There are a few things that I am coming to count on: #1 Jason Aldean brings the party. #2 Jason Aldean brings great music. #3 Jason Aldean brings an amazing stage set and lighting rig. #4 I always enjoy a Jason Aldean show
These four statements are fact. I always try to remain impartial with my reviews, and if a show doesn’t entertain or is lacking in some way then I will say it. But damn, Mr. Aldean has got this concert thing down. The recently newly named Budweiser Stage was rammed for the They Don’t Know Tour and as it has become quite the normal scene, country fans come to throw down. With the venue all decked out in it’s new Budweiser red branding, and lots of plaid shirts and short skirts with boots filing in you could just tell what kind of night it was going to be.
Aldean, arriving from an opening in the massive video board at the back of the stage, strolled out as They Don’t Know rocked the house and it’s near capacity crowd. And from this point, it was on! It was party time. The band he brings with him is always so damn tight and this night they just kept delivering Aldean hit after hit. At one point, Jason paid tribute to the recently departed Gregg Allman who Aldean called one of his heroes. They did a great job delivering Midnight Rider and made a worthy tribute to the legend of Allman. They also took things way back to the first album with Amarillo Sky and you could literally hear the crowd singing OVER the music. These fans know and love their Jason Aldean. The guy kills it. You get a solid dose of entertainment and all the songs you love in a straight forward full-on concert. I simply cannot think of another song I would have loved to hear from him.
The show was opened by Kane Brown who is certainly on an amazing trajectory to stardom. This guy literally launched himself through social media and has simply taken off. As he pointed out early in his set, he has been blessed by touring with Florida Georgia Line last year. And now he’s on the road with Aldean and playing to some big crowds all along the way and thanked all the fans who turn out and buy his music. His sound is great and he is really well received by the Canadian country fan.
Chris Young was up next on the bill, and again, here is an artist who delivers really solid music and sounded great. Chris also had the crowd singing along with him. There was a bit of a ramp up in energy when Chris hit the stage, and usually that’s the progression from opener to headliner. I certainly felt that Aldean was by far a more dynamic show, which since it’s his tour that really does make sense. But I had wished for the opening artists to be a little more fired up. And from a photographic perspective, step away from having the mic in front of their face so much. Now, to be totally fair, we were only permitted to photograph the first two songs of each artist so there is a definite possibility they did just that when I was away from the stage so they get the benefit of doubt. I think they both sounded great and the crowd sure loved them. I’d just expected a little more oomph to start of a big party night. I’ll state again though, I really loved the music of Kane Brown and Chris Young and they made a great three set night for this show that delivered all the country you wanted to hear. In between sets, DJ Silver was keeping the buzz alive with his amazing skills and mixes. This is something I’m seeing a little more often and it works. It fills the void of stage change-over between acts and replaces the piped in music that we usually get. So kudos for that as well.
All in all, the They Don’t Know Tour is one you do not want to miss if you’re a country fan. Mr Aldean, we DO all know. You rock!
Scott Burns, Tour Bus Entertainment.