This past weekend many country fans gathered in Calgary for Alberta Country Thunder despite some gloomy weather. It was a special event when it came to Airdrie talent as two local bands got to play in front of the large crowd. 

Kyle McKearney got to rock the main stage and kick off Country Thunder on Friday at 2:30 p.m. It was his first time performing at Country Thunder for McKearney, due to the weather he was worried he might not get to play.

"It was interesting because when we showed up, it was raining and it was very windy. They kept pushing the set and pushing the set, we didn't know if we were actually going to get to play or not." 

Right before they were about to hit the stage, according to McKearney, the weather cleared up and he was ready to kick off the weekend.

"To be honest, I was apprehensive about how they [the crowd] would respond to my music. I wasn't sure if it was going to be up their alley because I'm more alternative country, but they really loved it. It was very fun and a nice surprise." 

When asked about what it was like getting to share the stage with big country names like Kip Moore, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Jon Pardi, McKearney described it as humbling.

"It's a very good opportunity to watch these bigger artists and see how they're doing their show and learn things."

McKearney does hope he and his band get the opportunity to go back in the future and play again at Country Thunder.

Airdrie band Flaysher also got to play on the main stage (and the secondary stage) at the music festival on Saturday. Airdronian Brandon Lorenzo played at the kick-off party Thursday at a local bar in Calgary.

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