Drake White and the Big Fire are a unique band consisiting of
Adam Schwind on
Philip Pence on
Jabe Beyer on
Jon Aanestad on
and of course singer/songwriter Drake White, who's voice is so full of power, dynamics, range, control, pitch and emotion. Together Drake White & the Big Fire are a powerful and provacative musical force that must be seen as well as heard! It was a privilege to witness this man and his band.
The setlist for the night was fun and full of surprises. At one point he asked if there were any dancers in the audience and then proceeded to show off his dance moves, which by the way were incredibly smooth. He spoke of Pueblo being the Home of Heroes and how proud he was to be performing here.
The Charlie Daniels Band
Went Down To Georgia...
The legendary Charlie Daniels displayed a perfect mixture of his trademark fiddling, guitar playing and singing at the Pueblo Memorial Hall in Pueblo, Colorado. Within minutes the famed Charlie Daniels Band brought the fire that lit up the Steel City that would stay lit throughout the entire show. They played with awe-inspiring energy and precision. They seemed as excited to be performing as the crowd was to be watching them. The band, which Daniels said was the best he's ever had, included his very animated keyboardist Shannon Wickline, whose skills were astonishing; lead guitarist Bruce Brown; guitarist Chris Wormer (who played a double-neck guitar most of the time); an insane drummer Pat McDonald and bassist Charlie Hayward. They all got chances to solo – especially a killer drum solo by Pat McDonald when all the members of the band were highlighted in "Black Ice.".
Hunter Hayes had the audience in his pocket, from the moment he opened the show, wailing away on his guitar to a fiery “I Want Crazy”. Immediately, everybody was on their feet. It was an instant love affair between Hunter Hayes and his fans. You could feel the excitement from the crowd. He thanked everyone coming out to see him and informed us his first sold out show was right here in Colorado. .
If fist-pumping rock anthems and uplifting messages are your thing then Skillet is your GO-TO concert. This Christian rock band is on the road in support of their latest album "Unleashed". The band currently consists of husband John (lead vocals, bass) and wife Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). From their opening song “Feel Invincible”, the band was extremely energized with an abundance of hair-whipping, headbanging and intense screaming - It was that formula that fueled the party.
ZZ Top was at the top of their game during a jam-packed event center at the Colorado State Fair. Since 1970 the band consisted of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), and drummer Frank Beard. This show had it all... Great vocals, great music and all around great entertainment! After 45+ years of packing stadiums, arenas and amphitheatres all over the world, ZZ Top are showing no signs of slowing down. This was evident to every fan in attendence. The trio’s performances came together beautifully with Gibbons pumping up the crowd.
A stable stage presence with a vocally unique sound made for one incredible show as country star Gary Allan hit the stage at the Colorado Event Center. His show had it all... searing vocals, amazing guitar riffs and massive roars from the crowd. Cruisng to all sides of the stage so he could sing to everyone in the audience endeared him to the crowd.
Tossing out guitar picks into the crowd helped to shake things up. The fans loved it!
Former Bad Company lead vocalist Brian Howe took the stage after the PRCA Rockin' Rodeo at the Colorado State Fair and although it wasn't a sold out show, Howe delivered on all fronts. Musically, he treated fans to their favorite Bad Company songs with his killer rock vocals. Honestly the man has lost nothing vocally over the years and still sounds incredible!
After watching the edge-of-your-seat bull riding rodeo at the Colorado State Fair, the arena crowd was ready to take the night to the next step...Joe Diffie! A seasoned performer and artist, Diffie did not dissapoint.
Wearing a Brooks & Dunn T-shirt, jeans and his signature cowboy hat, country rocker Jason Aldean dominated the stage at Cheyenne Frontier Days.This man has a true country heart and grit about him, yet when he adds a little rock & roll to his show it makes him incredibly talented and one helluva showman on stage. Keeping the fans on their feet during his 22-song set with his country twang, strong edgy attitude, and crowd pleasing music, Aldean's energy never faded.
Jason Derulo swaggered onstage at Cheyenne Frontier Days and brought boundless energy and some very sexy backup dancers with him. Oozing talent and confidence the show was very creative & captivating. Jason's stage energy was entertaining & his musicality was awesome, not to mention his fantastic, sexy dance moves. Yes Sir, it all came together perfectly: stage presence, lights, sound, entertainment, crowd interaction, dance moves... everything! The man’s got charisma and energy to burn.
Flo Rida, born Tramar Dillard, first started performing rap as a teenager, he has since sold 80 million digital singles with his 2008 hit, “Low,” making No. 1 for 10 weeks. As the opener for Jason Derulo at Cheyenne Frontier Day he rarely remained stationery throughout the evening. He dominated the stage, and really brought the party!.
Thomas Rhett is headlining his first concert tour right now, 2107 HOME TEAM TOUR. Performing for the first time at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), Rhett was well recieved by the massive audience. He gave the fans what they wanted by playing all of his top hits. He had the crowd singing and dancing along to every song right from the get-go. From beginning to end Rhett gave 110% and the fans were lovin' every minute of it!
