Chris Janson to headline Downtown Country Jam

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Chris Janson will be the headliner of the 2019 Downtown Country Jam.

Chris Janson, the most recent inductee into the Grand Ole Oprey and a nationally-known country singer, will be the headliner of the 2019 Downtown Country Jam.

He will be taking the stage on Sept. 21, 2019.

Ted Bodensteiner, Shellabration Inc. vice president, said Janson is a great performer on stage.

“He’s made for live music,” Bodensteiner said. “The live music, stage presence, is unbelievable.”

Bodensteiner, who has worked four Janson concerts in the past, called the singer “dynamic” and “unpredictable.”

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Casey Muessigmann, a Spencer native who competed on season three of “The Voice,” will also perform.

“He uses every bit of the stage and interacts with the crowd like very few artists do,” Bodensteiner said. “He’s a performer and he transcends genres in the sense that he brings the rock and roll, but he also does the piano, the slow down music, sentimental type.”

Bodensteiner added that Janson was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Oprey, and is currently the youngest member of it.

Melissa Hansen, Shellabration Inc. board member, saw Janson perform at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake on Jan. 13, 2018.

She said he has great stage presence.

“He plays to the crowd, interacts with the crowd, but he’s also somebody that has a heart,” Hansen said. “His music is about his family. It’s about true to life events; things that have happened to him, things that have happened to others.”

Janson hit the country music charts in 2015 with his self-released hit, “Buy Me a Boat.” It was later picked up and released as a single in May 2015, eventually peaking at No. 5 in August of that same year.

His second album, “Power of Positive Drinkin,'” was released in September 2017 and includes the hit songs “Fix a Drink” and “Drunk Girl.”

Hansen praised “Drunk Girl,” which is a song about a man who takes care of a woman who has become intoxicated and protects her from harm.

“It makes you stop and think and really pay attention to the lyrics,” Hansen said. “His music just has a real true to life experience to it. He’s just an amazing artist.”

While Janson will be the headliner of Downtown Country Jam, he won’t be the only artist performing.

Also taking the stage will be Casey Muessigmann, a Spencer native who competed on season three of “The Voice” as a part of Blake Shelton’s team.

Shellabration Inc. President Jim Reed praised Muessigmann.

“Casey Muessigmann can best be described as a passionate song writer and performer with a big smile, a big heart and a big voice,” Reed said.

Bodensteiner added that members of the Shellabration board have seen Muessigmann multiple times.

“He’s dynamic in his own way,” he said. “Deeper voice, he’s singing to his crowds.”

One of the performances Bodensteiner saw was in Badger.

“He had captivated the audience,” he said. “They were singing and dancing.”

Organizers of Downtown Country Jam are hoping for a crowd of 4,000 at the concert next September. The past two concerts — featuring headliners LOCASH in 2017 and Granger Smith in 2018 — exceeded 3,000 in attendance.

Downtown Country Jam is one of two major concerts Shellabration Inc. puts on every year. The other is Shellabration.

Reed said this is the earliest a Downtown Country Jam artist has been announced. In 2017, LOCASH was announced three months before the show, while in 2018, Granger Smith was announced four months before the show.

Janson’s performance is being announced nine months before the concert.

“We’re making the announcement of our fall show first,” Reed said. “But we are busy working to try and confirm and get a headliner dialed in for Shellabration.”

He anticipated the announcement of the show’s headliner sometime in February.

Tickets for Downtown Country Jam go on sale midnight on Friday, June 21. They will cost $25 and increase to $30 starting Sept. 9.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate for $35.

Tickets will be available online at ticketweb.com or by calling (866) 468-3401. They can also be purchased at Hy-Vee in Fort Dodge, with other local retailers being announced at a later time.

Kids 12 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by an adult.

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