What: A four-day music festival featuring Jason
Aldean, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and other country acts
When: Thursday through April 10
Where: 20585 E. Price (Station) Road,
Cost: $160 for a four-day lawn seating pass.
Single-day lawn seating passes are $35 (Thursday) and $80 (Friday
through Sunday). Children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult
ticket. Limited reserved tickets, which guarantee a seat in front
of the stage, are $275-$375 for all four festival days. Single-day
paid parking is available at the festival gate.
Pack an ice chest with cold drinks and dust off your dinner
plate-sized belt buckles, Stetson hats and cowboy boots.
Country Thunder, the biggest country music festival around these
parts, kicks off Thursday in the desert outside Florence, where
thousands will camp in tents and RVs to be part of the four-day
Headliners include Toby Keith, Martina McBride and Jason
New this year is a shuttle service that will provide round-trip
transportation for non-campers from Mesa and Tempe to the festival
for $10. Find shuttle locations and a schedule at
The Frat House — a party pavilion that hosts spaghetti
wrestling, karaoke, a game show and live bouts between roller derby
teams — is also new. That’s in addition to the rock climbing wall,
rides, mechanical bull and food and merchandise vendors on hand to
entertain between sets on the concert stage.
Don’t bother airing out your tent or phoning in your
port-o-potty reservation (Yes, you can rent your own port-o-potty
at Country Thunder, but putting a lock on its door is up to you);
campsites are sold out.
Four-day and single-day general admission tickets are still
available, as are a limited number of reserved-seating tickets
directly in front of the stage.