Country music duo composed of singers/songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney (AKA Dan +Shay) showed off their talents as they opened up for Thomas Rhett's Home Town Tour. What impressed me from the get go was that they have an instant appeal. You can't help but like them. They’re an energetic duo that aim to please and judging by the loud cheers, smiling faces and massive singalongs they did just that. The duo released two albums - Where It All began released in 2013 and Obsessed the second studio album released June 3, 2016. Both albums produced several crowd favorite songs reaching the top of the country charts.
The perfect ending to a Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo is a Luke Bryan concert and just like the rodeo, he has what it takes to bring down the house.
Fantastic sound, fantastic vocals, and fantastic energy. As he prowls the length of the stage back and forth one can feel the exhilaration of the crowd enjoying every minute of his undeniable swagger and boyish handsomness. Flipping his baseball cap, dancing, and pointing his finger at the fans in the pit had them entranced with his smooth, flirtatious style. It's easy to see why he's such a crowd pleaser.
The Loverboy concert at Denver's Hudson Gardens was a wonderful throwback to a day gone by. The weather was perfect and the band was as always...spot on. They rocked the house right out of the get-go with their distinct musical sound and timeless classics that everybody is familiar with. Loverboy has a lot of fans even after all these years.
With Mike Reno still singing his heart out, Paul Dean still rockin' on his guitar, Doug Johnson on his keyboards and saxaphone, Matt Frenette still banging his drums and Ken "Spider" Sinneave still strumming his bass guitar it's not hard to understand why!
I've seen them many times over the years and they never disappoint
Eric Church promised a party when he took over the Mile-High city as part of his "Holdin' My Own Tour", and that's exactly what 18,000 pumped-up fans got at Denver's Pepsi Center.
The night was an onslaught of music, energy, and talent. With a surprise musical cameo by Glen Hughes and Chuck Leavell, a night of familiar crowd-pleasing routines and over 3 hours of time-tested hits, Church gave the fans a show for the record book!
The show opened up with Mistress Named Music, Thats Damn Rock and Roll and The Outsiders, hits ready-made to get the packed house rocking. The adrenaline he has and passes on to the fans is undeniable.
Huey Lewis & The News started out with a bang, belting out an oldie, but oh what a goodie..."Heart of Rock and Roll" All it took was that opening number to show us they are still at the
top of their game. Time may be marching right along, but Huey Lewis and The News delivered a strong performance with so many memorable, stick-in-your-head hits from the past it BECAME the 1980's all over again!
Huey was very interactive with the fans telling stories, promising to sing all the songs we wanted to hear and informing us this show was hie first time in Pueblo, Colorado. The crowd went crazy, on their feet cheering.
The concert was everything fans expected it to be. The setlist consisted of a series of songs that still stand up today,
They not only delivered the catchy anthems they're known for but we were treated to a few acapella songs, some amazing solo perormances and well as the first new song in years, "While We're Young" all delivered beautifully.
As evident by so many hands in the air, the massive singalongs and huge grins on eveyones face I can safely say Lee Brice rocked the Colorado State Fair! He was very impressive to say the least. He had an energetic set that demonstrated his vocal chops and his passion for what he does. He knew how to interact with fans and made sure everyone was lovin' every minute of it!
He delivered a rousing performance of “Hard To Love” and he floored the audience with his heartfelt rendition of his hit song "I Drive Your Truck." His setlist also included "Friends," "We Won't Forget," "She Ain't Right," "Beer," "That Don't Sound Like You," "Rumor," "A Woman Like You," "More Than a Memory," "Drinking Class," "Good Man," "Life Off My Years," "I Drive Your Truck" and more, all making for a great setlist and a knock-out performance!
With roots dating to the late 70s, Foreigner is known for songs that are now staples of classic rock radio, among them “Urgent” and “Cold
As Ice.” When the band get on a stage, they fill the room and all is rock and roll. Those radio favorites “Jukebox Hero,” “Waiting For A girl Like You’, “Dirty White Boy,” and many more typically pack huge choruses, spotlighting lead singer Kelly Hansen and the backing voices of his band mates, all on top of their game. Their catalog is so big, and so overly packed with such great songs, not to mention giant hits that the audience gets a chance to rock out and reminisce to some of the most recognizable songs of the past few decades
What you need to know... They hit the stage running with "Dirty White Boy" then rolled straight into "Head Games" and then "Cold As Ice" with frontman Kelly Hansen jumping into the crowd for a few selfies. Next up they slowed it down with a crowd favorite "Waiting For A Girl Like You" which had eveyone swaying on their feet. Kelly reminensced a bit about his days of living in Colorado and forgot how brutal the alitutude can be...
The perfect ending to a rodeo is a Chris Janson concert. He came out of the chute with such energy and spunk you couldn't help but fall in loive with him. Sporting a brand new cowboy hat made for him right here in Colorado he kicked off the party with "Back in my Drinking Days” a song that was just the beginning of showcasing his mad harmonica skills. He warned us that we were about to see a skinny white dude play the harmonica like we've never seen before and damn was he right. Chris playing harmonica is so worth the ticket. He is that good! His tall, lanky frame is always moving. As he prowled the length of the stage back and forth you could feel the exhilaration of the crowd enjoying every minute of his undeniable swagger and his unbridled emotion.
