The 2019 Common Ground Music Festival celebrates it’s 20th year with a star studded lineup of new and old during it’s Country Night on Saturday evening.

For 19 years, thousands of music fans have landed a spot on the grounds of the Louis Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing, MI. to attend the multi-genre, multiple day musical festival. In 2019, the Common Ground Music Festival is held over a four day period during the last week of June.

This year’s festival consists of two separate stages placed at the opposite ends of the park to allow for nonstop entertainment throughout the evening.

The Auto Value Main Stage gets the day started with regional artist, Eric Chesser. Eric now resides in the Chicago area and made the trip to Lansing to introduce his originals “I Can’t Read Your Mind,” “Good Times & Summer Days,” “Tailgate” and “Yes” to the Lansing concert goers.

The Sparrow Stage kicks off their evening with Lansing’s own local artist The Swift Brothers.

Clare Dunn brings the attention back to the main stage with her rowdy hair whipping guitar slashes and vocals. Setting the pace with her high energy single “Ferrari,” she continues on with more originals “Cowboy Side Of You,” “More,” “Tuxedo” and her most current release “My Love.” To help her win the crowd over, she tells of her time touring with Michigan’s own legendary Bob Seger. To honor him and show appreciation to the time they spent together on the road, Clare and her band perform “The Strut” while swaying and strutting on stage in unison.

Returning to the Sparrow Stage, another Lansing artist Rachel Curtis brings a group of supporters to cheer her on during her performance.

Posting an aerial assault on Lansing, Chris Janson enters the main stage showing off his leaping abilities while playing a harmonica in “Redneck Life.” During his performance at Common Ground Music Festival, Chris includes his hit song “Drunk Girl” before bringing a young boy up on stage to help him with his single, “Good Vibes.” Known also as a songwriter, Chris adds “I Love This Life” (LOCASH) and “Truck Yeah” (Tim McGraw) to his setlist before finishing his set with his crowd favorite hit to date “Buy Me A Boat.”

Being as it is the weekend leading up to the Independence Day holiday, it only seems as perfect timing for Tracy Lawrence to lead off his powerful performance on the Sparrow Stage with his latest single “Made In America.”

With hits like “Texas Tornado,” “If The World Had A Front Porch,” “Time Marches On,” “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” and his 1991 debut single “Sticks And Stones,” Tracy has the crowd singing with himself and the band, along with other hits he has accumulated over a career that has spanned the past 28 years.

Due to the crowds reactions and the size of the crowd that made the venture away from the main stage performances, it is evident that Tracy and his traditional country sounds are still alive in the presence of pop country popularity that has taken over country music. Tracy concludes his over an hour set, satisfying the crowd with his highly requested “Paint Me A Birmingham.”

The crowds rush back across the park as Cole Swindell headlines and closes out the main stage for Country Night at the Common Ground Music Festival. During his performance, Cole performs all his other top hits including “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Middle Of A Memory,” “Dad’s Old Number” and “Let Me See Ya Girl.” Throughout the evening, Cole performs songs from his third and most current studio album All Of It.  Released in August of 2018, Cole has already released two hit singles from the the album with “Love You Too Late” and “Break Up In The End.”

An emotional part in the show comes when Cole begins to sing “You Should Be Here,” and breaks down shortly after. The crowd jumps up to the occasion and helps Cole get through the tear jerking tribute song to his father who has passed before getting the chance to see Cole’s success. Cole puts the main stage to sleep for the evening by finishing his set with his current single “Drinkin’ Hours” and his Dierks Bentley duo single “Flatliner.”

Bringing the Country Night at Common Ground Music Festival to a close, the main stage opener Eric Chesser returns to the spotlight on the Sparrow Stage giving those still in a party mood a few more minutes to enjoy the evening before exiting the grounds for the evening.

Although the crowds appear to be a bit smaller at this year’s event, those in attendance didn’t mind as the atmosphere was still energetic while fun was had by all. They enjoyed the performances from the artists on stage so much and realize the price of a ticket for the event is affordable for all the acts on stage that they vow to return again next year.

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Event Date: 29-JUN-2019