Country Thunder sets first day attendance record

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- The Country Thunder country music festival had a first day record-setting audience of over 24,000 fans on Thursday.

Thompson Square, Will Hoge, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Bexley and Chad Brownlee kicked off the show on the main stage.

The festival also features the Jack Daniel's Experience, Denim and Diamonds on-site bar, over 18 food vendors and nearly three dozen retail vendors.

Tickets are still available. Four-day passes are available for $220 and only available at the gate.

Additionally, single-day tickets are on sale with Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets available for $90 and Thursday tickets available for $75. (A four-day admission wristband is required to enter the campgrounds) For more info on tickets or for any of your Country Thunder needs, visit


Main Stage

Friday, April 11:
2:30-3:30pm Mary Hoffman
4:00-5:00pm Cassadee Pope
5:30-6:30pm Sawyer Brown
7:00-8:30pm Easton Corbin
9:00-10:30pm The Band Perry

Saturday, April 12:
2:30-3:30pm LoCash Cowboys
4:00-5:00pm Charlie Worsham
5:30-6:30pm Mark Chesnutt
7:00-8:30pm Craig Morgan
9:00-10:30pm Miranda Lambert

Sunday, April 13:
2:30-3:30pm Matt Farris
4:00-5:00pm Joe Diffie
5:30-6:30pm Tyler Farr
7:00-8:00pm Colt Ford
8:30-10:00pm Jason Aldean
Jack Daniel's Courtyard: "Presented by Jack Daniel's Whiskey"
Friday, April 11:
1:30-2:30pm American Longspurs
3:00-4:00pm Davis Highway
4:30-5:30pm Saddles
6:00-7:00pm Michael Harter
7:30-8:30pm Tramps & Thieves
10:30-11:45pm Laura Walsh
12:15-1:30am Ace N Eights
Saturday, April 12:
1:30-2:30pm Westwind
3:00-4:00pm Tequila Highway
4:30-5:30pm Laura Walsh
6:00-7:00pm Michael Harter
7:30-8:30pm Brandon Wild
10:30-11:45pm Benson Band & Heartlyn Rae
12:15-1:30am 74th Street Band
Sunday, April 13:
1:30-2:30pm American Longspurs
3:00-4:00pm Murrieta
4:30-5:30pm Lauren Riley
6:00-7:00pm Brandon Wild
7:30-8:30pm 74th Street Band
10:30-11:30pm Zona Road
12:00-1:30am Sheri Rowe