducted by Adam Burish and Brian O’Connell, as well as US99 morning show radio personalities, Stylz and Roman. In no particular order, here are CMchatlive’s Top 8 Lakeshake Memories of 2018.

1. The Next From Nashville Stage.

This provided an up-close-and-personal stage, mimicking a bar-like atmosphere where you’d typically find these enticing up-and-comers in what seems like their natural habitat. The Nashville stage was a popular hangout and easily accessible, even for those with lawn passes. Check out this clip of Adam Doleac performing his hit, “Whiskey’s Fine.”

2. The Blackhawks Bar.

Whether you’re a Blackhawks fanatic or not, the Blackhawks bar was one feature of the Lakeshake experience that begged to be explored. Hawks jerseys adorned the ceiling, and the tent echoed the atmosphere of a Blackhawks game. There was a photo booth where guests could use hockey signs to make boomerang videos and take photos, as well as a paint-by-number where everyone got to color in a box with a designated number and color to make a massive mural.

3. Getting the First Listen of New Music.

Festivals and concerts are a great way for artists to show off their new music to eager fans. One of the most well-received new songs was “Feels Like a Party” which was performed by LoCash and co-written by Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line. Just look at the hands swaying in the audience!

4. The Activities and Photo Ops.

Lakeshake had an abundance of activities and photo ops, such as the State Farm Do Good RVs; US99 tent with yard games, giveaways, and contests; kids tent with create your own t-shirts, games, face painting, and caricatures, all for free; Barefoot tent with enticing photo props and samples; and plenty of food, and many more.

5. The Collaborations.

Brandon of LANCO joined Dierks Bentley on stage during “5-1-5-0” however, he admitted that he couldn’t do the song justice and proceeded to perform a cover of John Michael Montgomery’sSold” while Dierks joined in. Check out this clip from the performance!

6. Collaborations, Part Two.

Speaking of collaborations, Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line wrote and recorded a number one smash song together, “This Is How We Roll” which they performed together on the final night of Lakeshake. Watch their flawless performance below.

7. The Chicago Love.

Above and beyond the mention of Lakeshake and the famed Joe’s on Weed Street, there was a big celebration of Chicago sports by the performers. Many of the artists received Blackhawks jerseys that they sported during their performances, as well as some Bulls and Chicago Cubs love and recognition as well. In this clip, Chris Lane performed his first number single, “Fix” on the main stage while wearing his Blackhawks jersey.

8. The Bonding Experiences.

Whether it was bonding over a carafe of wine, holding hands on the swings from atop the festival, or dancing with your loved ones to your favorite songs, I hope that the greatest memories that people took away from Lakeshake are the opportunities to bond with family and friends, new and old.

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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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