Main Stage Lineup - 2014
With a growing list of hits to his credit, Show Dog Universal recording artist Josh Thompson has defined his place in country music with the simple formula of being who he is: the embodiment of whatever-it-takes, hard-working, blue-collar grit. From his songwriting that ran throughout his Top 10 debut album, Way Out Here, to the dynamic live shows that have earned him opening slots for such established headliners as Dierks Bentley and CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Brad Paisley, Josh Thompson's passionate performances and tireless work ethic have made him the epitome of the musical road warrior, playing nearly 250 shows in 2010 alone.
His debut album, Way Out Here, established Josh as a formidable young talent, launching a trio of hits including "Won't Be Lonely Long"; the Top 15 title track "Way Out Here"; and the Top 10 first single, "Beer on the Table."
Josh comes by his music's heartland, blue-collar work & party themes with an everyman's insight of an everyman who's been there. Born in Milwaukee and raised in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Thompson was working alongside his father in the concrete business at the age of 12, and the trade was often how Josh was paying the bills well into his twenties as his focus shifted to music.
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Josh Thompson (born January 23, 1978 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin) is an American country music artist signed to Show Dog-Universal Music Nashville. On July 27, 2009, he released his debut album Way Out Here. The album has produced three top 40 hits for him on the charts: "Beer on the Table", "Way Out Here" and "Won't Be Lonely Long". A fourth single, "Comin' Around", was released via RCA Nashville before he left the label. Starting in February 2010, Thompson began touring with Eric Church on a 32-stop tour and was tapped for portions of Brad Paisley's 2010 H2O TourIn 2013, Thompson released "Cold Beer with Your Name on It" via Show Dog-Universal Music from a new album, 2014's Turn It Up. The album's second single "Wanted Me Gone" was released on April 28, 2014. Interesting Trivia: His favorite local Bar & grill when he's home in Cedarburg WI is D&S Mainstreet Located at 1187 Western Ave. It is featured in the lyric video for the song "Cold Beer With Your Name On It".
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Road Crew has taken Country Music to a whole new level. Comprised of 5 Milwaukee area musicians, they have come together to you the hottest country covers as well as your favorite boot stomping classics. Fronted by the area's most talented male/female vocalists with a hard hitting rhythm section and a backbone of unmatched percussion, Road Crew brings a high octane show that is certain to keep you dancing. With professional production and attention to detail, Road Crew has a build a fan base of dedicated "Crew Members."
2014 WAMI Winner!
Singer/Songwriter of the YEAR!
Nora is a hard working performer having averaged over 200 appearances annually for the last three years. She has opened for national performers including; Country music legend Ronnie Milsap, Josh Turner, American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Sixpence None The Richer, Katie Armiger, Paul Thorn and The Turnpike Troubadours.
As a recording artist, Nora Collins has released three albums and has dozens of original songs to her credit. Her new album, "Only the Beginning " an acoustic collection which puts an emphasis on lyrics by only featuring vocals, guitar and fiddle. Her sophomore album "Run Away With Me" was partially recorded in Nashville and included some of the finest touring musicians in the country.
Nora has gained national recognition with her recent music video "Dimples Filled With Lies" airing on Zuus Country cable channel (formerly The Country Network). Featured on local affiliates of the major television networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, and nationally on Country Music Television (CMT), she has received critical acclaim for her songs and videos.
As an accomplished singer and guitarist, Nora Collins has a unique vocal quality that is both sensitive and upbeat. Much like her personality, she brings a positive energy that carries across generations of fans.
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2633 Washington Street
Grafton, Wisconsin, USA, 53024