Live updates for the 2021 festival


FLORENCE – Country Thunder Arizona is finally back at Canyon Moon Ranch outside Florence for a four-day weekend starting Thursday, October 14, starring Old Dominion sets Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs and Eric Church.

Originally scheduled for April 2020, the country music festival has been rescheduled three times due to COVID-19.

We’ll be updating this blog throughout the weekend with photos and highlights from Arizona’s biggest music festival.

Meghan Patrick’s trip to Country Thunder Arizona did not go as smoothly as expected.

American Airlines sent her luggage to Los Angeles and the singer took to Instagram to share her airline story, which she laughed at “a really well put together company that really knows what they’re doing.” , finding her bag in LA. and mistakenly sending it to Flagstaff when it finally arrived in Phoenix.

“I mean, why send bags to where the person is or where they should go,” she asked, “when you can just put them on a random flight somewhere else? “

The video showed her driving to shop for new clothes with her group mates.

“So I still don’t have any clothes,” she continued. “I have pizza stained sweatpants and a hoodie. So we’re going shopping.

She ended the story with, “So thank you for nothing, American Airlines. You are useless. “

Patrick also shared his story with the crowd at Country Thunder, explaining the struggle to find shorts that fit him well.

“Forever 21 is really for the 21 year old butt,” she said, sharing details of her “quick store”.

– Ed Masley and KiMi Robinson

Nolan Sotillo kicked off Country Thunder 2021 with an ensemble of covers and original songs, including “Somebody Like Me,” in front of a crowd scattered in the seats and camped on the grass. A lone gentleman in a cowboy hat enthusiastically danced to every song at the end of the catwalk.

A group of women waved their arms in the air in gratitude when Sotillo performed “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down. This fan of pop music, however, was won over by his interpretation of Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” earworm.

“You’ve been waiting for this for a while, haven’t you?” Sotillo asked the crowd in a moment that would have been poignant, if only he had had a warmer welcome.

Sadly, the mostly seated audience missed the memo, and Sotillo had to repeat himself, reminding everyone that it had been two years since the last Country Thunder Arizona. This one earned him some applause and scattered cries.

– KiMi Robinson

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All roads lead to Country Thunder, unless you’re like me and missed the turn onto Price Station Road from State Route 79.

I arrived long before Nolan Sotillo took the stage as the opening act of the day at 3:30 p.m. The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers of “event traffic” via an alert on a notice board on US 60 as it approaches Apache Junction.

“Expect delays”, we can read.

So if you can try to get here as early as possible as Google Maps is starting to show orange and red dots indicating traffic at the entrance to Country Thunder.

– KiMi Robinson

It will be some time before the music reaches the main stage but the doors opened, as they do every day at 9 a.m.

Thursday’s headliner is Dustin Lynch, who kicked off his career with a million-sales breakthrough called “Cowboys and Angels,” which topped the country charts with seven hits, including “Where It’s At, “” Small Town Boy, “and” Ridin ‘Routes. “

Here’s a look at the lineup for Thursday’s main stage.

  • 3:30 p.m .: Nolan Sotillo
  • 5 p.m .: Meghan Patrick
  • 6.30 p.m .: Filmore
  • 8 p.m .: Mitchell Tenpenny
  • 10 p.m .: Dustin Lynch

– Ed Masley

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