Festival Fever: CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, 7/13/13

Last summer, there was quite a loud and angry outcry from Local 518 country music fans when the folks at WGNA-FM announced that they were moving the annual CountryFest indoors to the Times Union Center in Albany.

Well, they didn’t make that same mistake again this year…

CountryFest celebrates its 20th anniversary with a move to a new outdoor venue, the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, and a couple of headline acts who have shifted their music from the pop end of the spectrum to embrace a more twang-centric sound – Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker.

The fest kicks off at 12noon on Saturday, July 13, and rounding out the CountryFest line-up will be Easton Corbin, Mark Wills, heritage artist Joe Diffie and newcomers Greg Bates and Joel Crouse.

Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate; children ages 10 and under FREE. This year for the first time a limited number of VIP tickets – priced at $65 – will also be available.

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