Chicago went country this past weekend. Live Nation brought the Windy City Lake Shake to the First Merit Pavilion at Northerly Island. The two stage festival was held the weekend of June 19-21, with over 30 country artists from local favorite Cheyenne Rose to top headliners Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley.
“Being a native Chicagoan, it has been a dream of mine to present a world class country music festival in my hometown.” Said Brain O’Connell, President of Country Touring at Live Nation Entertainment. The rain the lake front received earlier in the week had made bit of a mess of the fairgrounds, but hours before the first acts were to hit the stage Brian and this crew were hard at work spending a reported $100,000 to make fast improvements to the area. “When we can in this morning the back road was completely under water, and the area we are standing in was ankle deep as well. “ O’Connell said. Workers were still finishing laying down a layer on crushed stone to the road and DuraDeck covered many sections of the grass but we were dry and the park protected.
“The backdrop of the beautiful skyline of Chicago, and the coolness of being right on the lake shore will enhance the incredible artists we have lined up for year one. No one has more fun than Chicago’s music fans, and I’m sure that LakeShake will be one for the ages”
Mickey Guyton started the main stage off on Saturday and under the threat of rain Joe Nichols managed to get his set. When the rain and lighting cut the night short it only fueled the fire for Sunday when Brad Paisley agreed to stay in Chicago an extra day to perform on Sunday turning it into a dual headliner with Florida Georgia Line.
The overall response to the festival was overwhelmingly positive and many are look to next year!