From the same folks who bring you the tribute band festival, Harefest, comes the Wild Hare Country Festival.
But unlike Harefest, the Country Festival acts are not tribute bands; they're real bands from country sub-genres like red dirt, Texas country, outlaw country and Americana. Also unlike the 21 and older Harefest, all ages are welcome at the Country Festival.
The event takes over Pat's Acres in Canby on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, and features 17 acts on three stages. This includes Saturday's headliner Cody Johnson, whose album "Aint Nothin' To It" earlier this year hit number one on the Billboard Country Album charts and the number one download for all genres on iTunes.
"I honestly don't think people realize just how big of a deal it is to have a Hot #1 Billboard-charting country artist play in Canby, Oregon in just a few weeks," said Jason Fellman of J-Fell Presents, co-organizer of the event.
With the success of his previous albums under his own label and becoming the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston, Johnson finally signed with Warner Music Nashville, according to Johnson's website at codyjohnsonmusic.com. The rising star's "rowdy" concerts have apparently drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks.
Johnson will be joined by a full lineup of artists Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the gates open at 5 p.m. and taking the stages are: Whitey Morgan, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, The Piedmont Boys, Scooter Brown Band, Kaitlin Butts, and Tylor and the Train Robbers.
On Saturday, the gates open at 3 p.m. with music from Cody Johnson, Micky and the Motorcars, Mike and the Moonpies, Dirty River Boys, Bri Bagwell, Brass Tacks, Jacob Bryant, and The Lowdown Drifters.
New this year, organizers are adding a third stage outside the venue on Saturday with music beginning at 11:30 a.m. The "1950 stage," presented by 1950 Clothing Co., and the connecting Vendor Village are free admission and will feature the music of Joshua Allen, Miller Campbell and Tyler Hatley.
According to Fellman, the third stage gives overnight guests something to do during the day on Saturday and also allows people to get a taste of the event without having to purchase a festival ticket.
For those interested in the full-immersion experience, there are free tent-camping sites available or paid RV sites and glamping sites at wildharecountryfest.com.
The new glamping area consists of 10 bell tents, strategically placed to create a village of fans who want to celebrate their red dirt country in style. They are weather-resistant, spacious bell tents furnished with a queen air mattress (with optional upgrade to foam mattress), bedding, lanterns, end tables, a mirror, rug and other comfort elements.
Also at the event, there will also be a food pavilion and of course a full selection of local microbrews, wine, cider and ice-cold domestic beers.
The cost to attend is $59 for Friday, $89 for Saturday or $138 for a two-day pass, plus parking at $10 per day. VIP packages and onsite camping are available for additional cost. For tickets, visit, wildharecountryfest.com.
The Country Festival is presented by the Wild Hare Saloon and J-Fell.
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