Windy City Smokeout, the nation’s premier outdoor country music and BBQ festival, will return to Chicago on July 8-11, 2021, outside the iconic United Center. Hosted by popular barbecue joint, Bub City, and ACM award-winning, Joe’s Bar, Windy City Smokeout will feature live performances from country music’s biggest names and up-and-coming talent plus the best BBQ and craft beer from around the country. If you’re a country music lover like myself, this event is a must-go. There will be some iconic country artists as well as some new talent that you won’t want to miss. Enjoy some classic modern country music and good food. With that, here are five artists we can’t wait to see at Windy City Smokeout this weekend. 

Cody Canada and The Departed  

The Departed is an American rock band formed in 2011 by Cody Canada, the former lead vocalist and guitarist for Cross Canadian Ragweed after that band broke up in 2010. The band currently consists of Canada, Jeremy Plato, and Eric Hansen.


Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson is an American country music artist. Signed to BBR Music Group, she has released two singles, including “Things a Man Oughta Know”. A must-see.


Morgan Evans 

Absolutely love his music. A definite must-see. And if he performs this song, you’re lucky. Morgan John Evans is an Australian country music singer and songwriter. He released a self-titled debut studio album in March 2014, which peaked at number 20 on the ARIA Albums Chart. In 2019, he won the ARIA Award for Best Country Album for his second studio album, Things That We Drink To.


Brett Eldredge (duh)

I don’t think I need to even give you background info on Brett Eldridge. We all know who he is, and it’s just a no-brainer. 


Ross Ellis 

Ross was born and raised in the small town of Monterey, Louisiana. At fifteen years old, he started the band, “Wayside” with his cousin and some high school friends. The band gained a strong following throughout Ross’s high school and college years, playing venues across Louisiana and Mississippi.



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