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.
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!"
Little Big Town brought it to the Colorado State Fair with a well received set list which included: Little White Church, On Fire Tonight, Bring It on Home, Pavement Ends, Sober, Front Porch Thing, Your Side Of The Bed, The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover), Self Made and their award winning hits Tornado, Pontoon and Boondocks.
From the first number through the ovation of Boondocks, Little Big Town was energetic and very entertaining.
They are all incredibly talented individuals and displayed all their vocal abilities together as a group as well as individually. Their harmonies were beautiufl and spot on. They sounded as good in person as they do on the radio! They produce effortless vocals, smooth, rich harmonies, strong lyrics and memorable melodies.
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.
Rachel and the boys sure know how to get an eager crowd all fired up! They put on a stellar show at the Colorado State Fair this August and instantly put the fans in a party mood with "Wanna Take You Home." The trio are a great combination together, each with their own talents and personalities they bring to their performance.
When Mike Gossin energetically commanded the stage with his guitar, he really got into it. He had the fans in a impressive frenzy. Rachael Reinert is unbelievable! Not only is she gorgeous but she has an incredible voice. She has a very down to earth appeal that fans love. Tim also the master of his guitar has a rich voice who puts you in a good mood just watching him. Together Gloriana has perfect harmonies with a perfect stage presence. The group has fun together and managed to get the crowd involved in the fun as well.
The Colorado State Fair kicked off with a bang Friday night as thousands of fans rocked out with Randy Houser. It was easy to tell right out of the get go that he was at the top of his game. His voice, both soulful and gritty was cool and crisp, and other times warm and soothing. He has a totally awesome sound. Combine that with his exceptional stage presence, we found ourselves smack in the middle of one helluva party!
Coming out strong with "Sunshine On The Line" he just continued
blasting the eager crowd with fiesty songs only to be followed by delicate tunes that break your heart.
When Randy sings a ballad he proves that songs have the ability to move us. Like when he downshifted into a slower flow with "Anything Goes." Not only was it a crowd pleaser, but you got the sense that he was definitely channeling an old soul. You could easily hear the heart felt emotion in his voice on every note. For me, this is the way music should be. It's hearing that feeling inside your soul and all that goes with it... Randy makes it real, which made "Anything Goes" easily a set highlight as was...
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.
Toby Keith closed out Cheyenne Frontier Days with a bang as he brought his Hammer Down Tour to town. He is the living embodiment of Country music. With his guitar in hand he simply walked on staged, played his music and started to entertain us.
No stranger to Cheyenne Frontier Days Toby is always well received. He exudes the kind of genuineness and humanity that lends real authority to his performance. The crowd knows it and the crowd loves it! His music has a big sound that reaches people on a personal level and it has the ability to energize a festive crowd. With 20 number one singles, including "Beer for My Horses," "Made in America" and "American Soldier" to his name, Toby has endeared himself to the American public. He's also taken home top male vocalist, entertainer of the year and video of the the year from the Academy of country Music. With that being said Toby and his larger than life presence belted out his classic hits mixed with songs off his newest album "Hope On The Rocks." I loved; American Ride, I Wanna Talk About Me, Red Solo Cup, How do You Like Me Now, American Soldier, Courtesy Of The Red White And Blue (The Angry American) and so many 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.
While performing in support of country sensation Jason Aldean's Night Train tour, Jake Owen wow'd the Cheyenne Frontier Days crowd the moment the spotlight shined on him. In that very instant there was no doubt he had the audience in his pocket. His engaging personality and formidable talent made it a "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" for the sold out show.
One thing he does expertly is command a stage. He knows how to play to an audience and keep the cheers going.
In spite of his recent go-kart injury Jake Owen was
in particular fine form and pulled off an amazing performance. He was extremely playful and the audience loved it. So much so, at one point he even went in the crowd. Definitely a highlight of the night for those lucky fans! He will surely have a long and successful career in the country music industry. I think the fans will see to it!
13-year country veterans Rascal Flatts started the night off with a bang. Coming out strong with "Life Is A Highway" set the tone for the evening. Singing on-pitch and handling the challenging harmonies and change-ups with ease, Gary, Joe-Don and Jay delivered an amazing show. The crowd was intensely into it the whole time through, singing the words to every single song they played.
Pulling tunes fron throughout their career with unrestrained energy, and smiling through almost every song, Rascal Flatts delivered! We were treated to hits like; Banjo, Here's To You, This Everyday Love, Every Day, Praying For Daylight, What Hurts the Most, These Days and a kick-ass Mayberry complete with exceptional visuals & graphics to the song. The setlist continued with the hits...
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...
What started out as a cool July evening in Wyoming turned into a wild wet night for husband and wife duo Shawna and Kiefer Thompson of Thompson Square. When calm went to crazy watching the show was to witness a performance unlike anything I've ever seen. It was as if they said *F@@k the weather* let's play! Once that commitment was made there was no turning back. The super duo turned 'crazy' into crazy cool and for close to an hour and a half we were treated to a high energy, kick-ass show - and they were the opening act! From the beginning to the end, wet or dry, Thompson Square was fun and full of energy. They managed to get the crowd totally involved with them and it became an all out party!
Their emotions seemed real which in turn brought tremendous passion and ferocious fun to the set.
Their setlist included; Here's to Being Here, That's So Me And You, Getaway Car, Glass, Just Feels Good, If I Didn't Have You, Testing The Water, Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not, I Got You and more.
Colorado Springs was in full swing with their annual Colorado Springs Spree. This year's highlight was Country Star Billy Dean, a man whose fun, upbeat personality was quickly embraced by fans. Although the weather was not cooperating Billy kept the crowd engaged throughout his set by entertaining us with his music and sharing stories of his life and his love of Nashville.
It's easy to see that Dean is definitely in his comfort zone while he performs. His fiery setlist included...
Eighties rock has aged well judging from the lively, very physical set that veteran rockers Bon Jovi delivered. The night was an onslaught of music, energy, and talent.
They opened their two hours and forty-five minute show at Denver's Pepsi Center last night with the song "That's What The Water Made Me" a new one off their latest CD called "Because We Can." Without missing a beat we heard "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Born To Be My Baby," "Raise Your Hands" - and wow, you knew you were at a Bon Jovi Concert!
Jon has a magical conection with the audience. He has a way of engaging. "Today's April 16th isn't it?" he says. So I get up this morning and look out my Hotel window and see 13 inches of snow." Well that set the crowd off. The echos of laughter and cheers still ring in my ears.
More then seventeen years after the release of their first album, Matchbox Twenty can still make music.
It was a full house and Rob Thomas owned the stage at the Matchbox Twenty show at the Route 66 Casino, Legends Theater. The band played music off of all of their albums, including several new songs off their latest album - North, so the set pleased everyone from long time fans like myself to those who just wanted to hear the singles.
Early on Rob asked the audience to give him 2 hours so we can all have a good time together. The band brought passion, soul, artistry, talent, and sheer fun and gave it to their fans and it made for a fun-filled night! You can see the dedication and hard work in their stage show. They hit it bursting with energy and blazed through song after song after song. It was a nonstop music fest!
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.