The show was opened by Joe Nichols and his band, and though I couldn't understand what he was singing about, it was fun to jam out to. He put on a pretty good show, and I thought that overall, he was fairly entertaining. With a song entitled “Tequila Makes Her Pants Fall Off,” you know this guy had to be at least a little enjoyable.
Nichols played for a good amount of time, maybe thirty or forty minutes. Then, we had to wait for them to change the stage around for the main performance. It was about this time, where everyone seems to move to open seats in the center of the grandstand, so we promptly followed that trend. Hey, why not? Still, we had to wait a good amount of time before the lights dimmed again, and we were ready for Lady A to come out.
The show opened with the single “Compass,” and I was so, so excited to see them come out and perform. Though the album Golden was technically featured, the band played hits from all the released albums. My favorite performances were probably “Just A Kiss” and “Love Don’t Live Here.” Plus, I really liked how they played the "Bartender" music video behind them while they sang. That was hilarious.
I have to say that Charles Kelley’s energy was just amazing. He definitely stole the show with his personality, but Hillary Scott gave him a run for his money. They both played off of each other really well, and I enjoyed actually watching and not just listening. From jumping off stage to signing boots here and there, the pair really kept the energy up.
Charles gave us a surprise by trying out “Freestyle,” a new song off the group’s upcoming album 747. It comes out on September 30th, so expect to read about it around that time. Anyway, the song was upbeat and fun. Kelley told us to “pretend we've heard it before,” but it felt like I already had. It was an effortless party song.
I also liked the couple of covers that the group threw in to its set. First, Hillary sang a Fleetwood Mac song, and the encore consisted of “Wake Me Up” and “Cups” in addition to the group’s own hit. The show wasn't predictable at all, which is always good. It keep you on your toes.
The encore was super cool because it started out with videos of covers of “Need You Now” on the huge screen behind the stage. There were normal people like you and me, but then there were also people like Shakira giving the song a try. Finally, the lights were brought up, and Hillary started at the beginning of the extremely famous tune.
After the song was finished, Charles asked our permission for one more song, and of course, we said yes. That’s when they played “Wake Me Up,” which somehow effortless blended into “Cups.” And, let me tell you, I missed them when they were gone.
Concerts are always a super fun time, no matter who you go see. Do you have a favorite artist to see in concert? Happy kommenting :)