WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Continuing our coverage of the Big E Centennial Celebration, The Big E and country music have always gone hand and hand. As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, you’ll find some of the biggest acts in country music have performed here at the Big E.
The Big E is known for bringing in some great entertainment, going back to the ’50s. Anything from Pop to Country Music.Country fans are sometimes easy to spot, cow-boy hat and cow-boy boots. They have been fans for a long time.
Just ask Anne-Marie Jendza, from Southwick, who told 22News she has been a fan for a long time, “Probably about 10-20 years ago, my kids hate it but I love it.”
Laura Filep, from New Hampshire, told 22News some of her favorite country artists, “Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, I like all of them.”
Celinez Rosario, went on to tell 22News some of her favorite country artists, “Tim McGraw by far and of course Florida Georgia Line.”
The Big E has brought country music to New England for years. Big artists from Roy Rogers, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson.
J.J. Juliano, Director of Special Events, told 22News, “The country music fans, they buy tickets when we put them on sell they buy them right away, country fans don’t care if its raining, if its hot, windy whatever. There out to support the Big E and to support their act.”
Some country artists started small when performing at The Big E, like Blake Shelton, who is now a major country star and is one of the coaches on The Voice.
J.J Juliano went on to tell 22News the first time he met Blake Shelton, “He performed here about 15 years ago when he was just starting out his career with his long hair, it was a long time ago and he was very shy, back than I could remember meeting him in the bleachers and he was sitting all by himself and he introduced himself and he was one of the shyest guys I ever met.”
Maren Morris who played Sunday night is just a small town singer now, but things could change in the future after playing at The Big E.
J.J. Juliano, told 22News what he thought about Maren Morris, “I think we might have identified the next new female star of country music.”
Looking back over the years, that would not be surprising after seeing the fame that came out from performing at the Big E.
The tradition continues for country music and its fans at The Big E, continuing to make memories for all of New England.
Friday, Sept. 30
7:30pm • $29/$39