When it comes to festivals, there are things you can and can’t control.
You can control a top-notch set up, convenience, an unmatched lineup. Unfortunately, you can’t control Mother Nature.
Chicago’s first Windy City LakeShake Festival got off to a roaring start with Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and oh yeah, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Day Two was primed to be just as amazing with headliners Justin Moore and Brad Paisley – that was until the dangerous lightning rolled in (photo above), and people had to be evacuated for safety reasons. After some waiting, the remainder of day two was canceled with Justin and Brad never taking the stage. Shortly after the announcement Brad hit up Twitter…
That set up what was a day full of country music nobody will ever forget.
You had the amazing Kelsea Ballerini closing out the Next From Nashville Stage just after it was announced “Love Me Like You Mean It” had hit #1 on the charts.
On the main stage you had RaeLynn, Frankie Ballard, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Florida Georgia Line, and Brad Paisley – yes, in a row. It was why the phrase “full throttle” was coined.
All the acts brought their A game, with FGL and Brad seemingly having a little extra oomph in their sets. FGL are a couple face-melters live, insane energy. As soon as Brad hits that first solo, the crowd loses it, and stays on Cloud 9 the whole show.
There were the little things about LakeShake that made it great. The amount of food and beverage stands, the amount of bathrooms that kept lines small, the flow of the festival grounds, the sound.
The artists made it a weekend of country music people will use as a benchmark to compare other festivals to. The storms made it perfect, in a weird way. A ‘perfect storm’ if you will (wink, wink, Mr. Paisley).