Kip Moore brought his Plead The Fifth tour into Ontario this past week with sold out stops in Ottawa, Barrie and Toronto. I was fortunate enough to catch the show in Barrie at Mavricks Music Hall on Friday. There is just something about a venue that’s packed to the rafters enjoying a country show and it was abundantly clear that the Barrie area has some true-plaid country fans. The night kicked off with a trio out of Southern California by the name of Fairground Saints. They have a great acoustic sound with killer harmonies and poignant lyrics (reminiscent of a stripped down Lady Antebellum) and fit this show perfectly. I would like to see these three in an even more intimate setting like the Bluebird in Nashville for an hour-long set. With new music on the horizon we hope to hear more from Fairground Saints.
Following the Saints was an artist I have been lucky enough to see a few times in the past. Drake White has played some shows in Ontario over the last couple years and he always manages to put on one of the best performances of the night, often stealing the show. Drake treated the sold out crowd to a set filled with charisma. There is just something about Drake that lures you in and keeps you listening. Whether it be the respect he has for the fans or the music he is playing, White is consistently able to charm the crowds. That said, his banter with the audience between songs was kept to a minimum because he was trying to let everyone hear as much music as possible with the time that he had, which was a 40-minute set with cuts from his upcoming album as well as some of the fan favorites such as It Feels Good and Livin’ The Dream.
Kip Moore took the stage with no flashy lights or crazy intro music. It was Kip, his band and a guitar strapped to his shoulder armed with a set full of music that made Mavricks the place to be that night. There is no hiding the fact that I have been a fan of Kip Moore since his first Canadian date opening for Billy Currington at Casino Rama back in 2012. Kip’s single Somethin’ About A Truck was being blasted over the airwaves across North America that year.
Fast forward 6 years and Kip is playing sold out shows across Ontario and recording some of the best music out there today. The set was jammed full of songs that have been filling the airwaves at my place for months with songs like Wild Ones and Beer Money, but it was his latest hit The Bull that seemed to give me all the feels on this night and it was just something about the way Kip delivered it. There was so much passion behind the performance. The best word to describe Kip Moore is “Serious”, and this is by no means meant as a negative criticism. He is serious about his music, serious about his country roots and serious about making sure everyone that comes to his show leaves feeling grateful they came. If you own Wild Ones and Slowheart and haven’t seen the live show yet, add it to your bucket list.
It was another amazing night at Mavricks. The Plead the Fifth Tour has 4 stops left in Ontario. They roll into Sault Saint Marie tomorrow night (March 27th) then back down to Ottawa on the 28th only to wrap up at a venue that Kip played back in 2016 for what will likely be 2 sold out shows on March 29th & 30th in London. (Only a few tickets remain for the 2nd show and you can snag them HERE).
Huge thanks to Kip, Drake White and Fairground Saints for an incredible night of music. And we also would like to thank Invictus Entertainment for bringing such great music up to Canada. We truly appreciate it and we know the fans will be forever grateful.
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76