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Singer-songwriter to make WE Fest debut

Katie Armiger will make her debut at WE Fest on Wednesday. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Though she already has four albums and five hit singles under her belt, this Wednesday will mark the official WE Fest debut of singer-songwriter Katie Armiger.

“We’ve toured quite a bit in the Minnesota-Wisconsin area this past year,” Armiger said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “But to finally be able to make it out there to WE Fest will be really fun.”

She will be performing not just once, but twice at the Soo Pass — first as part of the WE Fest Kickoff Party on Wednesday, July 31, along with local favorites Silverado and fellow up-and-comer Walker Hayes, and then again on Thursday, Aug. 1, as part of a Main Stage lineup that includes Walker Hayes, Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich (with Cowboy Troy) and headliner Eric Church.

“It feels great,” said Armiger, referring to the opportunity to play on the same stage as some of country music’s biggest stars.

She said her set would include a mix of new and familiar tunes for her fans.

“We’ll definitely do some of the new music,” she said, referring to her latest album, “Fall Into Me,” which was released in January. “But we’ll also do some songs from previous albums. WE Fest is all about fun, so it will probably be a more upbeat, rockin’ set.”

The native of Sugarland, Texas, has been writing songs since her early teens, and on her latest album, “I co-wrote all the songs,” Armiger said. “I’ve listened to country music my entire life, and there wasn’t any other genre of music I wanted to sing. It was always my passion.”

Armiger will perform on the Barn Stage at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and again on the Main Stage at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Here is a complete run-down of all the performers who will be taking the stage at the Soo Pass:

Tuesday, July 30

The 31st Anniversary Pre-Party begins at 8 p.m., with performances on the Barn Stage by Boomtown at 9 p.m., Silverado at 10:30 p.m., and the Jason Paulson Band at 12 a.m.

Wednesday, July 31

The 2013 WE Fest Kickoff Party begins at 4 p.m., with performances on the Barn Stage including Silverado at 7 p.m., Katie Armiger at 9 p.m., and Walker Hayes at 11 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Katie Armiger and Walker Hayes return to kick off the Main Stage action at 2:45 and 4:15 p.m., respectively. They will be followed by Rodney Atkins at 6:15 p.m., Big & Rich at 8:30 p.m., and headliner Eric Church at 10:45 p.m. Over on the Barn Stage, Canadians Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans will perform at 12:15 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 2

First up on the Main Stage is the Jason Paulson Band at 2:45 p.m., followed by Dustin Lynch at 4:15 (he also performs on the Barn stage at 12:15 a.m.), Little Big Town at 6:15, Gary Allan at 8:30 and headliner Keith Urban at 10:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Hitchville takes the Main Stage at 2:45 p.m. to kick off the final day’s music lineup. They will be followed by Kellie Pickler at 4:15 p.m., veteran Kenny Rogers at 6:15 p.m., and Darius Rucker at 8:30 p.m. Carrie Underwood closes out the festival at 10:45 p.m.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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