This month’s inaugural AmericaFest 2021, a multi-day conference presented by Turning Point USA, has a predictable lineup of controversial speakers and politicians poised to spark Tory outrage: Tucker Carlson, Candace Owens and Marjorie Taylor Greene are among the usual suspects. But the event, scheduled for Dec. 18-21 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, also includes two evenings of country concerts with stars of varying degrees Brantley Gilbert, Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Lee Greenwood all set to perform.
Kyle Rittenhouse is also On the bill. The 18-year-old, who shot dead two people during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wis., In 2020 before being acquitted of all charges last month, is listed at the top of the homepage of the ‘event. In fact, he’s in the same row as Donald Trump Jr. Although Rittenhouse’s name doesn’t appear on AmFest’s daily schedule, it seems likely that he will appear during a late-night panel on Monday. afternoon titled “Kenosha on Camera” – It teases “VERY special guest.”
A few hours later, Lynch, Dickerson, Greenwood and Deejay Silver take the stage.
Other “notable” speakers at AmericaFest included Matt Gaetz, Sebastian Gorka, and Congressman Opposing the Jacket Jim Jordan. Christian preacher Sean Feucht, who led a series of anti-containment concerts in 2020, will lead a church service on Sunday.
The appearances of Gilbert, Lynch and company are the latest example of country music artists – usually silent on politics – signaling their political leanings. In November, Jason Aldean’s wife launched a conservative clothing line with messages like “Military Lives Matter” and “This Is Our Fucking Country”. Aldean and singer Chuck Wicks have appeared in social media posts modeling the line.