Brett Eldredge is having a memorable summer. In the midst of his travels around the world, the singer returned home to Illinois where he headlined the second night of Windy City Smokeout on Saturday (July 14). Brett’s performance broke a new one-day attendance record for the festival where a crowd of 18,418 watched his set.
“I played the very first Windy City Smokeout five years ago and I knew coming back for my third time would be very special,” Brett says in a statement. “Chicago brought an energy like nothing I’ve ever felt! That moment of looking out at the crowd and the Chicago skyline is something I’ll never forget.”
Brett’s set spanned his catalog of hits including “Beat Of The Music,” “Lose My Mind,” “The Long Way,” and fittingly, “Illinois,” the title track from his second album. He also provided a spirited take on World Series Champion Chicago Cubs’ theme song “Go, Cubs, Go” and “Chelsea Dagger,” the goal song for the Blackhawks, as well as his current single “Love Someone.”
“It’s about the simplicity of love,” he explains. “You know love is actually, when it comes down to it, a very simple thing. What are those things that you look for most in a companion? It’s someone that keeps you warm at night, that’s always there for you. Somebody that laughs at the way you dance – they think it’s funny but they love you for it. They smile when you’re holding their hand. This is one of those first-listen kind of songs that just makes you smile, makes you feel good, makes you want love if you don’t have it and makes you happy to be in love if you are.”
In addition to a record-setting crowd over the weekend, Brett celebrated a very special event in his life: being a dog dad for two years to Edgar. He commemorated the occasion with a sweet photo of the day he adopted his puppy.
2 years ago today, this lil fella @edgarboogie came into my life…He was covered in fleas so I gave him a bath..he was scared to death…I was scared to death…he cried all night for several nights next to my bed…we quickly bonded in such an amazing way and he became my partner in crime…Though I swore I’d never say it, I guess it’s true, I’m a dog dad, and I’m so happy I get to have this guy along for this crazy ride
Brett will spend the remainder of the year on the road as he’s set to kick off the fall leg of his The Long Way Tour in September.