Five local and regional bands have been added to the lineup for Country Boom, a two-day music festival making its debut July 13-14 on the former Maple Grove Country Club grounds near West Salem.
La Crosse area favorites that will be performing include the Pat Watters Band, Blue Collar 40 and Burnin’ Whiskey, which will celebrate the release of its debut recording (a five-song EP) with a show May 12 at The Brickhouse. In addition, two Minnesota bands have been added to the festival: County Line Drive from Rochester and Diesel Drive from St. Charles.
The local and regional acts will play on the main stage and in the VIP area, which will be in the space formerly occupied by the country club’s pool.
Headliners for the festival’s first year include Randy Houser, Aaron Lewis, Tyler Farr, Riley Green and Ben Johnson on Friday, and Chase Rice, Phil Vassar, Michael Tyler, Faren Rachels, Josh Phillips and Jake Rose on Saturday.
Ticket prices are $35 for a one-day general admission pass or $50 for both days. Reserved seats go for $125 for the weekend, and there will be two sections of reserved VIP seating, with the closer seats going for $250 and the others going for $200. In addition to premium seating, the VIP passes also include beverages and access to the VIP building.
The festival also will feature a standing-room-only “pit” directly in front of the stage, where people can pay $5 to $30 for a pass during any given artist’s set to get a more up-close experience.
A camping site for the weekend will go for $85, with a campground access pass costing $20 per person. There will be 1,300 camp sites available this year.
For tickets or more information, visit countryboom.com.