The country superstar entered the stage at 10 PM to “Different ‘Round Here,” beneath the glow of a neon Duckman light that also featured a massive flying duck.
Green’s impressive headlining set was full of fan-favorite hits such as “In Love By Now,” “There Was This Girl,” “Georgia Time,” and more. He also offered a cover of Hank Williams Jr’s “Family Tradition,” which he performed alongside Jelly Roll, Corey Smith & Dillon Carmichael, and later in the set Green invited a young fan onstage to sing with him.
A highlight of his set was when the crowd broke out into a massive sing-along to “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” as Green sat on a stool, playing an acoustic guitar, at the end of the catwalk.
Jelly Roll put his soulful voice on full display while singing songs that bring real, raw emotion to the forefront. He powered through an hour-long set that grasp and held the attention of the tens of thousand of fans in attendance with his captivating stage presence and unique vocal abilities.
Performing fan-favorite tunes such as “Same Asshole,” “Creature,” “Bottle And Mary Jane,” “Save Me,” “Sober” and “Son Of A Sinner,” which is his current Top 30 and climbing hit at Country radio. The Nashville native even surprised fans during his set with a duet alongside rising star Lily Rose, where the pair covered The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.”
Corey Smith, Chris Cagle, DJ Vs. Drumz, Lily Rose, Dillon Carmichael, Roman Alexander and DJ Cliffy D also performed during day one of the highly-anticipated festival.
The festivities kicked off on Wednesday (June 15) pre-party concert at the Station Saloon Tent with performances from Chase Matthew, Ashley Cooke, and DJ Cliffy D.
Promoted by USA Concerts, the three-day music and camping festival, which took place from Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18 in Bloomington, Illinois, drew concertgoers from across the United States.
Tens of thousands of fans took over Interstate Center at the McLean County Fairgrounds for a weekend of non-stop country music at Tailgate N Tallboys Festival, powered by Altorfer.
While some festivals can seem a bit overwhelming with several stages and coinciding performances, which make it difficult to see every artist that you want to see. Tailgate N Tallboys sets themselves a part from their competition with just two stages (a main stage and a side stage), making it for fans to be able to enjoy every artist’s set.
The event, which has been named Central Illinois’ top country music festival for the past five years, was hosted by Chelcie Lynn a.k.a. Trailer Trash Tammy, who is best known as a stand-up comedian and for hilarious antics on social media.
Fans were also treated to several unique opportunities, including mechanical bull riding, custom printed t-shirts, meets and greets, Instagram-worthy photo areas, and much more for a fun-filled weekend.
See more photos from day one of Tailgate N’ Tallboys below.