Words: Meghan Moore
On October 3 and 4, Merriweather Post Pavilion welcomed thousands of country music lovers for the WPOC Weekend in the Country. The annual two-day festival was headlined by Sam Hunt and Brantley Gilbert, with artists like Chris Janson, Cam, Thompson Square, and Canaan Smith performing either one or both days.
This two-day country festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the genre’s hottest artists as well as relaxing enjoying the company of other country fans. However, rain and cold temperatures on Saturday left a somewhat unanimous overcast impression on the day.
“People seemed very upset about the rain, so the crowd had generally low excitement,” commented senior Allie Durkee, who attended the concert on Saturday.
Though not all Saturday goers saw it in a negative light. “Even though it was cold and rainy, everyone seemed to be very excited to be there,” stated senior Emily Davis, “dancing in the rain is always fun.”
Sunday attendees saw the atmosphere as more energetic. “There were people of all ages and it was a good place to have fun and listen to good music,” observed sophomore Ally Parisi.
“Most people were really enjoying themselves and were very energetic throughout the whole day,” added sophomore Carolina Requejo.
Pertinent players in the concert experience are the performers themselves, and this year they outshone the overcast weather.
“Sam Hunt had the best performance, everyone knew the majority and his songs and sang along,” said Davis “he also sang covers of songs that weren’t his which was exciting to hear other great country songs.”
“After the concert I was ready to go home after a long day of relaxing with friends and enjoying country music,” concluded Parisi.
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