Bayou Country Superfest returns to Baton Rouge for a sixth Memorial Day weekend of music in LSU’s Tiger Stadium.
Kenny Chesney, one of country’s biggest attractions, headlines the festival Saturday. Blake Shelton, a country star and a singing coach for TV’s “The Voice,” headlines and closes Superfest 2015 Sunday.
Superfest’s two days and 10 acts include Shelton’s singing-star wife, Miranda Lambert, rising country stars Brantley Gilbert and Tyler Farr and, appearing solo without Jennifer Nettles, his singing partner in the big-selling duo Sugarland, Kristian Bush.
Superfest’s Saturday and Sunday of country stars will be preceded by country-gone-pop superstar Taylor Swift’s Friday night concert in Tiger Stadium.
Kenny Chesney 9:25 p.m. Saturday
Kenny Chesney is no stranger to stadiums, including Tiger Stadium. In 2010, Chesney and Swift headlined the first Superfest. Chesney returned to headline again in 2011.
With his beach-loving everyman image, Chesney sings such feel-good, summery hits as “Summertime,” “Beer In Mexico,” “I Go Back” and “Coastal.” His 16 albums run from 1994’s “In My Wildest Dreams” to 2014’s “The Big Revival.”
Chesney’s sales statistics include nine platinum albums, the triple-platinum “The Road and the Radio” and quadruple-platinum albums “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and “When the Sun Goes Down.” Also 22 No. 1 songs and 37 Top 10 hits.
Blake Shelton 9:35 p.m. Sunday
Blake Shelton releases hit songs and albums but he’d even more famous for being a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.” He’s in his eighth season with the reality singing competition series.
Like his singing-star spouse, Miranda Lambert, Shelton has a shelf full of honors. He’s a Country Music Association entertainer of the year and five-time Country Music Association male vocalist of the year.
Shelton released his latest album, “Bring Back the Sunshine,” in September. “Sunshine” includes the hit singles “Neon Light” and “Lonely Tonight,” his 13th and 14th consecutive No. 1 singles.
Brantley Gilbert 7:40 p.m. Saturday
Georgia native Brantley Gilbert’s third album, “Just as I Am,” is the third-highest charting-country debut of 2014. Also one of the year’s Top 5 best-selling country albums. The American Music Awards named “Just as I Am” its favorite country album of the year. Gilbert has released five No. 1 singles. This summer he’s joining fellow Superfest performer Chesney on “The Big Revival Tour.”
Miranda Lambert 7:50 p.m. Sunday
Miranda Lambert, a returning Superfest performer, has five Country Music Association and six Academy of Country Music female performer of the year awards. She’s the winner of four Grammys for country album of year.
Lambert’s latest album, “Platinum,” made history when it debuted at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart. The album’s charting-topping position made Lambert the first country artist to have five albums debut at No. 1.
Beyond music, Lambert founded MuttNation, a foundation that’s raised millions for pet shelters. She also opened her Pink Pistol boutiques in Texas and Oklahoma. Despite her extracurricular activities, Lambert says she has much more music to make.
“There’s so much more life to live, so much more to write about, so much more to say,” she said.
Tyler Farr 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Released in April, Tyler Farr’s new album, “Suffer in Peace,” reached the Top 5 of both the all-genre Billboard Top 200 album chart and Billboard’s country album chart. The Missouri native’s 2013 album, “Redneck Crazy,” also reached those charts’ Top 5. The New York Times described Farr’s “Suffer in Peace” as a “collection of Southern rock cut through with real moments of tenderness.” Entertainment Weekly named him country music’s “king of heartbreak.”
Kip Moore 6:40 p.m. Sunday
In December during the American Country Countdown Awards telecast, Kip Moore received the breakthrough artist of the year award.
“It may be my name on the award, but there are so many others who deserve to have their name on this with me,” Moore said. “I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that we would be talking about millions of sales and streams of songs I’ve written.”
Colt Ford 5:40 p.m. Saturday
Georgia native Colt Ford turned heads when he mixed country music with hip-hop. But now some of the country’s biggest stars, including Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, regularly put rap in their country.
Ford’s 2014 album, “Thanks for Listening,” features collaborations with his friends Keith Urban (“She’s Like”), Duck Dynasty’s Boss Hog, Willie Robertson (“Cut ’Em All”), Jerrod Niemann (“Crickets”) and others.
“I think it’s the best record I’ve ever done,” he said. “The idea is to try to grow as an artist and still be who you are, and not completely forget to give the fans that made you what they like.”
David Nail 5:40 p.m. Sunday
David Nail performed at the Grand Ole Opry recently, during a break from recording sessions for his upcoming album. The show was part of the Nashville institution’s nine-month-long 90th anniversary celebration.
The Grammy-nominated Nail’s oft-praised current album, “I’m a Fire,” appeared on many best of 2014 lists, including those of Rolling Stone Country, NPR, iTunes and Billboard. The album includes his million-selling song, “Whatever She’s Got.”
Kristian Bush 5 p.m. Saturday
When singer-songwriter Kristian Bush returns to Superfest on Saturday, he’ll perform solo rather than as one-half of the duo Sugarland. Bush and his Sugarland partner, Jennifer Nettles, are going solo while Sugarland is in hiatus.
Bush released his album, “Southern Gravity,” last month. USA Today named the album’s first single, “Trailer Hitch,” song of the week. Rolling Stone placed “Trailer Hitch” among its top 25 songs of 2014.
As a member of Sugarland, Bush released the multiplatinum albums “Enjoy the Ride” and “Love on the Inside,” the million-selling “The Incredible Machine,” and five No. 1 singles.
Cassadee Pope 5 p.m. Sunday
The season-three winner of “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope is among the select number of female country artists whose debut singles sold a million copies. That song, “Wasting All These Tears,” appears on Pope’s hit album, “Frame By Frame.”
Known for her powerful voice, Florida native Pope is a NASCAR fan who’s performed at and attended numerous NASCAR events, including the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 races.
Single day and two-day ticket packages are on sale through AXS.com/bayoucountrysuperfest or by calling AXS at (888) 611-8184. The Superfest box office will be located outside of Tiger Stadium at Fan Fest. It will be open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Stage-front, standing-room tickets in an area called the Golden Horseshoe will be available for each day of the festival. The Tiger Plaza will be a general-admission ticketed space that will allow guests a free-flowing festive hangout area.
Single-day tickets are $50-$250 per day; two-day ticket packages $45-$250 per day. Children under 2 will be admitted free (with the exception of the Golden Horseshoe area); no seat provided.
Taking place outside of Tiger Stadium at Nicholson Drive, the free Fan Fest runs 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fan Fest’s Bud Light Stage will present performances each day. Fan Fest features an artist meet-and-greet area and festival merchandise.
Cash-only parking will be available for first-come, first-served purchase on event days. Advanced parking is sold out. Parking lots will be open beginning at 9 a.m. on event days. There is no overnight parking.
ADA parking spaces will be available in Lot 108 for $30. Shuttle transportation from Lot 108 to the stadium will be available for ADA festivalgoers.
ROAD CLOSURES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
North Stadium Drive and South Stadium Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic. North Stadium Drive will be partially closed to pedestrians. Information about the Baton Rouge Capitol Area Transit System can be found at www.brcats.com or by calling (225) 929-7740.