In just a few weeks, thousands of country music fans will converge on Chester County’s Brandywine Valley for Citadel Country Spirit USA, a colossal country music festival from Aug. 23-25 at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds in Glenmoore.
The inaugural three-day event earned rave reviews and resounding accolades in 2018. Event producers, founding sponsors, new sponsors, and community leaders have set out to make the 2019 festival even better.
Citadel Country Spirit USA features 20 performers on two stages. The GMC Sierra Stage lineup includes headliner Billy Currington on Friday, Little Big Town on Saturday, and Old Dominion on Sunday, plus big names such as Lee Brice, Lauren Alaina, Brothers Osborne, Eli Young Band, and more.
Showcasing country music powerhouse performers, Old Dominion is the reigning Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Music Association (CMA) Vocal Group of the Year. Little Big Town was the ACM Vocal Group of the Year from 2015 to 2017 and CMA Vocal Group of the Year from 2012 to 2017.
Selection of up-and-coming bands in the tri-state area for the Citadel Rising Star Stage is new this year. Video submission finalists will perform at Citadel Rising Star LIVE on Aug. 7 and 8 in a battle-of-the-bands-style competition at Valley Forge Casino. A panel of judges will select three winners based upon entertainment value, performance, audience appeal, and marketability. Winners will be announced Aug. 9.
Compliments of the Air Force Reserve, the Dover Air Force Base will open each day’s main stage performance with a patriotic Honor Guard.
Citadel’s credit-card holders are invited to the new Citadel Mastercard Lounge for an exclusive, VIP experience that includes a complimentary drink and appetizers, private restrooms, free swag, activities, and giveaways. Click here for information and to make a reservation.
While music is Citadel Country Spirit USA’s main attraction, attendees will be treated to a great American festival experience, a community-oriented country music celebration with like-minded country music enthusiasts from across the nation.
From quintessential Philly favorites to nachos, tacos, and quesadillas, the festival’s food lineup has good eats for all. The Sierra Nevada Beer Camp is expected to be a popular watering hole again this year, as is Barefoot Wine’s landmark beach party set and second-story viewing area.
Crown Royal is new to the mix this year. In the spirit of gratitude, Crown Royal invites festival attendees to participate in The Purple Bag Project, writing notes and stuffing care packages being sent to active service men and women all over the world.
While in the “purple area,” saddle up, get a grip, and take a spin on the Crown Royal Mechanical Bull with proceeds benefitting the Chester County Hero Fund, providing financial assistance to the families of first responders who suffer injury or death in the line of duty.
In honor of heroes who come to the rescue in an emergency, Belfor Property Restoration is giving back to 300 first-responder guests who’ll be treated to special hospitality and the overall festival experience.
Again, this year, a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. A total of $100,000 was raised for the nonprofit in 2018 – $50,000 from tickets sold and a $50,000 match from Citadel.
Click here to purchase tickets for Citadel Country Spirit USA.