That’s All for Now, Jammers
by Kailee Thompson
The weekend at Lakes Jam has come to a close, but man was it a good one. Fans were sporting their best looks for the weekend, dressing in everything from inflatable rings, personalized tees, band t-shirts, and even drawn-on sharpie outfits. You may have been camping next to strangers, but by the end, they were not strangers anymore. Rather they were now your friends that you were making plans to meet up with every year at future Lakes Jam festivals.
Whether it was a new artist people may have been hearing for the first time or the headlining acts of LOCASH, Kip Moore, or Brantley Gilbert, everyone was out to have some good, clean fun. Jake Nelson opened by pouring his heart out on stage, showcasing his singing and guitar talent to the first crowd of the weekend. Followed by Californian, Tim Hurley, new country queen Ashley McBryde, and the dynamic duo of LOCASH, Thursday’s lineup brought the largest first-night crowd in Lakes Jam history.
As people recovered from an incredible day one, they poured in for Friday’s line-up. Bringing in newcomers, Bobby McClendon, Elizabeth Lyons and The Skahls, Friday started off with great talent and true country music. Kip Moore made sure he put on a performance worth everyone’s Beer Money and Brantley Gilbert ended the night with fire coming up from the stage, background videos to complement his songs, and one hell of a party.
Nothing brings people together from all over like country music and Lakes Jam is a prime example. With outdoor events like watercross, car drifting, and lawnmower races, to vendors selling beer shirts, global merchandise, or cowboy hats, people from all backgrounds and interests found common ground with different people around them at the festival. Lakes Jam was more than a music festival, but it also felt like one big family reunion. Whether it was your camping neighbor sharing their breakfast with you in the morning or clanking cups with the stranger next to you as Brantley Gilbert sang Bottoms Up, there was nothing but smiles from campsite to the concert bowl.
Lakes Jam 2018 was the epitome of a perfect summer weekend. Beautiful weather, cold, beer, outdoor entertainment, and country music all took part in defining what it means to celebrate summertime in Minnesota. The event continued into Saturday with a rock night, adding even another layer that sets Lakes Jam apart from other music festivals. If you missed it this year, don’t make the mistake of missing it again next year. It may be the end for now, but they are already getting ready for next year, announcing that Justin Moore is to headline Friday night!
Get online, purchase your tickets, reserve your campsite and get ready for Lakes Jam 2019!