His setlist had finger-snapping melodies which
kept the vibe going all night. We were treated to "Back In My Drinkin' Days", "Redneck Revival", "Save a Little Sugar","White Trash", his latest release, "Holdin' Her" "Messin' With Jesus" "Truck Yeah" and of course the crowd favorite and Janson's break out song "But Me A Boat"...
Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man...
It didn't matter how young or how old, how Republican, how Democratic or how Liberal the audience was, everyone and I mean EVERYONE cheered as Travis Tritt took the stage at the Colorado State Fair. He came out of the gate with "Drive" followed by "High Time for Getting Down" and then "Be Somebody" and continued to belt out song after song in what seemed like it was just for our pleasure. I loved how Travis made the whole place come alive. Everyone was smiling, dancing and singing along and just having a great time.
Featured Artist - Billy Currington
Must Be Doin' Something Right!
Billy Currington is definitely doin' something right as evidenced by his 2016 Summer Forever Tour. It was a cool summer evening and Ned Ledoux, son of the late music icon Chris Ledoux, just wrapped up a great set. Fans were warmed up waiting for Billy to hit the stage when suddenly the US NAVY flew overhead and let loose six paratroopers who jumped out of the plane with flames and sparkles lighting up the dark sky. The crowd screamed and cheered and we watched in awe as these six men danced in the air and landed behind the stage. The crowd chanted USA, USA; Im sure it could be heard for miles. Now I've been to alot of shows throughout the years and I've NEVER seen an opening act like this before. Without a doubt this is one for the history books! Well done Billy! What a way to start a show!
Billy came out swinging. The crowd instantly joined in and started singing along. His country swagger and beautiful voice endeared him to everyone in the audience.
His setlist was full of fan favorites and included
Don't It,That's How Country Boys Roll, Love Done Gone, I Got A Feelin', Wake Me Up, Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer, Nowhere Town,Let Me Down Easy,It Don't Hurt Like It Used To,Do I Make You Wanna,Give It To Me Straight, People Are Crazy, Hey Girl and more...
Ned LeDoux...He's opened for acts like Toby Keith, Chris Janson, Randy Houser and most recently
took to the stage at Cheyenne Frontier Days opening for Billy Currington. For those that don't know, Ned LeDoux is the gifted son of the late, great, music icon and rodeo star Chris LeDoux. After his dad passed away in 2005 from cancer, Ned continued to tour with his father’s band (Western Underground) to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive and I have to say he's doing a helluva job!!! He was amazing. His voice, his smile and his stories endeared him to the audience.
We were treated to a special tribute to his dad, complete with video, as Ned sang songs made famous by Chris LeDoux. “This Cowboy’s Hat,” and "You Can’t Tell Me We Ain’t Got It All,” were my favorites.
Fall Out Boy took the stage at Cheyenne Frontier Days and dove right into "Irresistible", setting a fast and furious pace for the evening.
Patrick Stump’s vocals sound so good live. He has an extremely dynamic range with the incredible abilty for belting out long, perfect notes, as he amply demonstrated in song after song. Although he is the lead singer of the group, Pete Wentz the bassis/lyricist is the frontman talking in between songs and getting the fans all riled up for what was next. Andrew Hurley keeps the beat with the drums while Joe Trohman, guitarist with his unstoppable groove completes the quartet.
The setlist included Irresistible, Sugar, We're Goin Down,The Phoenix,Hum Hallelujah, Alone Together, The Take Over, The Breaks Over, The Kids Aren't Alright, This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race, Novocaine, Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy, Beat It, Uma Thurman and more all of which had the fans on their feet the entire night!
Sam Hunt kicked off Cheyenne Frontier Nights with one helluva party. The" Make You Miss Me" singer/songwriter brought his own fiesty brand of music to 16,000 very excited, very loud fans. His unique style produces a high-octane show making this tour a sure-fire hit! He just makes you feel good.
What you need to know... Sam's concert includes a variety of music.Besides songs off his own album - Montevallo, he did some amazing covers.The setlist included: Leave the Night On, Ex to See, Raised on It, Saturday Night, I Met a Girl, Single for the Summer, (My favorite Sam Hunt song) Take Your Time, We Are Tonight, Cop Car, House Party, Make You Miss Me and Break Up in a Small Town. His montage of newer country songs including My Church, Somehwere On A Beach, T-Shirt, Snapback, You Should Be Here, Used To Love You Sober, Huntin' Fishin' Lovin' Everyday, and ending with Mama Tried by Merle Haggard! All-in-all he's got fantastic sound, vocals, and energy.
The Badlands Pawn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was host to one of 1980's greatest bands, Canadian superstars...Loverboy! For almost 2 hours Loverboy rocked the house. No gimmicks, no fuss, just a really high energy, fun loving, kick-ass show filled with hits and great music! Loverboy are classic rockers and know how to put on a show.
Kicking off the party with "Notorious" they kept the hits coming and kept the fans happy. "Hot Girls In Love", "Turn Me Loose", and "Working For The Weekend" were badass performances and definitely crowd favorites...
BornToBeWildTour - Steppenwolf Revisited
Get Your Motor Runnin'... Oh What A Show!
What can you say about a band that takes you on a magic carpet ride and makes you believe you really were born to be wild! With 30 million records sold, 28 albums, and 16 Top 40 hits, The Born To Be Wild Tour featuring original members of the classic rock bands Steppenwolf and Pegasus had a catalog of music that took us on an action-packed journey down memory lane. It was nothing but that 60's and 70's rock we all know and love.
