Lakes Jam 2019- Day One of the Fun
By: Kailee Thompson
Night one of Lakes Jam was INSANE. Not only did they have a stellar line-up for the night, but they came back this year bigger and better than ever with new vendors, more sponsors, and more stages.
This year, Twisted Tea and 102.9 The Wolf are sponsors for the festival. With their addition, there was a bags tournament added to things to do that is taking place throughout the weekend, consisting of people dressing up in costumes to try and win prizes. The Wolf now has a stage in the campground that has local acts playing throughout the day. The rumor spreading around is that the stage is where Lakes Jam used to be held until they moved to the big concert bowl, so they are adding a piece of Lakes Jam history to the campgrounds as the festival starts to expand more and more every year.
Campers have filled the field and you can see the spark of creativity as people decorate their campers in the sport of drinking or to try and win the campsite decorating contest that also occurs later this weekend. This isn’t a festival where people show up with just one or two people. Families, friends, and all alike squish together to create campsites of ten, twenty, or even thirty people. Everyone wants to be a part of Lakes Jam.
There were a few clouds in the sky and a few drops of rain, but the energy was hot and nothing could keep the crowd from having a good time. Thursday night started with former Division I athlete turned country music singer, Eric Chesser. Following Chesser was a newer act who got everyone pumped up, Jackie Lee. Lee was jumping in the crowd taking selfies and videos with everyone. Those who didn’t come early missed out on an act that is sure to make it big soon. Personable, friendly, and energetic, Lee created an atmosphere that left people yearning for more country music.
Finally, it was time for the hard-working, spunky, country beauty, Lauren Alaina. Lauren was originally supposed to perform last year at Lakes Jam, but do to sickness, she had to cancel day of. This year, Lauren came on stage full of fire ready to make up for her following years absence. It’s hard not to fall in love with Lauren the minute she hits the stage because of her big heart, strong vocals, and fiery personality. She threw in the mix some rock covers, like “Paradise City” while also singing her popular songs, such as “Road Less Travelled” and “Doin’ Fine.” One of Lauren’s numbers which has become almost a staple in her shows is her song “Next Boyfriend.” If you’re lucky you may get picked from the crowd to dance with her. Lauren’s performance was more than the crowd could ask for and she tore up that stage with every bit of energy she had.
Finally, the man everyone had been talking about leading up to the night, Gary Allan, came out ready to burn the night down. Gary has been to Minnesota recently and his fans are die-hards who go all out for him. Gary moved all over the stage not taking one second to rest, as he wanted to leave everything on the table. Every song, the entire crowd was belting out the lyrics and every time a song would end they would beg for more. Gary had the crowd swaying back and forth during “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” and then had people jumping and screaming to “Watching Airplanes.” Of course, he nailed his performance with his other hit songs “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” and “Right Where I Need To Be.” Gary Allen was the perfect headliner for Thursday night and got the festival off to an incredible start. People were ready to keep the party going as they kept singing Gary’s songs when he was no longer on stage and as they walked back to their campsite.
Thursday night of Lakes Jam was one for the books, but Friday has a lot of promise for the day. The fans are going out of their minds with excitement for Scotty McCreery and Justin Moore. With the ending of day one, day two starts up with a whole lot of energy and fans ready for more drinks, laughs, and country music.