Festival highlights country


Country starts set to perform at Red, White, and Boom Friday-Saturday.

By Aayat Ali

The twelfth annual Red, White and Boom is primed and ready to shoot for the stars this weekend at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

In the past, the celebration has occurred in the midst of summer typically around the Fourth of July, but this year, due to the huge lineup, the festival has had to push back their dates to Labor Day weekend.

This year’s lineup is filled with well-known country stars. Friday includes Maren Morris, Cam, critically acclaimed and Grammy award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves and all-time Lexington favorite headliner Eric Church.  

Saturday begins with Jordan Rager, Granger Smith, Thomas Rhett and will top off with Jason Aldean who has been a staple in country music for over a decade.

Aldean is no stranger to Lexington, having played Rupp Arena twice and Heritage Hall at the Lexington Center. 

The final night will begin with Canaan Smith, Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell, and close out with Florida Georgia Line who last played Rupp Arena in 2014.

With all of the headliners having played Rupp Arena in the past three years, the celebration will be a sort of homecoming. This is the first time Red, White and Boom has billed established musicians, as opposed to the up-and-coming artists of the past.

“The stage will be 70 feet tall, so it’s almost a seven-story building in the outfield.  With that will come pretty advanced Jumbotrons and lighting — everything you would expect from these acts at Rupp Arena,” IHeartMedia Senior Vice President Michael Jordan told the Herald-Leader.

Country music being a Kentucky favorite, the availability of acts caused the celebration to be pushed back a few months. Nonetheless, the festival plans to be the biggest it has ever been.

After its success of expanding into a two-day festival in 2014, the 12th Red, White and Boom will be a memorable one.

Tickets can be purchased at Whitaker Bank Ballpark office or on their website.