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WE Fest returns with another fantastic weekend of country music

Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley
Shannon Northbird

Friday night was the second night of the annual gathering known as WE Fest located in Detroit Lakes Minnesota at the Soo Pass Ranch and people came out in droves to see the likes of Chris Jansen, Randy Houser, The Band Perry and Brad Paisley.

Organizers could not have asked for better weather with temperatures ranging from clear skies and a sunny 80 during the day and dropping off into the 60’s at night.

WE Fest is the premier outdoor country music festival in Northern Minnesota. Bringing in an estimated crowd of 48,000 for the festival. Two Headliners for next year’s festival have already been announced and tickets are flying off the shelf with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert signing on. Country music’s power couple are rumored to be putting the final touches on a new tour together, so it’s possible the two may perform the same night at the festival.

Randy Houser who is quickly becoming a name in country music, sounded incredible and really got the crowd into the music. Houser who broke out last year with “How Country Feels”, followed that up with “Runnin' Out of Moonlight," "Goodnight Kiss" and his latest single “Cowboy” which allows Houser to show off his pipes. His voice sounded strong and he had a great set of songs and the crowd was in to it.

Following Houser was The Band Perry who never disappoint, with Kimberly’s sassy persona and amazing voice and brothers Reid and Neil completing the mix with their crazy antics on stage. They performed crowd favorites like the foot stomping “Done,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” “Better Dig Two” and mega hit “If I Die Young.”

Following the Perry’s was a man who needs no introduction with over a decade of hits Brad Paisley was the perfect way to wrap up the night. All night Paisley shared about life, love, getting rid of "Tick" parasites, being "Celebrity" famous and hanging out on the “River Bank.” Oh and getting dirty with a little “Mud On The Tires.” Paisley had a song for everyone, his energy on stage was infectious to watch, as it would be easily safe to say that the crowd of 48,000 had their eyes glued on him the entire time.

The festival will officially conclude tomorrow with another stellar line up with Thompson Square, Travis Tritt, Brantley Gilbert and Zac Brown Band closing out the night. Tickets are still available at

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