Category Archives: Concert Recap

Concert Recap: Carrie Underwood

A week or so ago I went to the Carrie Underwood show in Reading, PA. This might have been my sixth or seventh time seeing her and every time she gets better and better. She added new high-tech and moving giant video screens, plus a stage that floated above the crowd so she could get super close to her fans.

Check out my video recap:


Concert Recap: Zac Brown Band

If you’ve been thinking about seeing Zac Brown Band live…stop thinking about it and go already. On the stereo the group sounds great and they sound even better live. This past weekend I caught their show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

Check out my video recap.

Also, here are some pictures…

Concert Review: Lady Antebellum ‘Own The Night’

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks with finals and the start of college basketball season…but I did enjoy myself this past weekend at the Lady Antebellum show.  Friday night I caught Lady A up in Scranton at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Eden’s Edge and Josh Kelley opened the show…and Lady A rocked!

The stage set up for their first headlining tour was creative…a pit for fans to get realllly close and a stage the stretched out into the center of the arena.  There were three large screens, to get close ups of each member (Dave, Charles & Hillary) of the trio.  Stairs led up each side of the stage to the rest of the band which was spread out along the top of the stage.  Lady A entered the stage through a hole in the stage and at a couple times during the show Dave’s piano appeared and disappeared depending on the song.

A lot of songs from the new album Own The Night were in the set list, plus a few old favorites.  “Own The Night” opened the show and “Dancing Away With My Heart,” “Just A Kiss,” “Cold As Stone” and “Friday Night.”  Plus, “Love Don’t Live Here,” “Lookin’ For A Good Time,” “I Run To You,” “Need You Now,” “American Honey” and “Hello World.”  I’m sure I’m missing some others in there, but they sure sang an array of old and new…plus threw in a cover of “Black Water” with Eden’s Edge and Josh Kelley.

I took some video and made a mash up of some of the songs…check it out below!

Keith Urban puts on rockin’ Allentown Fair show

Keith Urban made a scheduled stop at the Allentown Fair Friday on his Summer Lovin’ Tour with Kris Allen.  He had the crowd on his side from the start by playing Billy Joel’s “Allentown” before he even came out on stage.  His first song was “Kiss A Girl” and had the nearly 9,000 fans in attendance singing along. 

There’s no doubt he can sing but his guitar skills are top notch.  The sound was close to a rock concert, but he was only backed by two other guitar players and a drummer.  His loud sound was awesome to bop along to and he was also able to calm it down a little for a more acoustic sound for his ballads.  “Stupid Boy” was my favorite song of the night, by that point Keith’s lovely hair was sweaty and matted to his face. 

It’s pretty obvious how much Keith appreciates his fans.  For “You Look Good In My Shirt,” Keith ran out into the crowd and stood on the grandstand for a few minutes of the performance…check it out below.

After all his jetting around, Keith slowed things up and took an acoustic guitar and a stool and played a few slow songs.  Before singing “Making Memories” he dedicated the song to his beautiful wife Nicole Kidman.  Another favorite was “Only You Can Love Me This Way.”  I got that on video as well…it’s a little blurry but the audio is great.

My favorite summer song, “‘Til Summer Comes Around,” was appropriate for this time of the year.  It captured everything that the last weekend of the summer would plus the longing for love.  The guitar and Keith’s vocals were right on and mixed perfectly with the slight breeze that blew through the grandstand. 

Finally, he invited Kris Allen back on stage for John Mellancamp’s “Jack And Diane” which was a great song to sing along to and it was great to get to see Kris for those of us who missed the opening act.

Keith closed with “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me,” “You’ll Think Of Me” and “Better Life.”  The encore included Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Wanna Be With You” and “Somebody Like You.” 

Check out some of my pictures below:

Martina McBride stops by Musikfest

One of the biggest voices in country music rocked Musikfest last night.  The music-themed 10-day festival held in Bethlehem welcomed Martina McBride to Sands RiverPlace last night for an evening of her most popular country tunes.

Her 19-song, one hour and 20-minute performance included songs old and new, including “Happy Girl,” “Wild Angels,” “This One’s For The Girls,” “My Baby Loves Me,” “Valentine,” “When God-Fearing Women Get the Blues,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes, ”  “Anyway,”  and “Whatever You Say.”  She opened with “Ride” and worked in “You’re Not Leaving Me” and “Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong” from her latest release, 2009’s Shine.   Also, she did a cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Lean On Me” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” which is one of 18 classic country tunes on her 2004 Timeless album.   She got to “Broken Wing” and “Independence Day”  in her encore and included streamers fired into the audience at the end of the patriotic “Independence Day.”  She also added a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.” 

She did manage time to reminisce when she was at Musikfest before and noted how she might eat a few bugs during her show.  The music festival has artists never forgetting the buggy atmosphere surrounding Sand Island.  Even Carrie Underwood noted how many bugs she might swallow when she was a performer a few years ago.  The audience space for concerts at Musikfest is always crowded and can make for an uncomfortable hour or so with the heat, but it didn’t deter fans last night.  Hopefully she will be back again soon.

Here are some more pictures from last night:

Last Rodeo Tour stops in Philly

Brooks & Dunn stopped by the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden this past Saturday.  The show was jam-packed with music and a few heartfelt sentiments from the guys who bid farewell to their business relationship of being members of the highly successful duo of Brooks & Dunn.  The Last Rodeo Tour is the final chance to get a last glimpse of B&D…for a while anyway, I’m sure they’ll be back in some reunion of sorts somewhere down the road.

Opening the show was Gary Allen.  I forgot how many songs of his I know and he definitely sounds just as good live as he does on the radio.  Once B&D hit the stage, they hit all the classics and favorites from over the years.  “Hillbilly Deluxe,” “Neon Moon,” “Believe,” “Cowgirl Don’t Cry,” “Red Dirt Road,” “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” and “Only In America” is just a sampling of the many B&D songs heard.  Below is my video of “My Maria” from the show.

Also, here are some of my photos.