With a mix of original and new members, the Born To Be Wild Tour - Steppenwolf Revisited, delivered on all the songs we remember, all the classic hits including: Born to be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Pusher, Rock Me, Hey Lawdy Mama, Snow Blind Friend, Who Needs Ya, Jupiter's Child, Ride With Me and It’s Never Too Late. My favorite was Whisper. I swear every song was like listening to the AM radio dial of yesterday,
Texican Rock'n Roll band Los Lonely Boys rocked the house at the Colorado State Fair. The Brothers Garza - Henry, Jojo and Ringo came out and played a high energy set that showcased their exceptional musical abilities.
It's stunning to say the least, the sound three brothers can produce with just one guitar, one bass and one drum kit. Henry is without a doubt one of the best guitar players out there. When he plays the electric guitar he closes his eyes and gets lost in a zone and the results are amazing. You can really feel his passion. His talent is right up there with such greats as Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. Jojo jams on the bass
and has a really great rapore with the audience and Ringo, WOW... I've never seen a drummer play the drums with a drumstick in his right hand, the second stick in his mouth while playing the bongos with his left hand. He can certainly keep a beat!
Jake Owen was a highlight of the Colorado State Fair this year. When he walked on stage, the whole place came alive. His energy was on full blast from start to finish! The stage was set up to mimic a beach, complete with palm trees and a tiki bar. It was the perfect setting for his first song "Beachin'", and just like a wave he captured his audience and never let go. The beach party had begun!
He engaged the audience throughout the entire show.
At one point he left the stage to walk, sing and take a few selfies among the stands with the fans. While singing "Alone With You" he breaks into Happy Birthday for a young woman who was celebrating her 18th birthday. He invited her and all her guest to come up to the tiki bar for the show and believe it or not Jake was just getting the party started.
The Colorado State Fair is host to the PCRA Ram Rodeo, some Monster Trucks, a Demolition Derby and some great concerts. Tonight we were not disappointed when the devastatingly handsome Chase Rice took the stage. He immediately began to charm the crowd with the cool, rock infused tune, "Do It Like This". To further raise the heart rates of the ladies, Chase began singing, "50 Shades Of Crazy", a crowd favorite, which he delivered in a smoldering, seductive style. As he prowled the length of the stage you could feel the exhilaration of the crowd, as they were entranced with his smooth, flirtatious style.
His setlist included "Do It Like This", '50 Shades Of Crazy",
"I Like Drinking",
"We Goin' Out",
"U Turn", "How She Rolls",
"Gonna Wanna Tonight",
"Jack Daniels & Jesus"
and everyone's favorite
"Ready Set Roll"!
Jerrod Niemann hit the stage running. Carrying a T-Shirt that read Real Women Drink Beer he picked a fan and threw it to her, thereby setting the pace for the entire show. There was tons of energy, playfulness, and smiling on stage...and it looked like Jerrod was having as good a time as the audience was. You can tell this man was a crowd pleaser! He brought
passion and lots of fun to the show. He was there to throw a party and throw a party he did!
As a performer, Niemann took the crowd's emotions on a never-ending roller coaster ride as he belted out all the songs the fans wanted to hear; "Lover, Lover", "Drink To That All Night", "One More Drinking Song", "Buzz Back Girl", "They Should Have Named You Cocaine", "Donkey" and even his newest single "Blue Bandana. The atmosphere was one of good clean fun. Jerrod has a great voice, a lot of fun songs, and when he put them all together it made for a fantastic night.
Tracy Lawrence kicked off the Colorado State fair with thousands of fans. From the minute he said hello to the audience, Lawrence had them smiling with eager anticipation. The "Paint Me a Birmingham" singer amply demonstrated song after song that he is in complete control as he delivered a solid performance simply by playing his music.
Tracy Lawrence is one of those rare timeless performer who hasn't lost any of his unique vocal sound over the years. If anything, it seems he's getting better with age. His opening numbers "Speed Of A Fool",
"Renegades, Rebels and Rogues" and
"Better Man, Better Off" set the tone for the evening; relaxed with an overall great feeling. Crowd favorites were "Texas Tornado", "Alibis" and of course "Paint Me a Birmingham".
Cheyenne Frontier Days ended with a bang as Keith Urban brings the party front and center.
His "Raise 'Em Up" Tour was filled with fun and lots of surprises. He held a contest to find someone to help him sing "We Were Us" his duet with Miranda Lambert and pulled some fans out of the crowd to help him sing "Raise 'Em Up" his duet with Eric Church. If that wasn't enough to excite, while in the audience he signed his guitar and gave it to a lucky fan. All in all it was quite the show!
Urban hit the stage with energy and left the crowd in a sea of screams and cheers. Coming out strong with "Long Hot Summer" he just continued
blasting the eager crowd with
"Where The Blacktop Ends",
"Somewhere In My Car",
"Raining On Sunday",
"You're My Better Half",
"I Told You So",
"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16". Every song was super charged by his insane guitar skills! He is so alive on the stage. He never gave less than a hundred percent the entire performance. It was as if he were doing each song just for YOU.
