98.7 WMZQ is the leading radio station in the Washington D.C and metro area. On June 6th 2015 they held their annual WMZQ Fest at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. WMZQ fest is one of the biggest country music fests in the DMV area and fans come from all around to see these artists.
The side stage kicked off at 4pm with local artist Sam Grow. Grow is well known and well loved around the DMV. His latest single “Whoa” has been making waves around here for some time. Born and raised in southern Maryland, he identifies with country music, however, his rocker image takes center stage during a performance. He has huge stage presence and exceptional songwriting skills. His music is catchy and unforgettable.
Mo Pitney was next to take the side stage and he was incredible. Everything from his vocals to the steel guitar, it was just flawless. Pitney displayed a traditional country sound and showed his authenticity during the entire performance. There is no one with a voice like him. The baritone in his vocals gives him such an edge, a unique touch. Pitney is the future of country music and that makes me excited.
It wouldn’t be WMZQ fest without some amazing young ladies. Cam is everything lovely. She’s beautiful, edgy and will blow you away with her fresh vocals. She’s absolutely breathtaking. She has a huge stage presence and leaves you wanting more. Plus, her latest single “Burning House” is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year. Cam is one fiery tomato. How can you not love that?
Logan Mize was last to perform on the side stage. I missed most of his performance due to a prior meet and greet arrangement. What I was able to see I did enjoy. He is a new fresh face of country music and we sure do hope he sticks around.
Kicking off the big stage was MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt. Opening up with “Raised On It” and then following with “Ex To See” I thought he came out strong. Hunt is one of those artists who just has it all. He is like the cool kid in school everyone wants to be. He is good at sports, singing, writing, playing instruments and hell, I would even bet he can shake a little something if need be. He always has a unique style and thrives on doing his own thing. He is in a lane all to himself and has made a huge dent in the music industry. Hunt’s entire band was massive. From start to finish the set was pristine.
Hunter Hayes was next to perform as everyone patiently waited for the headlining act…Lady Antebellum. Hayes is a sweet soul, with amazing stage presence and intense vocals. He performed songs such as “Storm Warning” and “Wanted.” Hayes is like a young Keith Urban, with his very talented skills on guitar. I was overly impressed. Hayes is also a force to be reckon with on the mandolin as well. Hayes is a well-rounded artist with impeccable talent and a strong force as it pertains to music.
Headlining act Lady Antebellum was everything I imagined they would be. Explosive. They opened their set with “Long Stretch Of Love” and it was perfection. They work insanely well together and their vocals blend like no other. Hilary Scott resonates star power through and through. She is such an inspiration for females everywhere. She is hard working, talented and crazy beautiful. Lady Antebellum are experts at performing. Everything from their graphics on stage to their mannerisms were perfect. It’s obvious teamwork is their strong suit, as well as flawless vocals and massive stage presence. You can expect to get a Lady Antebellum show jam-packed with entertainment from start to finish. If you haven’t seen them live yet, It’s a must.
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Author: Brittany Vance
West Virginia born & bred living life in the DMV. I believe in kind hearts & strong drinks. Mom of two boys and Autism advocate. Music is not only powerful but magical. In the words of Merle Haggard: Good music will live forever. I am here to share that music with each of you.