9 Things You Hopefully Didn’t Miss at the 2015 Taste of Country Music Festival
Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and thousands of screaming country music fans made the third annual Taste of Country Music Festival a roaring success. However, it's possible you missed a few things if you were there, and it's absolutely true if you weren't. Here are nine moments to relive or live vicariously from country music's Woodstock.
Oh yeah, it's a thing. Dads who are committed to their kids and not their abs end up with a little bit of a belly, and women seem to love it. Logan Mize inspired the conversation, but then things got a little weird with Eli Young Band. (Sorry, Mike!)
8. Sara Evans Puts "Suds in the Bucket"
Sara Evans' "Suds in the Bucket" was the highlight of her Sunday night set. Before taking the stage, she padded around backstage wearing a red "Tomato" T-shirt. It was a great show from a festival pro.
7. "Uptown Funk" via Billy Currington
Covers of Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" aren't difficult to come by, but Billy Currington's rendition on Saturday night was electric. The singer worked it on stage in front of 20,000 fans at Hunter Mountain.
6. Two Words: "Hot Pepper Karaoke" ... Oh, Wait
Tim McGraw fans took the Hot Pepper Karaoke challenge. You can pretty much figure out what it is, and it's as entertaining as it sounds.
5. Getting (Ship) Wrecked With LoCash
We're not saying we got stuck on a bus with LoCash and a bottle of their Shipwrecked wine during a rainstorm ... but it was delicious. They also took the stage for an entertaining and energetic performance that was highlighted by "I Love This Life" and "Truck Yeah."
4. Keith Urban Ain't Made of Sugar
A little rain isn't gonna scare Keith Urban away. The singer took the stage following a delay and soaking downpour, still playing through showers and heavy winds on Friday night of the Fest. Things cleared up before he finished. His set was invigorating.
Tim McGraw stood side-stage to watch Tracy Lawrence sing at ToC Fest, then crashed the set in his workout clothes for "Find Out Who Your Friends Are." Later, he gushed about Lawrence during his own set (including a short cover of "Sticks and Stones") and explained why he's such a fan.
2. The 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival Headliner Is ...
Fans went bananas at the announcement of Kenny Chesney as next year's headliner. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
1. Toby Keith Helping Fans Sing "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue"
The festival closed with "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," and it may have been the best musical moment. The crowd overtook Keith, singing the song with more enthusiasm than ever.
Missed ToC Fest this year? Don't let it happen again — tickets for 2016 are already on sale here.