Lakes Jam Day Two - The Crowd Wants Moore
by Kailee Thompson
Campers slowly made their way out of their tents, RVs, and ice houses Friday morning as they began the recovery process from the Thursday night spectacular. There was still plenty more to see and do on Friday that no one wanted to miss a thing.
At 10am, you could choose from a whole host of things to do. Swing on by the main lot to see brand new car tires get worn down in 45 seconds when the professional drifters started screeching down the pavement. Just right across the way was the watercross riders. Nothing says Minnesota more than a snowmobile being put to use on open water. It was a hot day and the crowd gathered close in hopes they would be sprayed with water just to cool down a bit.
All the way in the back of the general admission camping were the annual lawnmower races. Racers bring their lawn mowers to the festival to test their abilities on who has the best rider in town. And if these things were not enough for you, hopping on a golf cart to look at all the decorated campsites could be entertained for hours. From a site offering real massages for “beer money” to a redneck Christmas trailer to interactive campsites allowing visitors to press their luck at the wheel to see what drink awaited their fate. By Friday afternoon, the campsites were rowdy and ready for a long day ahead.
First up in the concert bowl was Mitch Gordon followed by Little Texas. Sawyer Brown Band hit the stage at 6pm ready to amp of the crowd as the sun got ready to set. Sawyer Brown Band just released their 23rd album, but their energy on stage is as fresh as ever. Their hit song “Some Girls Do” had strangers dancing and laughing together as the fans screamed the lyrics back at the band. Lead singer, Mark Miller, was jumping around the stage, swinging his arms around, doing whatever dance move he felt like doing. This is a band that LOVES what the do and they want the crowd to be apart of it. Sawyer Brown Band was the talk of the night with a radiating energy, catchy tunes, and contagious excitement.
American Idol season ten winner, Scotty McCreery was next to hit the stage. At 25 years old, he has several hit songs, a beautiful family, and a dream come true. He told his story when he was on American Idol and George Strait called McCreery giving him the song “Check Yes or No” to perform. Since covering other artists songs on the show, McCreery has gone on to have his own hits, which he performed, such as “The Trouble With Girls,” “Five More Minutes,” and his latest single “This Is It.” During the love song “This Is It” a man in the crowd dropped on one knee and asked the woman he loved to be his wife. The woman accepted and McCreery gave them a shout out on stage.
With love and excitement in the air, everyone was ready to have the main act to take the stage. Before that though, Lakes Jam announced two headliners for next year - Jon Pardi and Brothers Osborne! The people erupted and many vowing to buy their three day passes for next year already.
Finally, the lights went out and the man by the name of Justin Moore with his tall, white cowboy hat, strolled on stage. Moore promised the crowd that they would not go home without hearing every song they wanted to hear and he surpassed all expectations. Moore has so many hit songs from the radio and he played every single one of them. Singing along, songs included “Til My Last Day,” “Bait a Hook, “Somebody Else Will” and “Kinda Don’t Care.” As you walked around the crowd you saw a lot of people sporting Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” t-shirt.
Moore is a family man who loves the U.S.A. A woman was face timing someone unable to attend the show because he is currently serving our country. Moore took her phone and sang to the man for an entire song and finally thanking him for his service. Finally, Justin Moore finished his set with a few cover songs that he hit out of the park. His final song, “Simple Man,” a Lynyrd Skynyrd original, hit the heartstrings as he hit every note and sang with passion.
Day two of Lakes Jam was nothing short of a good time. Every year keeps getting better and better and the crowd is always blown away. The country nights may be over for the weekend, but Saturday has a rock line-up you don’t want to miss. Grab your 2020 tickets and start preparing for next June!