Boots In The Park @ SilverLakes Park – 06/19/2021
After 15 months of Covid-19 restrictions on gathering and mask wearing, live music returned to Southern California in a grand way on Saturday June 19th as 14,000 Country music fans swarmed SilverLakes Sports Park in Norco for the SoCal version of Boots In The Park headlined by singer/songwriter Chris Young. Fans were delighted to be back in a festival atmosphere with thousands of like-minded peers ready to crack open a few cold-ones, chow on some BBQ and most of all sing along and enjoy live music.
In addition to Chris Young, the stellar lineup included Scotty McCreery, Dylan Scott, Tenille Townes, Leaving Austin and Tim Hurley – a rotation of some of the best young talent currently in Country music. The weather was perfect – blue skies and 95 degrees, well maybe a tad hot. . . but that did not hinder any part of the day in anyway as fans were overheard time and time again stating how wonderful it was to be out with friends in this atmosphere and to actually see peoples smiling faces.
The venue opened at noon and anxious fans started to take their spot inside the beautiful SilverLakes event park. A large part of the field was marked for lawnchairs while thousands decided to pack in as close as possible to the stage. The music started around 1:00pm with Tim Hurley kicking off the show and as excited as the fans were to be at this event, the artists were equally as enthusiastic to be back onstage in front of their fans. This lineup minus Townes and Hurley performed the night before in Fresno so was the second time onstage in many months for most of the artists and you could easily feel the energy and passion from each and every performance as a result.
Austin Machado from Leaving Austin got down and close with many fans as he grabbed photos and hats from fans reaching for him and signed their items, Tenille Townes is just a ball of fire onstage regardless if she is strumming her guitar or just singing and Dylan Scott REALLY got the crowd going with songs like “Beer Buddies” and asking where all the crazy girls are before the song “Crazy Over Me”.
With only six acts on this festival, it gave each performer 45 min to 90 min onstage so you really were able to enjoy each performer in more of a headline set and get to hear all your favorite songs.
By the time Scotty McCreery hit the stage at 6:45pm the venue was filled and although the crowd wasn’t as rowdy as during Dylan Scott’s set, they were surely totally engaged with McCreery’s performance as there was lots of line dancing, high fives and fans screaming during the entire American Idol winner’s set. McCreery certainly has one of the today’s most recognizable Country voices and it is obvious his influences were such Country legends as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and George Jones as he mesmerized all in attendance for just over 75 minutes.
Chris Young closed out this amazing day of live music with a 90-minute set opening with “Hangin On” and ended with “Aw Naw” and the set was choc full of hits in-between. This boot-stomping celebration was just what Southern California needed and the smiles on the faces of the fans and the artists were priceless! Live music is back, buckle up and purchase your tickets as the rest of 2021 is PACKED with shows and festivals of all musical genres!