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Saturday, October 14th, 2017
11:30 AM
Simply showing up to an outdoor country-music festival does not usually amount to an act of bravery, nor should it, but it does in the wake of last week’s Route 91 Harvest massacre in Las Vegas. Whatever the gunman’s ultimate motivations may have been, the fact remains that the one thing the victims all had in common was identifying as country-music fans. That’s a lot to unpack for an event that is supposed to be a celebration, and uplifting an audience likely to still be a little shell-shocked is a pretty tall order for the entertainers. Fortunately, with one of the strongest lineups in its 15-year history — topped by Aaron Lewis, Blackberry Smoke, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Lubbock’s Josh Abbott Band, whose guitarist Caleb Keeter made national headlines by renouncing his Second Amendment support and calling for gun control after the shooting— the ZiegenBock festival seems perfectly positioned to help fans start feeling normal again, chiefly by showing them a darn good time.