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Festival welcomes McBryde, Top

| August 5, 2023 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Ashley McBryde with Zach Top take the Festival at Sandpoint stage today. Tickets are still available.

A Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award winner, Ashley McBryde cut her teeth playing country songs in rural biker bars — and it shows. The Grand Ole Opry member’s 2018 major label debut "Girl Going Nowhere" (Warner Music Nashville) charmed the country, all en route to landing a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. McBryde closed out 2019 with ACM New Female Artist, CMT Breakout Artist, a New Artist of the Year win at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, and two nominations for the 2020 Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” Her follow-up, "Never Will," was tagged by Rolling Stone as one of the most anticipated of the year alongside NPR, who also ranked her Top 10 RIAA Platinum-Certified single “One Night Standards” as one of the best songs of 2019.

The album earned McBryde a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Country Album, making "Never Will" the only album nominated for Country Album of the Year by the ACMs, CMAs, and the Recording Academy in the same award season.

When contemporary influences expand country music’s parameters, you’ll hear, “country music ain’t like it used to be” as a common refrain. But 25-year-old Zach Top is reviving the spirit of ‘90s traditionalists like George Strait, Keith Whitley, and Randy Travis, with classic vibes that evoke the dancehalls of Texas, the roar of the rodeo, and the jukebox ballads with a cold beer in hand. There’s nothing more current than old-school country to Zach, who grew up on a ranch in Sunnyside, Wash.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are general admission and are $54.95 before taxes and fees. The concert is a standard show, meaning the area in front of the stage is standing room only.

Early entry and sponsor gates open at 5:45 p.m. with general admission and season pass gates open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.

The early entry and season pass lines are located on the lakeside of the War Memorial Field. The sponsor line is located on Ontario Street, with the general admission line beginning in Lakeview Park.

Free parking is available at the Sandpoint High School parking lot at 410 S. Division. There is a free SPOT bus shuttle service to and from the parking lot and the venue that runs continuously from 4 to 11 p.m.

Information: festivalatsandpoint.com

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