Last Sunday, August 27th, Seattle country radio station 100.7 FM The WOLF had their end of summer country music event Hometown Throwdown at the Enumclaw Expo Center in Enumclaw, WA. The all day family-friendly event had a lineup full of up-and-coming country music artists. Some who are local to the Seattle area and others who are much larger national country acts.
This year’s lineup consisted of Justin Moore, Canaan Smith, Dylan Scott, Aaron Watson, Lanco, Carly Pearce, Drew Baldridge, Brooke Eden, Walker McGuire, The Olson Bros Band and Dylan Jakobsen.
For many people around the country, they don’t think of Seattle as being an area that listens to a lot of country music, but the reality is we actually have a very big fan base for country music in our area. So it is always great when fans have the chance to have an event as large as this one that showcases so many country artists in one place. Add to that a really great outdoor location being the Enumclaw Expo Center that sits in the foothills of our beautiful natural wonder, Mount Rainier and it is the perfect set up for a great day.
The show kicked off at 12:30 PM under a full sunny sky and temperatures that were going reach into the mid 90s for the day. First up for the show were the locals starting with the Olson Bros Band followed by Dylan Jakobsen then the show went onto the national acts.
The first of the national acts were combined. The group consisted of Walker McGuire, Brooke Eden, Drew Baldridge and Carly Pearce. Each artist had their own spotlight performance song then after all artists performed their own song they joined together and did group performances.
As each performance progressed throughout the day fans could be seen walking around the exposition center grounds enjoying many of the sponsored activities for the day. They were many food vendors, games to be played at partner booths, there was a selfie stage set to the rear of the crowd where fans could go above the crowd and take photos of themselves in front of the stage and artists performing, there was also a cooling water station with a misting spray to help folks stay cool throughout the day.
Hometown Throwdown wouldn’t have been a success without the great partnerships and sponsors that help to make the event happen. The partners and sponsors for Hometown Throwdown 2017 were Coors Light, Renewal by Anderson, Mutual of Enumclaw, Heritage Distilling Company Inc., Milagro, Sailor Jerry, Snapple, Polar Seltzer, Coordinated Care, King County Metro and the Washington Air National Guard.
Hometown Throwdown even had a VIP section where fans who chose to purchase VIP tickets were able to participate in meet and greets with the bands, had their own special seating area plus meals provided. The VIPs were not the only people that had opportunities for meet and greets with the bands. 100.7 FM The WOLF had their own booth in the general admission area that was sandwiched perfectly in between the merchandise booth and the USO booth we’re fans could meet their favorite artists throughout the day.
Just before the Lanco performance started a young couple took to the stage to introduce the band. The unaware crowd and to the female of the couple had no idea this was actually a set up for an engagement to take place. The young man dropped down on bended knee, pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked the love of his life to marry him in which she excitedly responded yes. The crowd erupted it in a very loud cheer for the happy couple. They went on to introduce the band and then Lanco took the stage. Lanco put on a very fun and energetic show for the crowd. The guys have a really great sound and are very musically talented. This is definitely a band that you need to check out if you’re looking for something new in country music.
Following Lanco was Aaron Watson who came out and brought a mix of traditional with contemporary country sound for his fans. Aaron‘s look was definitely traditional country from the cowboy hat down to the cowboy boots. The fans were loud and rowdy for his set. You could see the fans singing along to each of his songs and many snapping photos with their phones.
Following Aaron Watson was Dylan Scott. Dylan Scott was clearly a favorite of the fans as the girls went wild cheering as he took to the stage and the guys were screaming equally as loud. He has a more contemporary country sound that tends to grasp many of the younger listeners today but it sounds great and it also connects with the older country music fans. His sound is a little rock ‘n’ roll mix with the country and his bandmates were a bit rock ‘n’ roll as well. That is never a bad thing because country and rock go hand-in-hand.
The next before for the night was Canaan Smith. Canaan is also another artist who leans into the country pop genre but still has some of the underlying traditional country sound in his music. Along with Dylan Scott, Canaan Smith also tends to grab the attention of many of the younger country music fans today but still has a sound that older country music fans can appreciate. Canaan put on a very fun and live show that was really enjoyable.
Last up for the evening at Hometown Throwdown was the headliner, country artist Justin Moore. Justin is a country music artist who also has some of that contemporary country pop sound in his music but has underlying traditional country in his music as well. He easily manages to connect with fans of all ages and who enjoy all styles of country music. What was really cool watching him on stage and how his backdrop was for his show it actually reminded me of George Strait in the Pure Country movie. Justin Moore has a very traditional country look and to watch him on stage just brings in the essence of a really great country show and shows what a great performer he is. I would highly recommend anyone check him out when he’s on tour. Since Hometown Throwdown it has been announced that Justin Moore and Dylan Scott will be going on tour together later this fall so make a point to get out and catch that tour if is coming to a city near you.
Hometown Throwdown was a really great event that showcased some really great up-and-coming artists. If you already know these artists keep supporting them, supporting the music and what they do. If there are artists that are listed from the lineup that you’re not familiar with, make a point to check them out, check out the music that they’re making and help support up-and-coming country artists. Thanks to Seattle’s 100.7 FM The WOLF for putting on such a great event. Thank you to the partners and sponsors that helped make this event happen. Thank you to the fans that bought tickets and showed up to support all of these artists. Without everyone supporting shows like this they don’t happen. So keep an eye out for the announcement for next year’s Hometown Throwdown and make sure to get it on your calendar to see some great live country music.
We took many great show photos while we were at this year’s Hometown Throwdown. We also have some fan photos in the crowd shots so take a look and see if you spot yourself and feel free to tag yourself if you do. We hope you enjoyed this years show as much as we did.