Like country music, but wish you could tailgate while jamming?
Baton Rouge has just the event for you this weekend.
LSU’s Tiger Stadium will once again play host to country’s biggest stars during the 2016 Bayou Country Superfest on Friday through Sunday.
The three-day event features performances from headliners Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Jason Aldean. Other performers include Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Dierks Bentley.
Tickets are still available through ticketmaster.com and start at $50. Children under 2 years old get in free.
Bayou Country Superfest will also include a free Fan Fest at Lot 101 outside of Tiger Stadium. Fan Fest hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Limited Fan Fest activities will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Performers at Fan Fest include Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band and 90 Degrees West.
Festival producer Quint Davis said the No. 1 goal this year at the seventh Superfest was to get Luke Bryan, a country singer whose 2015 album “Kill the Lights” sold 345,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 top albums chart. Bryan will close out Friday night at 10:30 p.m.
Bryan and this year’s performers represent a new breed of country artists who aren’t afraid to blur the lines of the genre.
Relative newcomer Dustin Lynch, who performs at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, said he won’t play too many ballads.
“It’s my job to get these people up, get them dancing and get them standing,” Lynch said.
His last album, “Where It’s At,” featured three No. 1 singles and a mix of traditional country and rocking party songs.
“There’s room for all of it,” Lynch said. “Luckily, the fans have allowed me to have success in both worlds.”
Another country chameleon, Eric Church, will close out the festival Saturday at 9:35 p.m. Church made a splash in November 2015 when he surprised released his fifth album, “Mr. Misunderstood.”
The critically acclaimed disc was compared to everyone from The Allman Brothers Band to Wilco and was named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone, among other publications.
Last year’s Bayou Country Superfest, which included a Friday night Taylor Swift “1989” show, brought more than 125,000 people.
Davis said the event is the only show of its kind in the country.
“You normally wouldn’t see this type of talent together,” he said. “Now, some of these people are calling us, wondering if we’re booking it for next year. That’s a sign of success.”
With the surrounding events and fun, Davis said the idea for the Superfest has been to capture the tailgating atmosphere.
“I remember when I saw LSU play Florida — this had to be eight years ago, at least — and there were 100,000 people in the stands, and another 50,000 people outside,” he said. “Creating Superfest wasn’t about just a concert-type festival. This was about Baton Rouge, LSU, and the SEC, if you will. That’s what we wanted to capture.”
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