Few entertainers have reached the iconic status of Toby Keith. As he takes to the stage with that famed red solo cup clipped to his mic stand the crowd cheers wildly. The venue is packed wall to wall with fans ready to sing along to their favorite hits. It becomes obvious; Toby Keith is a massivly popular act!
His playful party songs "I Love This Bar", "Beer For My Horses" and “Red Solo Cup,” had people toasting with their cups raised high shouting out the chorus. Other standouts included such hits as "Weed With Willie", "Who's Your Daddy", "Should've Been A Cowboy", "I Wanna Talk About Me", "How Do You Like me now", "American Soldier" and "Courtesy Of The Red, White and Blue". All of which appeared to be among crowd favorites.
The Alabama concert at Cheyenne Frontier Days was a wonderful throwback to a day gone by. The weather was perfect and the band was spot on, the harmonies great. Opening with "If You're Gonna Play in Texas" Alabama rocked the house right out of the get-go with their distinct musical sound and timeless classics that everybody is familiar with. It's those songs that demonstrates why they are in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are Country Royalty!
Alabama has a lot of fans even after 40 years.
With Randy Owen, still jumping and dancing around on stage, Jeff Cook still rockin' on his guitar and the fiddle and Teddy Gentry still strumming his bass guitar it's not hard to understand why! They never disappoint. They are a bunch of good ole' country boys that have stayed true to themselves and their fans over the years.
Montgomery Gentry delivered! The duo of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry and their band sounded great. These two Kentucky Born and Bred boys share an incredible chemistry and it was wonderful to watch. It was truly a fun evening. A high energy concert performed by musicians with many talents.
In what appeared to be effortless for them, they had the whole place getting down with some great country music.
After a four year absence the duo finally released new music titled "Folks Like Us". Fans everywhere were excited. We were treated to the live version of "Folks Like Us" during the show and it amazed me how many of the fans already had the words down!
This year's entertainment at Cheyenne Frontier Days is better than ever with endless concerts and rodeos. Imagine if you will a cool July evening, just perfect for a concert. Tonight's schedule, long time country star, Trace Adkins, a man who is no stranger to entertaining the masses.
Adkins appears wearing a dark cowboy hat with the brim pulled low, in tight wrangler jeans. Although he is one rugged individual, at a whopping 6'6", he is still a gentle giant. He is steeped in traditional country and well-suited to the genre. Standing tall and straight at the center of the stage, Adkins instantly takes complete control of the audience.
His setlist included such hits as "Whup A Man's Ass", "(This Ain't) No Thinking Thing", "There's A Girl In Texas", "One Hot Mama", "You're Gonna Miss This" and "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". But it didn't matter what song Trace was performing the music was amazing and the crowd totally into the concert. Everyone was having a great time!
The Blue Army Tour had Aerosmith and about 18,000 fans partying at Cheyenne Frontier Days and oh what a party it was! The adrenaline rush just swept you away...
Opening with "Saddle" and immediately following with "Elevator" proved that Aerosmith is still at the top of their game and still having one helluva good time. They totally rocked the stage! Watching and listening to the band perform "Cryin'" is pure narcotic pleasure and definitely a crowd favorite.
The gorgeous single "Miss A Thing" had the crowd swaying back and forth while "Dude" had everyone on their feet!
Tyler amply demonstrated song after song that his biggest asset; his vocals, are still full-bodied giving every song that classic signature style, that unique 'Aerosmith Sound' that we all know and love. He was commanding and confident throughout the entire set and while Steven Tyler was showing off his Rock n' Roll style, Joe Perry showed off his mad skills...
Here's what I know. This woman can sing, sing, and sing! OMG what a phenomenal voice! Powerful and gritty with a Gretchen Wilson feel to her. Beautiful and edgy, she knows how to control the show! Her band is top notch and together they seem to have a lot of fun while putting on a great concert. To say Kinsey is an energetic performer is putting it mildly. She doesn't stop. Just like the energizer bunny she just keeps on going, giving no less than 150%. There is no doubt in my mind that she will Rock N' Roll you until you love her.
I saw her performance at the Cuchara Country Music Festival and I was instantly a fan. This gal from Oklahoma connects with people. She proves beyond a doubt, that Country Can ROCK! She started the night rockin' country style and didn't let up. Her set showcased her off-beat, powerful songwriting with "That's How I Roll", "The Young And The Restless", "Bikini Body" and more, all of which gave her voice ample times to shine. Her singing was warm and oh so beautiful, stoking an earthy intimacy as she sang the crowd pleaser "Sometimes I Forget".
The Historic Cuchara Village in Southern Colorado is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley. Surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest and boasting huge Ponderosa pines as a backdrop, this little Western Town is host to the 4th annual Cuchara Country Music Festival. This year's artists were: Craig Morgan, Charley Jenkins, Kinsey Sadler, Lusas Hoge, Jessie Funk and Cappton Reid. It was a gloomy day for the most part but a little rain, a little thunder, a little lightning, a little sun and a whole lot of clouds couldn't and wouldn't stop the fans or the show!
The Festival opened with Cappton Reid a Country/Classic Rock band consisting of Tony Cappelucci, Bruce Walton and Tom Reid. He and his band were the perfect kickoff for the event. They got the crowd warmed up and ready to party!
