By Claire Salinas
This year marks the fifth anniversary of Bayou Country Superfest and the lineup is something residents from across Louisiana are celebrating about.
The schedule features big name artists like George Strait, Luke Bryan, Florida-Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Hunter Hayes, and will serve as one of Strait’s stops on his farewell tour.
The fest will be held on May 23, 24 and 25 and will be three day full of music and fandom for country music fans throughout the state.
Shelby Singleton, a resident of New Orleans, is a major fan of the fest and bought tickets on blind faith before the lineup was even announced. When the official line-up was finally released, she was not disappointed.
“This will be my third time attending, and my friend and I decided to buy tickets before the line up was even announced because we are huge fans of country music and knew that the lineup was going to be good because it’s their fifth anniversary,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing George Strait the most because he is the king of country music and I’ve never seen him before.”
Singleton knows the in’s and out’s of the festival and plans to meet up with some of her favorite local celebrities at the fest.
“Being from New Orleans and traveling an hour to Baton Rouge, my best friend and I made it a tradition to make a weekend of it and treat it like a vacation so it’s like a getaway for us,” said Singleton. “I also look forward to being able to seeing Big D and Bubba from country radio. I know it’s random but they are some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and I always track them down for a picture.”
Tickets for the event start at $35 and go all the way up to $250, and parking ranges from $20 to $40 per day. One couple was pushed over the edge to buy tickets for the fest when they found out the “King of Country” would be part of the lineup.
“I’ve always liked country music and have wanted to go to Bayou Country Superfest, but money never seemed right, until they announced that George Strait would be playing,” said Loranger resident Lynn Serigny. “That is ultimately the reason my hubby and I are going.”
Strait holds a special place in Serigny’s heart with one of his songs being part of her wedding memories.
“It was really when I got engaged in April of 2007 that I became a big fan of George Strait. Colt [my husband] picked his song ‘I Cross My Heart’ to be our wedding song,” said Serigny. “It will be our second time seeing him live. We saw him last year, too. I’m really hoping that he plays ‘I Cross My Heart,’ since he didn’t play it at the last performance.”
Glynda Troyo-Sauviac, another New Orleans resident, was surprised by her husband at Christmas with tickets for the fest.
“Country music is a huge part of my family and our soul. I’ve never been but my husband
has. We are most looking forward to seeing George Strait and Reba because they are legends,” said Troyo-Sauviac. “We are really looking forward to sharing our love for country music with the mass of fans like us.”
The King of Country isn’t the only one with superfans coming to the fest though. Slidell resident Karen Bourgeois is a huge fan of Chris Young and is looking forward to seeing him live for the fourth time at the fest.
“My boyfriend bought me tickets for Christmas because he knew how badly I wanted to see George Strait. My first time going was last year and it was awesome,” said Bourgeois. “While I’m looking forward to seeing George Strait, Chris Young is one of my favorite artists and this show will make my fourth time seeing him live.
Fans will be able to purchase stage-front, standing-room tickets for The Golden Horseshoe for Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. Tickets for The Golden Circle, a seated area directly in front of the stage within the first ten rows, can be purchased for Friday, May 23.
Bayou Country Superfest will kick off on Friday with a Fan Fest & Tailgate Party directly outside Tiger Stadium, which will include country music on the Bud Light Stage, food and a chance to mingle other country fans.