Sydney Butters
Sydney Butters
Photographer and fan of live music that spans genres, cities, and stages!

Country Thunder Music Festival 2018 Preview

With four incredible locations, Country Thunder will be back yet again in 2018, and it will be bigger than ever!

With festivals in Florence, Arizona, Craven, Saskatchewan, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Calgary, Alberta everyone can have the opportunity to put on their cowboy boots, grab a cold one and dance to an amazing lineup all weekend long!

Get ready for some of the biggest names in country music taking over my city, Calgary, during the weekend of August 17th-19th. I thought the lineup last year was incredible but wait for 2018. The summer of 2017 featured Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, and Randy Houser to name a few! Country Thunder’s new 2018 lineup is filled with the most successful and chart topping artists yet; Eric Church, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, Midland, Madeline Merlo, Hunter Brothers, Lindsay Ell, Bryan White and Jess Moskaluke and more!

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One of the artists I am most excited to see is Eric Church! I’ve been really lucky to see him a couple of times, and I must say he’s one of the only artists who gives me goosebumps every time he sings. One of the most memorable moments at Eric’s shows is when he strips it down to a solo acoustic performance; I truly believe this is the kind of live music experience we all crave. His acoustic performances are definitely something for the books! I highly recommend getting your tickets as soon as possible, as Eric will be closing off Country Thunder the finale night.

Another artist I cannot wait to see is recently announced CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award winner Dierks Bentley. Sadly I have never seen Dierks perform, but I have only ever heard wonderful things. I’m a huge fan of Dierks, one of the biggest reasons why I adore his music so much is because of the stories behind his writing. Musically what he always tries to do is create records that reflect who he is, snapshots of his life at the time. I can’t wait to sing along to some of his most popular songs; Somewhere On A Beach, Black, What The Hell Did I Say, and Different For Girls.

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‘m looking forward to experiencing the diversity all these artists will bring; from heart filled songs to heart breaks, celebrating the weekend, living and learning, being outdoors with your friends and growing up in a small town, this festival will have all your country needs checked off.

Because the festival is located in the city, there are no camping accommodations, only hotels. But don’t worry!!! Country Thunder has a list of 19 different hotel partners near the festival site that will suit your budget and requirements. Plus, with your festival passes you are welcome to shuttle back and forth for free. Try not to wait too long to purchase tickets to Calgary’s Country Thunder though, as limited tickets are remaining for the full weekend festival.

So grab your sunscreen, cowboy hat, wear your best dancing shoes and get ready to experience everything that Country Thunder has to offer in 2018!

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: High Valley & James Barker Band Photo Review

Canada was well represented at Country Thunder Calgary – and when both James Barker Band and High Valley hit the stage, the crowd showed them the love that they deserved.

Check out the pics of both bands and give these good Canadian boys some love the next time you have the chance!

James Barker Band at Country Thunder Calgary, 2017

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High Valley at Country Thunder Calgary, 2017

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: Blake Shelton Photo Review

For those of you who know me I am the biggest Blake Shelton fan! I am shocked I even got a photo with all my shaking, laughing and dancing.

Check out the pics from Blake’s set at Country Thunder Calgary… and see him live when you get the chance!

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: Thomas Rhett Photo Review

Thomas Rhett is a new daddy x2, has a new album on the way, and rolled into Calgary to light up the Country Thunder stage. And the 27 year old Georgia native didn’t disappoint!

Check out the pics, a little video of Rhett getting the crowd in a dancing mood, and be ready for Life Changes on September 8, 2017!

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Country Thunder Calgary 2017: Dallas Smith Photo Review

One act that blew us out of our seats at Country Thunder was the very talented Dallas Smith. Every time I’ve seen him he gets better and better and he never fails to entertain. What I really love about Dallas is how intimate he is with the crowd and how much he interacts with them throughout the show. Whether you’re up close or at the back of festival he makes you feel like you had front row seats.

Check out the pics of Dallas Smith at Country Thunder Calgary and see him live on the Side Effects Tour when you get the chance!

Calgary Stampede 2017: Jonathan Roy Photo Review

I’ve been waiting to see his guy perform for awhile!!! So much talent from Jonathan Roy at the 2017 Calgary Stampede!

Check out the photos from Jonathan’s set on the Coca-Cola stage – and get yourself tickets to see him the next chance you get!

Jonathan Roy at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: Cold Creek County Photo Review

The Nashville North Stage was home to a lot of great country music during the 2017 Calgary Stampede, including a fired up set from Ontario hit makers, Cold Creek County.

The boys were at their best in front of the country music fans on hand, and you can tell they were loving it from the looks on their faces. Have a look at the pics and see them live the next time you have a chance!

Cold Creek County at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede 2017: Marianas Trench Photo Review

Marianas Trench never disappoints, and that was the case again this year at the Calgary Stampede on the Coca-Cola Stage!

Josh, Matt, Mike and Ian were at the top of their game. Have a look at some of our favourite photos, and go see them live when you have the chance.

Marianas Trench at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: Funk Schwey & Ria Mae Photo Review

The 2017 Calgary Stampede was packed with awesome musical talent… including Ria Mae and Funk Schwey on the Coca-Cola Stage.

How great were they? Go see them as soon as you have the chance. Trust us.

And enjoy the photos!

Schwey at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Ria Mae at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: USS Photo Review

And the most energetic performance of this year’s Calgary Stampede goes to… USS.

These two energy packed men from Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario put on a show on the Coca-Cola stage – just like everyone expected. Ash and the Human Kebab were on fire. If you need proof, have a look!

USS at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: Jess Moskaluke Photo Review

Jess Moskaluke is a Canadian country superstar. With three consecutive Female Artist of the Year wins at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, she’s proved it. And on Tuesday, July 11, she hit the Nashville North Stage at the Calgary Stampede to show it in person.

I remember seeing her years ago in a small theatre in Ottawa, Ontario – and seeing how much she’s grown and achieved since then is insane!

Jess Moskaluke at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: The Cadillac Three & Bell Adrenaline Ranch Photo Review

The Calgary Stampede offers more entertainment than most people can handle… or fit into their schedule.

Check out these pics of The Cadillac Three going wild on the Nashville North stage, and some of the awesome motocross action from the Bell Adrenaline Ranch!

The Cadillac Three at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Bell Adrenaline Ranch at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: Brad Saunders Photo Review

From Newfoundland’s fisheries, to the oil rigs, to the Coca-Cola Stage at the 2017 Calgary StampedeBrad Saunders has had a pretty wild ride.

And on a Monday night, he showed Calgary that he knows how to put on a show and party. Check out the pics, and next time he’s in your town, go check out the party for yourself!

Brad Saunders at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: Nelly Furtado Photo Review

Monday night’s are great for flying like a bird and embracing your inner maneater… and on the Coca-Cola stage at the 2017 Calgary Stampede, Nelly Furtado proved it.

This Canadian legend knows how to get it done on stage, have a look at the photos for proof, and get tickets to see Nelly Furtado the next chance you get.

Nelly Furtado at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede 2017: Alessia Cara Photo Review

On a Thursday summer night at the Calgary Stampede, Alessia Cara hit the Coca-Cola Stage and took over!

The 21 year old Canadian singer showed the Calgary crowd everything she’s got to give… and we want to share some of that with you. So, here it is!

Alessia Cara at the 2017 Calgary Stampede

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