A Fest Request for More Legendary Moments

I can’t even begin to count the number of country music festivals I’ve been to in my life. And yet I couldn’t name one single moment that stood out to me as unforgettable.

Sure, there was that one summer when she sang that one amazing cover song. Or that time that he had too much to drink and said the F-word a lot. And then that little wardrobe malfunction you had to be in the front row to see. Or the time he got sick and couldn’t perform at all and sent his wife out to apologize. Hardly the stuff of music history books.

But Wednesday’s (April 23) USA Today has a cover story titled “10 Performances That Rocked Festival History.” And I have to admit, I’m jealous that we don’t have a list like this.

There’s the time Nine Inch Nails mud wrestled before their performance at the 1994 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair. And the time in 1985 at Live Aid when Bono’s U2 pulled a girl out from the crowd crush and saved her life. Things like that.

But since country is literally on the verge of festival season — Stagecoach kicks off this weekend (April 25-27) in Indio, Calif. — I thought maybe we could all be on the lookout for country-specific resonant moments.

Maybe when they’re out west for Stagecoach, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will make some history.

Or the CMA Music Festival in Nashville (June 5-8) might possibly create some kind of legendary memories.

Or somewhere this summer, perhaps Dierks Bentley could come riding in on a motorcycle or Jake Owen on a surfboard or Tim McGraw on an airplane.

Other opportunities for the notorious oh-my-God-remember-when-that-happened nights include:

Winstock Country Music Festival (June 13-14, Winsted, Minn.): Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Justin Moore, Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann

Country Jam (June 19-22, Grand Junction, Colo): Jake Owen, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Lady Antebellum

Country USA (June 24-28, Oshkosh, Wis.): Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Gary Allan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood

Country Fest (June 26-29, Cadott, Wis.): Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line

Country Stampede (June 26-29, Manhattan, Kan.): Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Chris Young

Country Jam (July 17-19, Eau Claire, Wis.): Luke Bryan, Jennifer Nettles, Jake Owen and Dierks Bentley

Cheyenne Frontier Days (July 18-27, Cheyenne, Wyo.): Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Brad Paisley and Kid Rock

Country Thunder (July 24-27, Twin Lakes, Wis.): Jason Aldean, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert and Miranda Lambert

Watershed Music Festival (Aug. 1-3, George, Wash.): Tim McGraw, Joe Diffie, Jake Owen, Justin Moore and Kip Moore

Faster Horses (July 18-29, Brooklyn, Mich.): Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker

Oregon Jamboree (Aug. 1-3, Sweet Home, Ore.): Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope and Joe Diffie

WE Fest (Aug. 7-9, Detroit Lakes, Minn.): Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean

Willamette Country Music Festival (Aug. 15-16, Brownsville, Ore.): Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Gary Allan, Sara Evans and Montgomery Gentry

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.