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5 must-see artists at Tucson’s Oro Valley Music Festival for 2017

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‘iHeartMedia,’ Tucson’s My 92.9 and 97.1 The Bull radio stations have announced the full lineup for the third annual Oro Valley Music Festival taking place September 30 and October 1 at The Golf Club at Vistoso. Each year, the sponsors seem to up their game with the entertainment offerings and this year’s lineup is a dandy.

Day one of the festival (Saturday) is devoted to country music. Day two (Sunday) is a variety rock day. Fans can choose to attend both days of the festival or a single day of the festival.

Here are AXS’ recommendations of five ‘no-miss’ acts during the festival:

Train headlines the festivities on Sunday, October1. This Grammy Award winning band has been cranking out billboard hot 100 hit songs since 1998. Pat Monahan has been the lead singer for the hits, “Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia,” and “Hey Soul Sister” over the years, to name a few of their platinum singles. They have sold over ten million albums and headlined arena shows all over the world.

LeAnn Rimes has been the distinctive voice of country music since the age of 13. Her first breakthrough hit record, “Blue,” was certified multi-platinum and led the trend for her Grammy Awards, her American Country Music Awards, her CMC, her Billboard Music Awards and her American Music Award. Her rich and powerful voice is unrivaled in popular and country music. This will be a very special set on Sunday.

Lee Brice has been thrilling country fans with his original country compositions since 2007. He has scored four number one hits on the Billboard country charts. His song, “Love Like Crazy” was the top country song of 2010 and broke a 62-year-old record for the longest run of a song on the Billboard country chart. In addition to writing his own country hit songs, he has co-written hit singles for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and the Eli Young Band. Hear him as he headlines ‘country’ day on September 30.

Brothers Osborne is one of the hottest country duos today. TJ and John Osborne have taken the country charts by storm with hits like “Rum” and “Stay a Little Longer.” The band is built on TJ’s singing and John’s incredible guitar playing. Catch them on Saturday.

Anyone who has participated in a Michael Franti and Spearhead concert knows that Michael performs in a unique and awe inspiring way. The band utilizes reggae, rock, and hip-hop meshed together as Franti moves through the crowd sharing hugs and high-fives with the fans. Franti and the band never disappoint.

Even though only five acts are showcased here, there are many honorable mentions during the festival including Gavin DeGraw, Drake White and the Big Fire, Michael Ray and Echosmith. For more information on everything Oro Valley Festival, click here.

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