Start your year off right with any number of notable country music festivals scheduled for the early half of 2014. From Jason Aldean to Carrie Underwood, the industry's top stars will soon be out in full force, so browse the information below for a sneak peak at what's to come from some of the most music world's most anticipated concert events.
Inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival Lineup Puts Spotlight on Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood
After experiencing overwhelming success with the pop-heavy iHeartRadio Music Festival, the music-oriented website has finally decided to launch a new festival that centers solely on country music. The first edition of the single-day iHeartRadio Country Festival will take place on March 29 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and the lineup announced on Jan. 8 includes a number of the genre’s biggest stars.
In total, nine performers are on tap to take the stage for the festival. The major headliners for 2014 will be Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Eric Church, all of whom will be regulars on the festival touring circuit this summer. The three also will be joined by GRAMMY Award-winning artists Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, the trio that released its fourth consecutive chart-topping album in May 2013. Also on the bill will be “Cruise” duo Florida Georgia Line, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” hit-maker Jake Owen, “Wanted” singer Hunter Hayes, and newcomers Dan and Shay.
2014 Houston Rodeo Lineup to Feature a Wealth of Country Music Stars
Earlier in March, the state of Texas will once again play host to a celebrated collection of musicians when the Houston Rodeo rolls into town. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has a power-packed lineup in store for its 20-day run, which this year will span from March 4-23. The lineup will feature mostly country musicians, including the first three nights when Brad Paisley (March 4), Eli Young Band (March 5), and Reba McEntire (March 6) headline at Reliant Stadium. Also on tap are iHeartRadio Country Festival performers Jason Aldean (March 11), Jake Owen (March 12), Hunter Hayes (March 15), Luke Bryan (March 17), and Florida Georgia Line (March 19). The final four nights will close the rodeo with a punch, as Blake Shelton (March 20), Easton Corbin (March 21), The Band Perry (March 22), and Zac Brown Band (March 23) are scheduled to take the stage.
A handful of pop, rock, and R&B performers also will be on hand for the three-week event. Among them are Usher (March 7), Selena Gomez (March 9), REO Speedwagon (March 10), Maroon 5 (March 13) and Robin Thicke (March 18).
More Country Music Festivals Ahead for 2014
In addition to these two major Texas music festivals, fans also will be able to see a wealth of talented country musicians on stage in February via the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The multi-week event running from Feb. 6-23 will bring another stacked lineup to the Lone Star State, including performances from the likes of Tim McGraw (Feb. 8), Kacey Musgraves (Feb. 12), Rascal Flatts (Feb. 17), and Martina McBride (Feb. 21), among many others.
A number of fan-friendly events have been scheduled ahead of the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas this year. Aside from the official ceremony, which takes place April 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there also will be an ACM Fan Jam event hosted by Florida Georgia Line on April 6, as well as a live taping of an ACM Presents concert on April 7.
Elsewhere in the U.S., the Arizona edition of Country Thunder will take place from April 10-13 in Florence, Ariz., with headliners Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and The Band Perry. In Indio, Calif., the Stagecoach Country Music Festival will celebrate its eighth year from April 25-27. Aside from headliners Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church, acts like Don McLean, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, and Loretta Lynn also are expected to perform.