Now that 2017 has wrapped up, it’s time to take a look back on all of the past year’s events. It was a year of new music, great shows as well as heartbreak and sorrow. Albums were released, new musicians were discovered and many old favorites even released new music! 2017 was definitely a year we will ever forget.
Thundernation, we saw you at Starland Ballroom time and time again for artists like Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Gary Allen, Cole Swindell, Michael Ray, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Kip Moore and so many others. It’s impossible to pick favorites from this list after they all put on incredible shows. However, Jake Owen was a highlight. He joined us for Thunder106’s St. Jude Radiothon After Party. With your help, we raised over $111,000.00!
Thunder106 also brought Parmalee, Drew Baldridge, and Dylan Scott to iPlay America in Freehold. These shows had such an intimate setting that it felt like we were really getting to know them as artists and performers. Speaking of intimate settings, let’s not forget about the summer country concert series at Jenks in Point Pleasant! We even got to see Midland perform there and before we knew it, they became one of country music’s hottest acts. They are nominated for 2 Grammys and they are joining Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves on tour this year.
We’ve heard from you, Thundernation, so we know that Thunderfest at PNC Bank Art Center was a huge highlight of the year for you as well. It was a day full of music starring Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese. The weather was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better day or better performers!
We had a lot to be excited about this year, but we were also reminded whats really important by heartbreaking loses. Troy Gentry, half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, was suddenly killed in a helicopter crash in Medford, NJ in September. The duo was almost done with a new album at the time of the crash. Eddie Montgomery is planning on continuing the band that the pair worked so hard on for the past two decades. Shortly after his death, the first single off of thier new album was released with Gentry on lead vocals.
More 50 lives were lost and another 400 were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in early October. A single gunman fired from a nearby hotel room during a performance by Jason Aldean on the last night of the festival. Thundernation, we owe it to those people to carry on and to continue to keep them in our thoughts at every country concert and festival.
We learned, lost and loved in 2017 and we must carry that into the new year. We have an awful lot to look forward to in 2018, Thundernation! Stay tuned to Thunder106 for updates on upcoming concerts, events and, of course, all of the hottest cutting edge country!