Windy City Smokeout Thursday: Chicago’s premier country music festival kicks off at United Center with Willie Nelson as headliner

Windy City Smokeout Thursday: Chicago’s premier country music festival kicks off at United Center with Willie Nelson as headliner

CHICAGO (TOC) — Nation music followers are fired up for the return of the Windy Metropolis Smokeout!

There’s nonetheless a gradual line of followers coming in now, and fingers crossed, it seems to be like we’re hopefully going to have some higher climate this 12 months.

The four-day music and barbecue pageant options a number of the largest names in nation music.

Morgan Wade simply carried out. Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and the legendary Willie Nelson are additionally set to carry out this 12 months.

RELATED: Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw headline Windy Metropolis Smokeout nation music pageant at United Heart

Barbecue pit masters from throughout the nation are additionally right here with their mouth-watering creations.

The gates opened at 2 p.m. and musical acts will proceed all through the night.

The large act Thursday is Willie Nelson and Household. They’re scheduled to start acting at 9 p.m.

Some followers traveled right here from all throughout the nation only for this pageant.

“We flew out from Oregon. They drove up from Tennessee simply to get collectively and see household and to see nice music,” mentioned attendee Steven Neel.

“Willie Nelson, in fact, however Zach Bryan’s — the large cause why we got here,” mentioned fellow attendee Hunter Houser.

“Turnpike Troubadours, one in all our favourite bands. We got here from Rhode Island, truly,” added Allison Hawbecker.

“We’re smoking some rooster and a few tri-tips as a result of we’re visiting from California,” mentioned Burt Bakman, with Slab Barbecue. “That is the barbecue spirit coming to you. You see, it may go wherever and it is coming to you proper now. So simply so you recognize that is good luck. That is a superb factor. I will take it.”

The premier out of doors nation music and BBQ pageant within the nation will run from August 4-7 on the United Heart.

Tickets begin at $45, and purchases after July twenty sixth shall be out there at will name.

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