Brett Eldredge Sets Festival Attendance Record at Windy City Smokeout

Brett Eldredge performing
Photo by John Russell/CMA

Brett Eldredge is having a memorable summer. In the midst of his travels around the world, the singer returned home to Illinois where he headlined the second night of Windy City Smokeout on Saturday (July 14). Brett’s performance broke a new one-day attendance record for the festival where a crowd of 18,418 watched his set.

“I played the very first Windy City Smokeout five years ago and I knew coming back for my third time would be very special,” Brett says in a statement. “Chicago brought an energy like nothing I’ve ever felt! That moment of looking out at the crowd and the Chicago skyline is something I’ll never forget.”

Brett’s set spanned his catalog of hits including “Beat Of The Music,” “Lose My Mind,” “The Long Way,” and fittingly, “Illinois,” the title track from his second album. He also provided a spirited take on World Series Champion Chicago Cubs’ theme song “Go, Cubs, Go” and “Chelsea Dagger,” the goal song for the Blackhawks, as well as his current single “Love Someone.”

“It’s about the simplicity of love,” he explains. “You know love is actually, when it comes down to it, a very simple thing. What are those things that you look for most in a companion? It’s someone that keeps you warm at night, that’s always there for you. Somebody that laughs at the way you dance – they think it’s funny but they love you for it. They smile when you’re holding their hand. This is one of those first-listen kind of songs that just makes you smile, makes you feel good, makes you want love if you don’t have it and makes you happy to be in love if you are.”

In addition to a record-setting crowd over the weekend, Brett celebrated a very special event in his life: being a dog dad for two years to Edgar. He commemorated the occasion with a sweet photo of the day he adopted his puppy.

Brett will spend the remainder of the year on the road as he’s set to kick off the fall leg of his The Long Way Tour in September.

The Long Way Tour Dates:
September 13 Denver, CO  –  Bellco Theatre
September 14 Council Bluffs, IA  – WestFair Amphitheatre
September 15 – Kansas City, MO – Providence Medical Center Amp (KBEQ Yallapalooza)
September 20 – Puyallup, WA – Washington State Fair
September 21 – Kennewick,WA – Toyota Center
September 22 – Sun Valley, ID  – Sun Valley Pavilion
September 28 – Cleveland, OH  – Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica
September 29 – Bloomsburg, PA – The Bloomsburg Fair
October 4 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center
October 5 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
October 11 – Kingston, RI  – Ryan Center
October 13 – Manchester, NH  – SNHU Arena
October 18 – Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center
October 19 – Boca Raton, FL  – Mizner Park Amphitheatre