The Windy City Smokeout was held July 10-12 in the heart of Chicago. The Chicago River and the Chicago Skyline made spectacular backdrops while country music, BBQ and beer provided a three-day escape from the monotonous grind of every day life. Below are the 7 Ways The 2015 Windy City Smokeout blew my mind!
1. Encore Proposal During Lee Brice
As the anticipation built up for Lee Brice’s encore, something unexpected took place. A young man named Zack Davis confidently took the stage and explained that four years ago he had his last first date with his girlfriend, Lauren Kunes. He then got down on one knee and proposed as the crowd roared with congratulatory excitement. They shared their first dance as an engaged couple as Brice played “I Don’t Dance.” Check it out!
2. Kacey Musgraves, Barefoot Pageant Queen
Her latest album Pageant Material influenced her dazzling ensemble, right down to her bare feet! It felt a whole lot like Texas up on the stage that night!
3. Granger Smith/Earl Dibbles Jr. YEEYEE
American pride and YeeYee made this performance uncomparable to anything else at this festival! Granger Smith is a Texas Country artist with a twist. That twist is when he changes into his dip-spittin altar ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. to bring the most unique encore you’ve ever seen!
4. Randy Rogers Band has “Standards”
Wade Bowen joined Randy Rogers on stage for a performance of a song called “Standards” and it was the culmination of everything Texas Country represents. WATCH. (Hint: “I may not have hits, but I’ve got standards.”)
5. Jon Pardi, The Drummer?
It’s always a fun surprise when an artist trades spots with band members and showcases hidden talents! I had no idea Jon Pardi could rock it out on the drum kit! Pardi got behind the drum kit and played along while one of his band members did a solo performance of “Highway To Hell.”
6. Drew Baldridge just wants to “Dance With Ya”
Drew Baldridge’s new single “Dance With Ya” is taking Sirius XM’s The Highway by storm, jumping to No. 23 this weekend, but there is something seriously electrifying about watching him perform it live with his band! Complete with a dance line and copious amounts of energy, this is a must watch!
7. THE. FOOD.
Vendors from across the nation brought their original recipe, mouth-watering BBQ, endless amounts of craft and domestic beer, and scrumptious snacks. Some of my favorites were Salt Lick, Lillie’s Q, Bub City and Chicago Q.