This past Saturday, Gone Country 5 took place at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheater in Cloverdale and it was a wild success! Twins, Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski came up with the idea to start Twins Cancer Fundraising after their Mom passed away from cancer fifteen years ago, and what started as an annual backyard party has now blossomed into an incredible rocking all day country music festival and fundraiser. Dave Hartney and his band took side stage on a semi truck flatbed and they opened up the show at 2pm. Next was BCCMA nominee Danielle Marie. Danielle and the band rocked the crowd good as the park started to get busier on an overcast but warm day. When Me & Mae came out to play the crowd had started to loosen up a bit and actually brave the dance floor. Next up was 5 time BCCMA female vocalist of the year Karen Lee Batten. Karen and the band provided us with some amazing soulful southern jams! Local boy Jojo Mason got the crowd pumping with his awesome music and his charming personality, it started to get dark when Jojo was playing and everybody was definitely getting into party mode, the dance floor actually started to hop! Last up and the headliner of the show was Tim Hicks. Tim is a favourite at Gone Country and he didn’t disappoint! The beach balls came out and Tim and the band launched a bunch into the crowd, kicking some like soccer balls and using their guitars as baseball bats for others. Gone Country 5 was a wild success again this year and raised over five hundred thousand dollars towards the fight against cancer! Come and check it out next year!
Me and Mae:
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