We’ve all heard the expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

We’ve all heard the expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

As the fifth edition of the Back Road Music Festival approaches, that expression applies perfectly to the country music gathering at the Galva Park District.

“There’s a lot less stress in year five,” said Nik Grafelman, Back Road co-organizer along with Tyler Glaser. “The format is pretty much the same as in the past. At this point, it’s pretty much a well-oiled machine.”

That well-oiled machine returns Saturday, Aug. 11, with Josh Turner headlining the event. The Main Stage entertainment begins at 4 p.m. with Ashley McBryde followed by High Valley, Chase Bryant and Turner.

In regards to ticket sales for the 2018 festival, Grafelman said, “That space is filling up pretty well.” Grafelman said ticket sales usually spike in the final weeks heading up to the festival, and he noted walk-up business on festival day is always brisk.

“We’re down to some marketing details and pushing to get tickets sold,” Grafelman said. “And then we just pray to the weatherman.”

The Back Road folks locked down this year’s lineup in record time, with Turner announced as the featured performer late last year.

Turner, amulti-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. 

With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12.5 records, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry.

From his platinum-selling debut “Long Black Train” to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, “Deep South,” Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go With Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love” — the latter being the most-played country song of 2012.

“He’s got a lot of songs that everybody knows and he’s really good live,” Glaser said when Turner was revealed as the headliner in December. “He likes to engage with the crowd.”

And that Back Road crowd continues to grow with each passing year. 

“It’s a nice thing to see the community come together. It’s kind of turned into a reunion for a lot of us,” Grafelman said.

 

Side Stage performers

There’s not much musical down time at the festival, thanks in large part to the Side Stage.

While the Main Stage changes between acts, the Side Stage keeps the music coming. This year’s performers are Tasji Bachman, Chugs & Austin Music and Craig Gerdes.

 

Ticket information

Tickets can be purchased locally at the Galva Pharmacy and Hog Country Studios in Kewanee.

Tickets are $40 for general admission and $55 for the Hog Trough.

To purchase tickets online, go to the festival’s website — www.         thebackroadmusicfestival.com.