Buckle Up Music Festival - The Acts by Lauren Becker
Pictures by Lauren Becker
The first artist that I was able to catch was Eric Paslay at the main stage. I wasn't familiar with the name, but I ended up knowing a few of his songs, which is always nice.
Later in the night, when the Eli Young Band played, they even brought Eric out for a song with them. The pictures above, however, are for Eric's own set.
I watched Ashley Monroe on the River Stage, which is great because almost every spot gives you a nice view. I wasn't sure who Ashley was at first, but once she started talking about her career, I realized I already knew her in a way. She's in the all-girl country group Pistol Annies (which also has Miranda Lambert). She sang one of their songs, as well as a couple other popular country songs that she helped write, but someone else sang. Of course, she sang a lot of her own work too, and I can definitely say I'm a fan now.
The Eli Young Band played on the Main Stage. They were pretty lively and upbeat; definitely a good band for their time slot since it was later in the night.
Alabama was the main band on Friday night. It was fun seeing generations of country fans, especially during this show. I grew up listening to a lot of songs from Alabama, so it was really cool recognizing so many.
For Buckle Up, my mom joined me because she is a big country fan and has been all her life. In fact, my mom and dad's first date was going to an Alabama concert, so she was excited to see them live after all these years. She definitely enjoyed it, and I think that's a plus for a festival like Buckle Up. It gives you a chance to see certain acts you might not normally be able to see live.
Thompson Square played at the River Stage. They are a husband and wife duo that my mom and I saw live a few years ago. They are definitely cute to watch live!
They mixed in some other tunes like "Say Something" by A Great Big World, which was cool to hear. I kind of think of them as a rock-country act in some ways. Their music is mainly country sounding, but their persona and look screams rock.
Thompson Square bumped right into The Band Perry's set, so we had to leave a little early to try and get a good enough spot. My mom thought Thompson Square was a bit boring, but I think that's mainly because The Band Perry had so much energy. Their set really screamed "main band" compared to TS.
Finally, we have The Band Perry. They were the main band for the Sunday night show, so obviously they were singing on Main Stage. The three of them are siblings, in case you didn't know, and they put on an amazing show. I would definitely see them live again.
All of them were brimming with energy and I loved Kimberly's stories in between songs. She knows how to keep a crowd's interest.
They played a variety of songs from their albums, and I found I knew most of them, which is always fun. A couple songs they sang were "I'm a Keeper" and "Pioneer."
Behind them were three big screens that often had one sibling in each as they performed, so you got a close up view. They also had some cool designs and things like the picture above, which is for the song "You Lie."
I could probably go on about this performance for awhile now, but this post is long enough. I will say that my mom and I probably found The Band Perry's performance to be the best over the weekend, but everyone seemed to be having a good time and all the acts put on good shows. I want to thank Buckle Up for allowing me to attend the festival and I'm definitely curious to see what artists they bring to Cincinnati next year!