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Hometown Country Jam first big music festival to return to Region
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Hometown Country Jam first big music festival to return to Region

Hometown Country Jam restricting capacity to 25%, releasing only 3,000 tickets

Lee Brice will headline the Hometown Country Jam Music Festival in Hobart this year.

HOBART — As the pandemic eases, the Hometown Country Jam at the historic Brickie Bowl will be the first big music festival to return to the Region this year.

The daylong festival takes place Saturday after a yearlong hiatus because of the pandemic.

Country music star Lee Brice, a South Carolina native who played football at Clemson University and who has since scored seven No. 1 Billboard Country hits, will headline festival. The singer-songwriter's many hits include "Love Like Crazy," "Parking Lot Party," "Crazy Girl," "I Drive Your Truck," "Drinking Class," "She Ain't Right," "Upper Middle Class White Trash" and "That Don't Sound Like You," with "Love Like Crazy" breaking a 62-year-old record for the longest run on the Billboard country chart. He's also collaborated with other country musicians, including Carly Pierce on the duet, "I Hope You're Happy Now."

Brice has won multiple Academy of Music and Country Music Association Awards. 

Dylan Schneider, Julia Cole, Lewis Brice and Northwest Indiana union steelworker and Nashville recording artist Jonny James also will perform at Hometown Country Jam.

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"Along with performances by country music’s hottest stars, the all-ages event will feature some of Northwest Indiana’s most popular food trucks/vendors and a wide variety of beer selections," organizer Tyrus Joseforsky of Flight Levelz Entertainment said.

VIP tickets are sold out for the festival which is limited to 3,000 concert-goers to restrict capacity to 25% to allow for social distancing.

General admission tickets can be purchased at

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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