TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – For a while now we’ve been plugging ahead for Hi-99’s Complete Outdoor Off The Tracks Music Jam and the big day has finally arrived!
Sunday, large crowds, made up of folks from near and far, came to Terre Haute for the event. The concert featured a line-up of country music’s rising stars including Steve Moakler, Canaan Smith, Clare Dunn, Kane Brown and Cole Swindell.
“Whenever we look at what our listeners want they tell us we want live music and we want to see the big stars, and that’s what we’re trying to do for our listeners,” said Eric Michaels, Hi-99.
Thousands of attendees and a great deal of vendors filled this year’s location at the Terre Haute Regional Airport. It’s a change from last year as it was previously held at the Hulman Center.
“We were looking for an outdoor music festival kind of vibe and I think we’re establishing it and doing it today,” Michaels said, “We have done shows here in the past when we’ve had airfares, things like that, but that’s been years ago, so this is the first in many years we’ve had a show out here at the airport.”
The change in location is different for many attendees, but most agree they’re giving it a thumbs up.
“I’ve never had a concert at the airport,” said Taylor Bullock, Terre Haute, “I’ve been to Klipsch, kind of those areas, but yeah this is awesome.”
“I’ve been to some smaller shows, but nothing quite like this big, many people and quite this big of acts,” said Derek Huebner, Terre Haute, “So yeah, I’m pretty excited.”
“I’m hoping Terre Haute keeps having concerts like this for a local thing, hopefully a good thing,” said Taran Huebner, Terre Haute.
“Actually this is my first concert ever, I’ll be back,” said Zack Searcy, West Lebanon, Indiana.
Michaels says they’ve had the support of many in making the music jam possible including those at Terre Haute Regional Airport, Terre Haute Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Indiana National Guard and others. He says hopefully this is the start of a good thing for many years to come.
“We’re crossing our fingers that this becomes an annual event here in Terre Haute,” said Michaels, “We would love nothing more than for that to happen and we can keep bringing bigger and bigger names through Terre Haute each and every year.”
The concert was more than just for fun and a good time, but also a good cause. Part of the parking proceeds from the event will go toward Catholic Charities of Terre Haute.