FarmBorough, New York City's first-ever major country music festival, brought tens of thousands of fans to Randall's Island for three days and nights of nonstop hits. Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley headlined with high-energy sets, while over on the Next From Nashville Stage, newer acts proved future marquee leaders. Contributing photographer Chona Kasinger shuffled from stage to stage to get live shots of artists including Kip Moore, Sturgill Simpson and Maddie and Tae, and also went backstage between sets to coax acts including Bentley, Joe Nichols and Lindsay Ell to strike a pose. Flip through our best onstage and backstage photos from the inaugural (and likely first of many) FarmBorough Festival.
As he does on his own tour, Paisley brought fans up to enjoy the beer and liquor from his onstage bar.
In addition to playing sing-along hits including "Beer Money," Kip Moore previewed tunes from his upcoming album, Wild Ones.
Randall's Island, which is surrounded by the East River and Harlem River, was the site for the inaugural FarmBorough festival. This shot was taken a few hours before fans started piling in on Saturday.
The Sunday night headliner came out on top of a truck for his encore, closing a successful first FarmBorough.
Singers Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye talked to Rolling Stone Country backstage about their whirlwind success that began with their daring, delicious first hit, "Girl in a Country Song."
Joined by his wife, Morgane, Chris Stapleton performed "You Are My Sunshine" for the rain-soaked FarmBorough crowd, preceded by songs from his critically-acclaimed Traveller album.
Along with songs from her Grammy-nominated 12 Stories album, Brandy Clark did a medley of tunes she's written for other artists, including Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart" and the Band Perry's "Better Dig Two."
Simpson's unique, throwback country set was well received by the New York audience.
The Virginia native played tunes from his recently-released EP. Along with fellow FarmBorough acts Maddie and Tae and Kip Moore, Smith is on tour with Dierks Bentley this summer.
The vocal powerhouse donned her best vintage cowgirl duds, bringing a taste of her native Texas to New York.
Just as he does on his own tour most nights, Bentley invited a fan on stage to chug a beer.
The "God Made Girls" singer exuded confidence during her FarmBorough set.
If anyone brought country flavor to the big city, it was Nichols, who mixed his throwback songs with a cover of Sir Mix a Lot's "Baby Got Back," turning the rap classic into a hilarious hoedown.
The Arkansas native played a country-to-the-core set in the rain on Saturday.
Cole's set included original tunes mixed in with a Destiny's Child cover. FarmBorough was somewhat of a dress rehearsal for her upcoming opening gig on Miranda Lambert's fall tour.
In addition to two stages of music, FarmBorough had carnival rides and plenty of vendors, with the longest lines at the barbeque joints.
The country newcomer played songs from his upcoming debut album.
The petite guitar virtuoso was the first to take FarmBorough's main stage on Sunday.
"Kicked off the best summer ever," Jon Pardi tweeted from FarmBorough.
The "Hell of a Night" singer warmed up the crowd with a high-energy set before tourmate Luke Bryan took the stage.
Paisley closed out a rainy but packed Saturday night at FarmBorough.
Houser made his New York debut of new single, "We Went" during one of the last sets of the inaugural FarmBorough festival.
The producer-singer-songwriter was one of several newer acts to take the 'Next From Nashville' stage on Saturday.
Fans braved the rain almost all afternoon and evening on Saturday, to see acts including Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Worsham and Brandy Clark.
The duo's Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis played tunes from their debut album, Nothing But the Silence, at FarmBorough.
The Voice winner talked to Rolling Stone Country backstage about songs she's working on for her second solo album.
The "Riser" singer was FarmBorough's Friday night headliner.
In addition to crowd-pleaser "Girl in a Country Song," Maddie and Tae also covered artists ranging from Rihanna to Dolly Parton at FarmBorough.
One thing the rain actually helped was this huge inflatable slide at FarmBorough.
The country newcomer played songs from her new EP, including the empowering "Better Than You Left Me."
The Tennessee native treated fans to his upcoming debut album, then stuck around to watch headliner Luke Bryan from side stage.
Mize threw a Tom Petty cover into the middle of a set that included several uptempo rousers such as "Can't Get Away From a Good Time."
Fans pose outside of FarmBorough's Next From Nashville stage.
Lynch talked to Rolling Stone Country backstage about touring with Luke Bryan and writing for a future album.