Norco, CA- Nothing screams, “America!” louder than muscle cars, country music and craft beer, and what better way to pre-celebrate Independence Day than with a day-long festival that has all three? If you were lucky enough to catch wind of MuscleKingz’s inaugural car show and concert event on July 1st, 2017, then you know what I’m talking about. From the high gloss finish of the rows upon rows of sharp looking autos on display, to the tasty bevy of delicious alcoholic offerings to the top-notch lineup of well established and up and coming country music acts, MuscleKingz produced an outstanding day of entertainment at the newly built SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco, CA.
General admission to the day’s festivities was only $40, with discounted rates for children between the ages of 6-12 ($10) and those 5 and younger (free). The pricing structure made this event extremely family friendly, and families came out in droves to ogle at cool cars produced during the years 1960-2018, picnic on the nicely manicured lawns on family blankets or even learn how to line dance under the shade of a huge dancing tent. There was a little bit of everything for everybody at this event, and while there was plenty of beer to be drunk, cooler and rational heads seemed to have prevailed. There was plenty of security and staff on the premises, but they might as well have been enjoying the activities with the patrons since there wasn’t any moment that I felt required their attention. Perhaps, the family atmosphere of the day helped curry that kind of pleasant mood.
And while car enthusiasts huddled around cars to discuss the parts and efforts it took to create, or recreate, engines, while their children ran about to run their finger across theses mechanical beauties, or beer aficionados took advantage of the various beers samplings that bordered the venue, it was the music the surely, and ultimately, lured the masses to the small city of Norco that takes pride on being as rural, rustic and country as it possibly can be.
Dan + Shay headlined the festival’s musical offerings, and that, in my opinion, was a pretty impressive get. With their new single “How Not To” recently reaching No.1 on Billboard’s Country Music chart, Dan + Shay are about as in demand and “popular” as a country act can be. To snag them as headliners, I’m sure, was no small feat. It’s probably didn’t hurt that K-FROG 95.1 FM was a main sponsor of the musical acts. Award wining country music artist Rodney Atkins was also on the bill, and with the 4th of July just around the corner, you knew that his 2009 #1 single “It’s America” would start a sing-a-long, no doubt. Former “Bachelorette” contestant Luke Pell would also take the stage to dispel any doubts of his country roots and also express his love for the holiday emphasizing his prior service in the military. Finally, Jackie Lee, who would be the first musical artist we would be able to catch at the festival, is an up and coming country artist who, we learned through social media, not only rocks some good old country, but also look complete different after shaving.
With the festival running so smoothly in its first go-around, it would seem inevitable that this will become an annual event. The only thing missing were some fireworks. That would be the icing on the cake … and I wouldn’t doubt them having some for next year’s festivities 😉
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BELOW ARE THE MUSICAL ACTS THAT BLURRED CULTURE WAS ABLE TO CATCH AT MUSCLEKINGZ CONCERT. CLICK THROUGH THE LINK TO READ OUR THOUGHTS AND CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS!!!