Keith Urban. Brantley Gilbert. Little Big Town. Lynyrd Skynyrd.
And that’s not even half of the artists who will perform at the 24th annual Winstock Country Music Festival Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017, in Winsted.
Also joining the fun on Winstock’s main stage will be LOCASH, Tucker Beathard, Drake White and the Big Fire, Lindsay Ell, Chris Hawkey, and Dylan Jakobsen. Artists set to perform on the Emerging Artist Stage and elsewhere at Winstock are Ryan Hurd, Brooke Eden, Runaway June, Shane Martin, and Copperhead Creek.
“This artist lineup, all the way through, is likely the most solid roster of entertainment we’ve ever been able to provide,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “To have that many top artists of that caliber at Winstock is really a testament to the long-standing success and reputation of our event and to the hard work of our terrific volunteers every year.”
Tickets and more information
VIP tickets for 2017 sold out in 2016. Reserved seating ($175) and general admission ($110) through the early-bird deadline of April 15, 2017 are available at shop.winstockfestival.com or by calling (320) 485-4287. Camping passes ($120) and extra vehicle passes ($25) are also available.
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About the artists
Keith Urban, who will headline Friday, June 9, is an artist truly at the top of his game, and he has become known as one of the most innovative, progressive artists of his time. As evident with his full-house performance at the Target Center Nov. 5, Urban and his creativity continue to move forward.
“I spoke to several people who saw Keith perform at the Target Center and they said it was one of the best shows they’ve ever seen,” Danielson said. “From his interaction and relating to the crowd, to song selection, to the huge confetti display toward the end of the show, it sounded top-notch all the way through.”
Gilbert, Saturday night’s closing act at Winstock ‘17, has a voice that is an instrument of emotion, and he conducts the crowds at his live shows like a country rock orchestra of human experience. He has won over fans and has created his own BG Nation, which will soon include the Winstock audience.
Little Big Town, having become known as the Fleetwood Mac of country music, also left quite the impression on Minnesota when the band appeared on Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour at US Bank Stadium’s inaugural country concert Aug. 20. They first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago and have brought hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and “Little White Church” since then. The hits continue with their latest single, the Taylor Swift-written “Better Man.” The band will perform at Winstock Friday, June 9.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to all generations. The group brings a catalog of more than 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide, and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama,” which has more than two million downloaded ringtones, all to Winsted. This will mark the band’s second Winstock appearance – having taken the stage 10 years ago in 2006 – and drawing one of the biggest walk-up crowds in the festival’s history. Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the Winstock ‘17 stage Saturday, June 10.
LOCASH’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust will also deliver infectious energy to the Winstock stage Saturday afternoon with hits such as “I Know Somebody,” and “I Love This Life.” His father is a hit songwriter, his brothers star quarterbacks, and Tucker Beathard is quickly on his way to becoming a country music superstar. Beathard, who served as the inspiration for his father to write the Eric Church hit “Homeboy,” will bring his own brand of country music to the Winstock stage Saturday.
Drake White and the Fire and Lindsay Ell round out the national acts who will be performing on the main stage, along with fan favorite Chris Hawkey and Winstock newcomer Dylan Jakobsen. Those who have witnessed bearded Seattle native Jakobsen perform live can testify to the energy and raw emotion he pours onto the stage every night.
Winstock ‘17 emerging artists Ryan Hurd, Brooke Eden, and Runaway Jun are all making their mark on the industry, and each have projects in the works that are going to bring them into the spotlight in 2017. Shane Martin and Copperhead Creek round out the entertainment lineup for the 2017 festival.
“We’re excited to have been able to announce our complete lineup in one shot,” Danielson said. “We know this is a bit later than we’ve announced in the recent past, but we’re confident our fans will agree it was worth the wait.”
The Winstock Country Music Festival began in 1994, as a fundraiser for Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted. Originally at the Winsted Municipal Airport, organizers moved the festival across the street to the current site in 1998.
The Emerging Artist Stage made its debut at Winstock in 2005, providing sets from Nashville’s hottest up-and-coming artists between main stage performances.
A permanent 24-foot-tall stage structure was built by RAM Buildings of Winsted in 2007. A reserved seating section was also added behind the VIP area in 2007. Additional camping options were added to the festival in 1999, 2005, and again in 2009 with the addition of Campground E.
“As always, we can’t thank enough the folks who have volunteered at and continue to attend Winstock year after year,” Danielson said. “We’re looking forward to putting on another top-notch country music event to kick off their summers right.”