Main Stage Lineup - 2016
8:00 pm-9:30 pm
If you want to know Josh Thompson, just listen to the lyrics of his music. Thompson showcases his undeniable gift for writing with songs like the anthemic "Way Out Here," or the unapologetic "Blame It On Waylon," and on his upcoming projects, the "aw, shucks" admittance of "Same Ol' Plain Ol' Me," the nod to his humble background, "Daddy Had A Beer," and the breathtakingly poignant "I Like To Believe In That."
They're songs born of a hard-working, blue-collar raising. The son of a Wisconsin concrete worker, destined to follow in the steel-toed boots of a laborer, Josh veered to the left when he picked up a guitar, but he didn't quite realize the course he had steered himself down until much later.
"I got a guitar for my birthday when I was 21 years old. I asked my parents for it because I wanted to play songs around the campfire," he explains. "There had been people in my circle of family and friends who would play around the campfire and I always thought that would be really awesome. I wanted to learn to play Merle Haggard and Tom T. Hall songs."
7:00 pm-7:30 pm
With hundreds of performances, Nora Collins has quickly gained recognition as an award-winning performer, songwriter and recording artist.
Fueled by an unyielding creative drive, and a down-home country spirit, Nora has established herself as one of the country music industry's rising stars with two consecutive Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) "Rising Star" awards (2013 and 2012), and a 2013 WAMI "Female Vocalist of the Year" nomination. In addition, Nora recently was named the WAMI 2014 "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" award winner. Also, Nora received the honor of being voted the Best "Female Vocalist" and "Acoustic Musician" in the 2015, 2014 AND 2013 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee Awards and was awarded the 2013 Beloit International Film Festival + Music "Best Singer/Songwriter."
McMenamin Irish Dance Academy
6:15 pm-6:45 pm
2:15 pm-5:45 pm
Road Crew is comprised of 6 Milwaukee area musicians, they have come together to bring you the hottest country covers as well as your favorite boot stomping classics. Fronted by the area's most talented male/female vocalists with spot on leads and a hard hitting rhythm section, and a backbone of unmatched percussion. The band brings a high octane show that is certain to keep you dancing all night long. With professional production and attention to detail, Road Crew has built a fan base of dedicated "Crew Members."
Lodging for our out-of-town bands provided by:
Hampton Inn & Suites
2633 Washington Street
Grafton, Wisconsin, USA, 53024