2017 iHeartCountry Festival Hits Austin, Texas

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and More Play Fourth Annual Event

The 2017 iHeartCountry Festival on Saturday (May 6) played out like a big family reunion at Austin’s Frank Irwin Center.

Eight of the acts that played — including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker — have been on the bill before since the event’s 2014 launch. The night also included performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots, Kip Moore and Old Dominion.

According to Austin 360, each act played a 20-minute set, so there was little room for error (or spontaneity) throughout the five-hour show. Highlights included Lady Antebellum singing the title track of their upcoming album Heart Break, Ballerini singing Elle King’s parts on Bentley’s “Different for Girls,” and the Idiots’ performance of “Buy Me a Boat” with surprise guest Chris Janson.

Leading up to the show, crowds packed the Daytime Village for outdoor performances by Janson, Moore, Tucker Beathard, Kane Brown, Lindsay Ell, Kip Moore and Jon Pardi.

Celebrities spotted at the event included Sun Records actor Chad Michael Murray, dancer Whitney Carson, actress Olivia Culpo and Scott Eastwood.

Check out some of the photo highlights from Saturday:

Jason Aldean

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Singer Jason Aldean performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Kelsea Ballerini

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Kelsea Ballerini performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) ichael Tran/FilmMagic

Dierks Bentley

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Singer Dierks Bentley performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Dierks Bentley and Kelsea Ballerini

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Dierks Bentley and Kelsea Ballerini perform at the 2017 iHeartCountry Music Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage) Tibrina Hobson/WireImage

Brantley Gilbert

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Brantley Gilbert performs during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images) C Flanigan/Getty Images

Lady Antebellum

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Singers Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)

Little Big Town

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Philip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)


Kip Moore

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Kip Moore performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Old Dominion

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Musicians Matthew Ramsey (L) and Brad Tursi of Old Dominion perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images) C Flanigan/Getty Images

Jake Owen

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Jake Owen performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Rascal Flatts

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Singer Gary LeVox (R), Joe Don Rooney (L) and Jay DeMarcus (C) of Rascal Flatts perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia  ) Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Darius Rucker

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Darius Rucker performs onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Chris Janson and Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  Chris Janson (L) and Bobby Bones perform onstage during the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival held at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)