Wednesday night Garth Brooks kicked off the first of nine shows at the Pepsi Center and what a kick-off it was. It's been almost two decades since he played Denver making these some of the most highly anticipated shows of the year for the Mile High City. The fans were standing even before Garth appeared as a giant timepeice began a countdown, but when he did... he turned a crowd of nearly 20,000 into a screaming, singing, arm-pumping mass. He completely locked in with the audience. What a beautiful sight to see!
Opening with "Man Against Machine" and immediately following with "Rodeo" set the tone for a terrific evening of solid entertainment. Never for one second did he lose momentum as he belted out "Two Of A Kind (Workin' on a Full House)", "The Beaches Of Cheyenne", and "The River". He had the fans clapping, singing and swaying along to every beat as he sang "Two Pina Coladas", "Papa Loves Mama" and "Ain't Going Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)". Next up... "Unanswered Prayers"...
Eric Church brought his own kind of magic to the Mile High City as The Outsiders World Tour made a stop at the Pepsi Center. Eric took the stage around 9:00pm, no grand entrance, no tricks. He just casually walked stage. Dressed in jeans, boots, t-shirt and his ever-present mirrored aviator sunglasses giving him that sexy rock-star swagger; he delivered one of the best live shows going. His connection with his audience was genuine
but it was clear to the thousands of fans that this wasn't just any concert, this is an act we don’t see often and this was the show we've been dying to see for months.
From the first chord to the last chord, we were captivated.
What can I say. Eric Church was flawless. The setlist started with, “The Outsiders,” and delved directly into his second song ”Creepin',” (a huge fan favorite) and then "Guys Like Me". The crowd already on their feet couldn't sing loud enough! Truth is, no matter what he was performing he has the ability to make the audience feel something.
The concert was everything fans expected. From the moment he stepped onto the stage the place turned into a huge party.
Gilbert satisfied fans with every song he sang. "Bottoms Up" and "Small Town Throwdown", had the fans on their feet, while his songs "Dirt Road Anthem" and "My Kinda Party" (massive hits for superstar Jason Aldean) was sung by the entire audience. It was a helluva party that's for sure! He got the crowd cheering to "Read Me My Rights" and his voice, barely a whisper, with "Grown Ass Man" brought a hush that is rarely seen.
What can I say... Brantley Gilbert is one sexy guy with some major swagger, but his voice backs all of that up and then some! A non-stop performer, high energy, attention grabber who he knows how to draw every last person in the audience into his music.
Brantley Gilbert rocked his ass off! He knows what his fans like and gives it in spades.
This Beard Came Here To Party...and so did we!
While performing in support of country sensation Brantley Gilbert's tour, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks wow'd a packed house and an enthusiastic crowd. They were a total crowd-pleaser.
They rocked the house with their songs "Low Class", "Glass And chicken Wire", "Burn", "Things That I Love", "Shredneck USA", and their hit and the Boston Red Sox's Anthem ~ "This Beard Came Here To Party" (co-written with ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons).
They are the newest and coolest band in the business with their own style, sound, and energy. They are relaxed and smooth and master musicians as well. Their brand of country rock will reasonate with you long after their performance. I went home and downloaded their music. They were that good! I can't wait for their first full length album.
Korn came out and kicked the crowd's ass from start to finish!
They had everyone at the Colorado Event Center riled up as soon as the lights went dim. Moments later when the band hit the stage the party started and never stopped. Their sound was perfect; Loud, Clear and Rich. It was high energy with a non-stop pace. Jonathan Davis has such a great voice and he has so much charisma.
One of my favorite part of the night was hearing "Hater" live for the first time, I absolutely love that song and my second favorite of the night was seeing
Brian "Head" Welch back with the band. He was amazing. They all were.
They were very wild and consistant. They know how to rock, that's for sure. The best part of a live concert is the vibe and energy that flows in the crowd and the energy at a Korn concert is off the charts!
Gabriel Iglesias AKA... Fluffy
Laughter Through Unity
Comedian Gabrial Iglesias AKA Fluffy, rocked the Colorado State Fair Event Center (a total sell out) with his Laughter Through Unity Tour.
His interaction with the crowd really made the night one to remember.
He was absolutely hilarious.
His comedy is honest, intelligent, refreshing, and fun all at the same time!
His good friend Martin (Marteen) Moreno was the Master of Ceremonies and also a part of the opening act who brought his own brand of humor to the show as did the second opener Larry Omaha. They did a great job getting the audience pumped up for Gabriel and
when Gabriel took the stage he OWNED IT! He knew his audience and it played to his strength. "I love the air quality here – you can feel the oxygen,” he said of the Colorado atmosphere compared to a smoggy Los Angeles. “You take a deep breath and say, I can do math.”
Certain artists just seem to have an innate sense of what it takes to please an audience. Tony Orlando is one of those artists.
He started his show with an oldie but a goodie; "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree". It was one of Tony's biggest hits and a helluva way to kick start a night of pure entertainment. With an old school charm he drew the audience in with ease and skill as only he can. Rolling right into "Knock Three Times" and "Candida" made it almost intimidating being in front of a living legend.
Tony's voice was pitch perfect. He had great range, filled with emotion and control. The word smooth comes to mind. His energy was wonderful, he fully engaged the audience, his smile lit up the venue and what else can I say, he is an incredible performer... at any age! It's hard to believe he was born in 1944.
