Over the course of three days, the festival featured over 90 acts performing on seven stages. After experiencing a concert layout like this, I actually prefer it over Riverbend. There was not a bad seat in the house. No matter where you stood, you always had a great view of the stage and performers. I also loved the fact that you could avoid crazy long delays in the parking lot after the festival by leaving your car in Newport and walking across the bridge.
I also enjoyed the variety in vendors. The food was far better than regular venues. With upscale options like Taste of Belgium, you were able to enjoy more than nachos and popcorn.
Despite the continuous rain, I had a great time on Friday evening. Everyone rocked their ponchos and umbrellas. It seemed the rain was constant, but that didn't stop fans from hanging out all night.
We lucked out and the rain slowed to a drizzle just in time for Alabama, a country legend. Alabama did not disappoint. I loved singing along and reminiscing with some of my all-time favorite songs like "Dixieland Delight" and "Mountain Music."
I wasn't able to stay for Willie Nelson on Saturday evening, but I heard Miranda Lambert even made a surprise appearance. Talk about extra bang for your buck!
Sunday's weather was much better. We strolled the park and caught several acts.
They saved the best for last. The Band Perry killed it! They were full of energy and had such character. Their theatrics were incredible. The technical details combined with their big personalities made the stage come to life with each and every song.