8 impressive images from the second half of Country Thunder Wisconsin
After Country Thunder started running throughout the first half of the four-day festival, the weekend ended on a high note with superb performances from some of the lineup’s biggest artists. With sets by Blake Shelton, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Russell Dickerson and more, Wisconsin’s first major festival since the COVID-19 pandemic ended with two more days of memorable concerts.
Check out our some of our favorite images from the second half of Country Thunder’s comeback:
1. Big, big projects
Chris Lane fans had big, big plans ahead of sunset on Saturday night, as the North Carolina native performed some of his biggest country music hits. With pop influences evident in her sound, Lane’s performance was a hit with the whole crowd, especially the younger fans of the festival. The “I Don’t Know About You” singer, who is a worthy artist himself, set the stage for Kane Brown’s closing set that would follow.
2. See you in January
To close Saturday night, another pop-steeped country singer, Tennessee’s Kane Brown. Brown has dominated country and pop radio for the past two years, so he had more than enough hits to choose from for his headlining performance, including his hit single and collaboration with Khalid, “Be Like That “. If you missed last weekend, fear not, as Kane Brown returns to Wisconsin in January, when his “Blessed & Free Tour” heads to the Fiserv Forum.
3. Rockin ‘in Twin Lakes
True to the country pop theme of the second half of Country Thunder, Russell Dickerson blessed the stage on Sunday night with an energetic performance. Stage presence was not lacking throughout his set, as Dickerson performed several of his greatest records, including “Yours”, “Blue Tacoma” and more.
4. Blake is back
Not to mention a little pop-up show a few nights before, Sunday night marked Blake Shelton’s first gig in over a year and the first since he became a married man. Shelton reminded his Wisconsin fans that he came to sing country music and drink beer, and not necessarily in that order. Although he hasn’t played in front of a large crowd for over 400 days, Shelton was far from rusty and still has what it takes to deliver a great set.
5. The chain hangs low
Kane Brown is certainly one of the most stylish singers in country music today and fans caught a glimpse of him on Saturday night as the singer rocked a huge gold chain throughout his performance. While his bling certainly looked heavy, that didn’t stop him from running around the massive stage to give fans a breathtaking view of his headlining ensemble.
6. Country karaoke
Chris Lane didn’t want to monopolize the mic on Saturday, so he even let this fan sing the Tori Kelly part a bit in their 2018 collaboration, “Take Back Home Girl.” Like many great country music performers, Chris Lane engaged with his biggest fans from start to finish.
Russell Dickerson is perhaps the best part-time country / comic singer of all time, as he took the time to have some fun with the crowd and borrow a fan’s cardboard RD mask as he was strutting on the podium. Dickerson was having the best time of his life on stage and as a result fans matched his energy throughout the performance.
8. Sunday night lights
The lights were on on Blake Shelton on Sunday night, as the crowds waited as the sun went down until the exact moment Shelton hit the stage. The multi-talented and always hilarious Shelton exceeded expectations and put a huge exclamation on an already memorable weekend.