- Country Fest
Country Fest is a major music festival that is held every year right around late June in Cadott, Wisconsin. Over thousands of people attend this music festival that was started in 1987. There have been numerous famous artists that have performed at Country Fest that include; Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Carrie Underwood.
Every year since 1987 country music fans have been flocking to Cadott, a little Wisconsin town of 1,345 people. Every summer towards the end of June, the famous concert known as Country Fest is held there. The event consists of four fun-filled days of hanging out with friends, meeting new people, “roughing it” at a camp site and sleeping in a tent. This is a great excuse for people to get out of their town and do something new, but most importantly, have the time of their lives listening to their favorite music. Country Fest is not an inexpensive event. The price of a four day adult general admission ticket is $165. Additionally, there is a $20 fee to park and another $95 for a four day general admission camping ticket. Many people find it easier to go with a group of people and split the cost of parking and camping to save money on their expenses. Although it is not required to get a camp site, most people prefer to do so because of the outdoors experience and the fun that goes along with the concerts. Ordering tickets and reserving a camp site is a short, easy task. Just log on to countryfest.com to place an order and the tickets will arrive in days. Country Fest attracts all ages, but their primary consumers consist of young adults, mainly over the age of the legal drinking age, twenty one. The four main sponsors include; Miller Lite, Captain Morgan and Jack Daniels and Pepsi. However, it is important to recognize that there is a security check at the gates for anything that is related to drugs, alcohol or weapons. Many people who attend Country Fest make sure to leave with a souvenir such as a hat or shirt to recall the memorable event. Country fest is known to be one of the top country concerts with the hottest country artists. There will be a wide variety of outstanding talent at the 2008 Country Fest this coming summer that should not be missed. The 2008 lineup is fantastic. Kenny Chesney, who has been nominated for twenty six awards and has received eighteen, six of these awards have been for Entertainment of the Year, which is an outstanding accomplishment. Brooks and Dunn, who have received an astounding fifty-two awards, have just released a new album. Cowboy Town will be performing as well. Sugarland (who will also be attending) ended a six year reign as Vocal Duo of the year for Brooks and Dunn. Other big artists include American Idol contestant Kellie Picker, Miranda Lambert, Emerson Drive, Trace Adkins, and Billy Currington. Each Country Artist will include songs from both of their old and new albums. It is always exciting to hear their latest songs, but it’s even better to hear familiar songs to sing and dance along to. Many people would agree that Country Fest is the chance of a lifetime. Although it is a “different” kind of vacation, it is known to be an unforgettable experience. If you are a person that likes country music, can tolerate camping, likes to have a great time with friends, and is available from June 26 through June 28, 2008 than Country Fest is the place for you!
The place where Country Fest is located, is in a little place called Cadott Wisconsin. Cadott Wisconsin was named after Jean Baptiste Cadotte, who was a famous fur trader. The town is located about 15 miles east of Chippewa Falls, WI and is located in one of the most gorgeous parts of Wisconsin. The town sits on the middle of the Northern Hemisphere, which is located at the 45th parallel north, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator. Many beautiful things are located here in Cadott Wisconsin. The Yellow river runs straight through the city and is one of the four main rivers located in Wisconsin. There are many other types of things that you can see around Cadott Wisconsin. There is beautiful scenery and woodlands that you can look at that present recreational things to do. There are also all sorts of rocks that are a site to see when in the city. Something that is very special to Cadott Wisconsin is that they possibly have the only remaining wooden butter churn. It might not seem like anything special, but to the older clubs and organizations in Wisconsin, it is. Cadott Wisconsin is very big on music festivals. They have two very popular music festivals during the summertime, which people from all over the Midwest attend. One of the festivals is called the Country Music Festival that features very famous country singers. Some singers that have performed in prior years include Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, and much more! The festival is usually held around the end of June, so it is a nice break for many college students to go listen to their favorite country singers. The other music festival is called Rock Fest that is usually held in mid July. Again, they feature very popular rock bands and performers. Some performers that they have featured in the past are: Kid Rock, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and many more. Both of these festivals are very popular things during the summer. Although Cadott Wisconsin has many features that may attract site-seers, the most well-known characteristic is that it is marked as a halfway point from the equator to the North Pole. Altogether Cadott Wisconsin is a place to be! It has many attractions for site-seers, music lovers, and even outdoorsmen. The city of Cadott Wisconsin is very proud to be located in such a prime spot. The city plans on celebrating is superior features for many years to come.
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Country Music Culture
Country music has evolved in a unique way over the past century. Starting in the 1920s, country music has made some long strides with the American culture. Country music began networking through old-time radio growing in popularity with performers from all over the country, and fans from unparalleled amounts. This unique style of music and culture is a distinct form of self-conscious community of music entertainment that this author calls “country music culture.” Focusing on the culture of this individual society of music and entertainment, country music has continuously accumulated shared attitudes, values, traditions, beliefs, rituals, and ceremonial events. Country music has a wide variety of styles and forms including private jam sessions, traditional local sites such as VFW’s, neighborhood barn dances, and even small town get-togethers where you might find semi-professional gospel singers. This study specifically focuses on professional country music, which the author states as the commercial phenomenon promoted aggressively by business interests through print and electronic media, recordings, radio, network and cable television, movies, public occasions, festivals, theme parks, and tourist destinations. Although country music has been influenced by over eighty years of evolution and diversity, it has maintained a distinct and personal tone. Country music has also kept its form of the domestic social life. Singers and songwriters have embraced the social and technological modernity, the popular country music culture has a delightful imagination for perceiving the transcending negative effects of culture and life in the present. The social energy at country music concerts has been recognized by many. Gatherings at country concerts have been compared to extended family dinners. There is a certain sense of connectedness that concert goers have been recognized for. This action has been perceived as a sustained affection for social connectedness, possibly a cure for the segregated and individualistic characteristics we see in so many societies in today’s American Culture. Country music has been recognized by many as the popular expression of heart break, hard times and personal failure. Many stereotypical views of country music consist of the traditional American male expressing his hard times in life when adapting to the social norms or expectations of the rural society. While country music has a respectively solid form, musicians have found new and interesting ways of integrating today’s pop culture and many other forms of vocal and instrumental styles into their own music.
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