Happy Together Tour
The Happy Together tour was a fun time, with a mix of 60s and 70s pop and rock. The artist on this tour were Mitch Ryder (and the Detroit Wheels), Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Chuch Negron from Three Dog Night, and of course vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as Flo and Eddie of The Turtles.
All the acts in the show are great fun and make you smile,laugh and you can't help but sing-along.
Mitch Ryder was the opening singer, with great enery who still has a great voice. His setlist included; Little Latin Lupe Lu,
Jenny Take A Ride, Sock It To Me Baby,
Too Many Fish In The Sea & Three Little Fishes, Devil With A Blue Dress & Good Golly Miss Molly. Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad was second in the lineup and for us rockers totally stole the show...
If you want a concert that lifts you up, makes you smile, puts you in a great mood, then make sure you find your way to a Chris Young concert! It's a real crowd pleaser.
Here's a guy who genuinely seems excited to be performing.
He has great energy, a great smile and he is so appreciative of the fans. It's a winning combination.
Chris is very interactive with his audience making sure everyone feels in the zone. He performes a variety of music: from his older hits to songs from his new album "A.M.", to a fantastic cover of ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man" where he introduces his band....
Right out of the chute Clay Walker kicked off the Colorado State Fair with a bang. It wasn't his undeniable likeability, it wasn't his old school country charm or even the confetti canons, it was simply some great music sung by a country singer with a great voice. It was the upbeat tempo's, the beautiful ballads and the always fun, ever popular crowd sing-a-longs.
Clay delivered throughout his entire set. His crowd pleasing hits included:
If I Could Make a Living,
When She's Good, She's Good,
Dreaming With My Eyes Open,
'Fore She Was Mama,
Rumor Has It,
She Won't Be Lonely Long,
This Woman and This Man,
Then What and more.
Clay's voice is honest and natural. His songs are meaningful with touching lyrics with memorable melodies...
So how does one describe a Kid Rock concert? I've said this before and I'll say it again. He's pure style, pure energy and pure entertainment! He's ferocious, beautiful, brilliant, exciting, entertaining, talented, confident, compelling, funny, sexy, devilish & unstoppable.
In his trademark black hat, the ultimate American Badass has this irresistible energy. He is a showman who gives the audience exactly what they want. Kid Rock's performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming was as usual, nothing short of spectacular. The set was a well infusion of Kid's greatest hits in rock, country & rap and it pleased the entire audience. I for one had a KILLER time.
It’s tough to list everything Kid Rock does in a live performance. He pretty much oozes talent and confidence and it shows.
He plays electric guitar, drums, piano, and makes music while spinning some albums - all while maintaining a madmans pace.
Cruisin' with Florida-Georgia Line.
Oh What A Show!
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, one of country's biggest duo's - Florida Georgia Line - rocked the stage at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Their dynamic stage presence and infectious smiles throughout the show left you simply in awe. It's no wonder they've reached superstar status as country's hottest new duo.
The vibe was fantastic all night!
Pure, rocket-fueled adrenaline. The ever popular sing-along, when the artist kinda stops singing and lets us the crowd take over became some of the nights
highlights. Their setlist included "Get Your Shine On," "This Is How We Roll," and "Cruise" and these fan favorites had the crowd estatic by voicing their appreciation with one continuous roar...
Colt Ford is a good ol' country boy that knows how to get down. This was the first I had ever seen Colt and what I instantly noticed was how he put his heart into what he was doing and how without realizing it, I was bopping to his beat. Man, he rocked the hell out of that stage. I was hooked and now I'm a Colt Ford Fan! I love his love of country as evidence the flag he carries.
I also noticed how talented all the members of his band are but I thought his fiddle/ guitar player/ part time singer was fantastic! They offer a good live sound. Totally enjoyable.
Colt Ford created a style that suits him and his fans love it. He was received with open arms by the music hungry folks in the audience. His crowd pleasing songs just kept coming! The setlist included...
Brad Paisley was at the top of his game during his performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The show had it all... Great vocals, great entertainment at a great venue with great weather. What more could you ask for? How bout some extroadinary visuals, pitch perfect vocals, mad-skill guitar playing and Brad's humor throughout the entire night. He put it all out there and the crowd LOVED it!
He is one helluva entertainer who really goes out of his way to make a connection with the audience.
The man has energy and charisma, and of course, great talent. He is very interactive with the audience and there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs. Throughout the whole night he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
When a fan threw a bra with a one dollar bill pinned to it up on stage he made us laugh by telling the fan that he appreciated the money but he was already getting paid for performing...
Lynch is a breath of fresh air. Always smiling, fabulous voice, infectious personality, great ambiance with his band. Just a pure pleasure to listen and to watch. His song list included; "Dancing In The Headlights," "She Cranks My Tractor," "Sitting Pretty," "Callin' Baton Rouge" (Garth Brooks cover),"Hurricane," "Wild In Your Smile," "Cowboys & angels" and more.
