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Ultimate Country Music Fun at the Shipkicker Country Music Festival

We were invited as a guest of the venue.

The Queen Mary hosted its 3rd Annual Shipkicker Music Festival, and it was the place to be for Southern California country music fans.  Not only did you have a full day of music, but there were also food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors and the Shipkicker Saloon with line dancing and amazing performances on three different stages.

Jake Parr is an amazing up and coming singer, songwriter, and musician who opened things up on the main stage.  This talented young man is an OC native growing up in Tarzana, CA and after just a few seconds into his set, he had the crowd on their feet and dancing to his music.  After his set, Jake took to the crowd to shake hands and mingle with his fans.  It is one of the things I love most about country music; the performers are just down home folks who love to mingle with their fans.

Next up was the winner of the Shipkicker’s Battle of the  Bands, James Rensink.  James’ music is a blend of pop and indie with country and is the new wave of country music that is hitting the airwaves.

Honey Country is a 3 part vocal harmonies Southern California Country Pop group that Rolling Stone named as one of the top 10 country artists you need to know.  These young ladies had so much energy and had the crowd singing and dancing along to their hits like “Blood from a stone.”  You may have seen these talented ladies on VH1’s Make a Band Famous, where they were semi-finalists.

Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide didn’t disappoint with their energetic set of rock-n-roll, blues, country music that had the fans on their feet and singing along to their original songs.  My favorite moment of the set was when Daniel led the crowd in a sing-along of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell.  This band is a favorite of So Cal and play gigs throughout South Orange County.

Our favorite of the night was The Swon Brothers.  These talented artists finished third on the fourth season of the voice and were 2014 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees.  Their set was striped down and raw, just the guys and their guitars.  The audience loved their song “Don’t Call Me” and erupted in cheers to a cover of Garth Brook’s “Friends in Low Places.”  If you get a chance to see them live, you will walk away as lifetime fans.

Jerrod Riemann always delivers a high energy performance and entertains the crowd.  After performing “God Made a Woman,” he told the crowd he was happy his pain is their pleasure.  The fans went crazy when he had Lee Brice join him on stage to perform the latest duo, “A Little More Love.”

The night’s headliner, Lee Brice, did not disappoint.  The fans happily sang along with his hits, “Drinking Class,” “I Drive Your Truck,” and “Parking Lot Party” and when he slowed things down to perform, “That Don’t Sound Like You,” the crowd swayed back and forth and couples held each other close.

The crowds were entertained by an amazing group of talented artists and partner that with the beautiful So Cal weather, the 2017 Shipkicker had everything anyone could ask for to make up a GREAT music festival.  This music festival by the sea is a favorite among country fans from young to old and did not disappoint.

Thank you, Queen Mary, for an incredible 2017 Shipkicker Music Festival!  This mommy/daughter duo can’t wait for next year.

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