Dirt Road to Mansfield

What makes for a great summer night? Put Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan on the same stage. The ComcastCenter in MansfieldMA did just that to kick off the month of June. Some of the biggest songs in country music filled the night air. The crowd was given a powerhouse of a show by headliner Luke Bryan with support from Florida Georgia Line and opener Cole Swindell.

Cole Swindell took the opening slot, filling in for Thompson Square who was sidelined due to vocal chord injuries. Swindell, Luke Bryan’s former merchandise guy hit it hard to get the crowd fired up. Cole has been hard at work on and off the stage writing songs for Luke and also Scotty McCreery. This is one guy to keep your eyes and ears on in the coming years!

One of the hottest acts in country music took the middle slot of the show, Florida Georgia Line. Tyler and Brian, the two front men for FGL are on fire right now. I had the pleasure of photographing these guys back in May of 2012 on the Country Throwdown tour when not many people even knew who they were. I can tell you now that I think everyone knows Florida Georgia Line. Playing their singles such as “Get Your Shine On” and “Cruise”, made the crowd blow up. You would have thought these guy were the headliners! Get out and check Florida Georgia Line this summer!

To close out, Luke Bryan wowed the sold out crowd. This is one guy that is right at home on the big stage sharing his music with thousands each and every night. I have been photographing Luke for about two years now and I can tell you that he and his band have come a long way. Bryan’s current production, “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” has a bit of everything. From massive video screens flashing graphics, to the band gathering at the front of the stage for an acoustic set part way through the show.

Luke gave the audience everything he had playing all his hits such as “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” and “Someone Else Calling you Baby”. His list of hits just keep growing and growing including his newest single “Crash My Party”.¬†Bryan’s chemistry with his band is one of the best I have seen. Each member brings 110% to the stage each night and combine that with Bryan’s energy, you get one of the best show money can buy!

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The Band Perry Live at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook

June got off to a great start at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook when The Band Perry brought their live show to the stage. This year has been a big year for Perry’s with their new album “Pioneer” that was released in the spring and a slot on the Rascal Flatts tours this summer. “Pioneer” is a bit more hard edged then their self titled debut album “The Band Perry”. Siblings, Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry bring that hard edge to their live shows. This is the third year in a row that I was able to catch and photograph this band and I can say that they have grown into their roles on stage. Seeing them for the first time in 2011 opening for Tim McGraw and in 2012 opening for Brad Paisley, they have had great experience and exposure to build their craft to where they are now.

Opening the show was season 3 winner of the Voice, Cassadee Pope. There is good reason why Cassadee was the winner on the Voice……….What a voice she has. As a new act to the stage, Pope seemed to have a pretty big fan base already. I think this is one talent to be on the look for.

The Band Perry played most of the tracks of that new album “Pioneer” such as “Better Dig Two” and “Done” which have been huge singles for them. The Perry’s and the entire band put everything they have into their live shows. This is one band that can keep you on your feet for the entire show as they did this night at Meadowbrook. They also included their hits from their first album such as “You Lie” and If I Die Young” which the crowd sang and over powered the band at times.

Do yourself a favor and catch The Band Perry live this summer. You can catch them on tour with Rascal Flatts this summer.

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Gary Allan Heats up The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

It may have been on the cold side at the beach, but it was nothing but hot inside the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom for country star Gary Allan. This is one performer that does not disappoint. While a country singer, Allan’s shows are more of a full on rock production. Backed by a ¬†7 piece band, the sound was more of an arena sound in a venue that holds less than 3000 people. The backbone of the band is powerhouse Mitch White on drums laying down the solid foundation of songs such as “Pieces” and what has been a huge hit this past year for Gary “Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)”.

Gary Allan packs something for everyone into his shows including a cover of the Del Shannon hit “Runaway” which I’m sure the older generation can appreciate. Judging by the reaction of the crowd, what seemed to be the biggest hit of the night and possibly the biggest hit of Allan’s career “Watching Airplanes” brought the Casino Ballroom to its feet. Be sure to check out Gary Allan on the road this summer. You can find tour dates at http://www.garyallan.com

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Blackberry Smoke Comes To Boston

Blackberry Smoke left their mark on the Paradise Rock Club in Boston when they brought their live show along with opener Drake White to the club on February 6th. On the heels of their latest release, “The Whippoorwill,” Blackberry Smoke is by far one of the best live band that I have seen. From heavy guitar riffs to laying down a cool groove, Blackberry Smoke knows how to take command of the stage.

Opener, Drake White was a crowd pleaser with his energetic live show. White’s sound, compared to Zac Brown was a perfect pairing to Blackberry Smoke.

Blackberry Smoke’s sound boarders somewhere between southern rock and country. If you listen to their albums, their music is very much guitar based and this does not fall short in their live show. With the guitar work of front man Charlie Starr and guitarist Paul Jackson, Blackberry Smoke’s live sound is just as big, if not bigger then their albums.

The packed house was treated to a great collection of Blackberry Smoke’s catalog of songs such as “Six Ways To Sunday”, “Pretty Little Lie” and “Good One Comin’ On” which had the crowd dancing and shouting the lyrics back to the band. The band even treated the audience to a cover a Aerosmith’s “Lord of The Thighs.”

With their new video for the single “Pretty Little Lie” in the play list on CMT and being added to regular rotation on the radio, Blackberry Smoke with continue their massive growth. This is a band not to be missed. Be sure to catch Blackberry Smoke on the road this summer with Trace Adkins and Aaron Lewis.

 

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House of Blues 20th Birthday Party

How do throw a 20th birthday party in Boston? Invite Flogging Molly to the party. The House of Blues in Boston celebrated their 20th anniversary on Friday Feb 1st as they welcomed Flogging Molly along with Skinny Lister and show opener Dave Hause. Haling from London, Skinny Lister got the crowd of beer drinking party goers dancing and clapping along to their sea shanty styling of tunes. Skinny Lister, with their strong vocal abilities and amazing musicianship seemed to be a perfect fit to share the stage with Flogging Molly.

 

Flogging Molly is a true testament to seeing a band live in concert. They give you 100% from the first to the last note and are one of the most energetic band you will see hit the stage. With songs such as “Drunken Lullabies” and “TobaccoIsland”, the audience was singing over the volume of the band as they played. Seeing the interaction on stage of the band members and their interaction with the crowd, you can tell that the band mates truly love what they do.

 

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History Made At The State Theater

History was made at the State Theater in Portland Maine as the Eli Young band along with JT Hodges played the first country show to grace the stage. With a packed house, JT Hodges was well received as he warmed up the crowd. Playing his songs such as “Goodbyes Made you mine”, “Sleepy Little Town” and his first single, “Hunt You Down” the audience was singing much of the lyrics right back at Hodges. This is a powerful new act. Be sure to catch JT Hodges on the road.

Headliners, The Eli Young Band kept the crowd pumped up from the first to the last note of their set. Eli Young has been hitting the road hard, touring with Rascal Flatts during the summer of 2012, to launching their own tour along with JT Hodges for the fall of 2012. They are not about to stop either. You can catch Eli Young this summer on the road with Kenny Chesney. A show not to be missed.

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