As if flashing those baby blue eyes and that sweet smile wasn't enough to endear him to the audience his dedication of "Cowboys & Angels" to his Grandparents certainly was. 58 Years & 4 months... that's how long they are married. He also took a picture of the audience to tweet to his Mom, just so she knew he was having a good time. But the highlight of the show - Dustin Lynch doing "Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake. He admitted it was out of his wheelhouse but was doing it on a dare and WOW it sure paid off. I loved it and I thoroughly enjoyed the moves that went along with it! Truth is I thoroughly enjoyed his entire show. Dustin Lynch is a true country boy who can put on a great show.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Good Old Time Rock n' Roll
With a mix of original and new members, Creedence Clearwater Revisited (CCR)
still has what it takes to bring down the house. They beautifully delivered on all the songs we remember and a
few we may have forgotten. The energy and stage presence took everyone in attendance back to the 60s and 70s. They had us from the beginning with "Born On The Bayou" and by the time the bad moon rose...... they had the packed out crowd on their feet as well!
The original drummer (Cosmo) and bass guitarist (Stu) are still with the band after all these years!
Cosmo and Stu took the time to comment about the longevity of their music and thanked the fans for their support. The band (CCR) was formed in 1995 with Cook saying, "We never really had any intention of playing for the public, but a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it..." As a fan, all I can say is "Creedence Lives!"
Foreigner - World Class Rockers who put on a great show! Frontman Kelly Hansen was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! His flawless voice and energy kept everyone on their feet. The fact that it was a simple theater (The Pikes Peak center) did not stop Foreigner from rockin' the building on my birthday the night of November 3rd!
Great vibe all night!
Pure, rocket-fueled adrenaline. One of the nights highlights... "I
Want To Know What Love Is" sung with Widefield High School Choir. Foreigner joined forces with the GRAMMY foundation in an effort to help keep music education alive in high schools. The band has donated thousands to individual high schools and to the GRAMMy foundation. Tonight the Widefield High School was the recipeint of Foreigners generosity. Another unsuspected – and reoccurring – part of the show was the chatter of lead singer Kelly Hansen between songs. He also pleasantly surprised us by going into the audience for some Hi-Fives more than once.
Bruno Mars - Moonshine Jungle Tour
Just The Way You Are!
It was all there; the R&B influence, the Motown moves, the sing-along favorites that never wanted for energy or intensity. The Moonshine Jungle Tour was built to deliver the perfect night of entertainment and entertain us it did! The sold-out show opens with Bruno appearing through fog and immediately kicks off with the hit “Moonshine,” which in turn had everyone on their feet shaking what their Mama gave them.
Bruno is a little dynamo with a powerhouse voice that's distinctive and head turning. He is James Brown, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley all rolled into one neat package. With an old-fashion showbiz razzle dazzle Bruno Mars and his Hooligans deliver. They are what a professional band is all about. Modern, catchy and addictive, a band with an act that refuses to be boring. All the members were in top form - running, jumping and dancing across the stage, giving the cheering crowd everything they wanted and more.
Come On Baby Let's Go Listen to the Night Train!
Jason Aldean is an electrifying and a talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a wild set from start to finish no matter the venue. His high-octane Night Train show is a sure-fire hit! Bringing his fiesty brand of country to a sold-out, record-breaking Cheyenne Frontier Days was
quite the party... Ok, it was my kinda party! As Jason so famously sings "You got your country boys and your redneck girls. It's the party heard round the world.." And what a party it was. Nothing short of a total adrenaline rush that sweeps you away.
As Aldean hit the stage with a roar, the vigor of “Crazy Town” had the crowd joined in a collective choral swoon. “Take A Little Ride” cascaded into uproarious cheers and iPhone snapshots. By the third song, "Tatoos On This Town" I settled into a groove with the hundreds around me and thousands behind me.
Attending a concert by The Band Perry (TBP) is to witness a performance of giant proportions! While touring with Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry takes performing to a whole new level. Their opening number "Done" is a solid high-energy song with an insinuatingly catchy chorus and choreographed moves, (hair included) to whet everyones appetite.
TBP is composed of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2009 with "Pioneer," their second album released in april of 2013. In 2010 they won the Academy of Country Music's Top New Artist and Top New Duo or Group awards. They also cinched CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year with "If I Die Young," which also won Country Music Association's Single of the Year Award in 2011.
So how does one describe The Band Perry fronted by Kimberly Perry...
Dirt Road Diaries - Cheyenne Frontier Days
Luke Bryan was the definition of country cool at Cheyenne Frontier Days this summer. The singer had a one track mind, focused on a single, splendid goal and that was to have you standing on your feet, pumping your first in the air and rockin' the hell out of every minute of his concert and by doing so he effectively captured his firecracker live energy and his unstoppable groove. Over 21,000 fans crashed his party that night and every one of them had a foot stomping time!
Luke Bryan is a natural performer whose boyish handsomeness, smooth sexy sound and undeniable swagger was just right for a cool rainy July night! Throughout the night Luke sounded strong thrilling the crowd with his set list, which included; Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Country Man, Someone Else Calling You Baby, Rain Is A Good Thing...
Totally Out Of This World!
An Astronaut and a Rockstar
Astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar on the International Space Station! Talk about the ultimate space jam.
The song is called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," and it's billed as the first space-Earth musical collaboration. It's a very long-distance project from Canadians Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Chris Hadfield, who currently commands the International Space Station.