Brad Paisley Takes His Weekend Warrior’s To Jones Beach
Brad Paisley Takes His Weekend Warrior’s To Jones Beach
Going to a concert in the summertime is always nicer when you can enjoy your favorite band outdoors under the stars. On the warm summer evening of August 3rd, country fans flocked to the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater to get their fix of The Weekend Warrior Tour with Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Many came early to tailgate in the big parking lot, making barbeques, tossing frisbies, line dancing to their favorite tunes blasting from the car stereo, and having a good ole time.
Those that came in early to catch the opening act were pleased by the great sounds of Lindsay Ell, who not only has a fantastic voice, but she also plays a mean guitar. Ell is an upcoming artist who was part of the coast-to-coast 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know.”
Ell and her band performed a short set of only about twenty minutes but she packed that time with her original songs such as “Waiting On You,” “Trippin’ On Us,” and “By The Way,” all while shredding her guitar all along the way.
There was a very short intermission as the stage was set up in layers. Ell’s set up was quickly removed and room was made for the next act, Chase Bryant, another young artist who is coming up fast on the country music charts all over the world. He dominated the CMT Hot 20 Countdown for fifteen weeks with his song “Take It On Back,” and the song was also a Top 20 hit in Canada and No.1 on Australia’s CMC Countdown.
Bryant had just under a half hour to play for the increasing crowds with his trio. He not only played his chart-topping hit, but he also played the popular single off of his latest release “Room To Breath.”
Another short intermission was met with a nice sunset sky as the backdrop to the venue. As you looked up to the sky you could not only see the beautiful sunset hues, but you could also see the seats filling up and it was becoming obvious this was indeed a sold-out show.
Dustin Lynch has only been on the scene since 2010, but with his deep country roots and traditional style he has been embraced by hardcore country fans. Lynch’s self-titled debut hit No.1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and the single “Cowboys and Angels” exceeded platinum sales. His follow up single “She Cranks My Tractor” became the No.1 video on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. In 2013 Rolling Stone even named him “The New Hat In Town” in their Best of Rock issue.
Lynch ran out on stage as his band began to play the first song, “Hell Of A Night,” and he took full command of the stage and engaged with the audience from the start. Taking full advantage of the catwalk, he strutted about in his cowboy boots and hat, slapping hands with his fans frequently. Early on in his forty-five minute set, he did a brand new song, one not even released yet, it was a party song and he playfully found a nearby audience member who was eager to take on his challenge to chug a beer.
While the whole arena was chanting “chug, chug, chug” the guy chugging the beer was displayed on the monitors for all to watch.
With that, the party was really going strong and Lynch had the audience captivated as he performed his original songs “Cowboys and Angels,” “Small Town Boy,” “Seein’ Red,” and “Where It’s At.” But before leaving the stage he said, “One of my inspirations and the one who got me to pick up the guitar, Mr. Brad Paisley, we are so honored to be on this tour with him!” and judging by the cheering, the audience was very glad Lynch was part of this tour too.
At this point night had fallen and a bright moon was high overhead. This intermission was slightly longer, just enough time for fans to get a fresh drink and prepare for the grand finale of the evening, Brad Paisley. Paisley has been on the scene since the late 1990’s and has made some pretty amazing accomplishments along the way. He has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, fourteen Academy Of Country Music Awards as well as fourteen Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer Of The Year.
With every seat in the house occupied, Paisley and his band kept the party going with “Last Time For Everything” with a little bit of Price’s “Purple Rain” to conclude his opening song, his fans were going wild. With videos accompanying every song as the backdrop to the stage there was plenty to take in, but many still found themselves mesmerized by Paisley who often had a spotlight following him as he regularly moved about the stage. After “Old Alabama,” “Perfect Storm,” “Online,” and “One Beer Can” Paisley commented on the beautiful night and how the last time he had played here at Jones Beach the high tide had the pit area covered in about a foot of water; not only he but the fans in this part of the arena we happy that was not the case this evening.
After being completely entertained by not only the band playing the song but the video that accompanied the song “Crushin’ It,” it was time to page homage to the men and women who make the sacrifices that keep us all safe. While Paisley invited a group of Military personnel to join him for a drink on stage for “Love And War,” fans greeted them by chanting, “USA, USA, USA” over and over till the music began to play, a truly uplifting moment. Then getting the party vibe going again Paisley invited Bryant to join him on stage for “American Saturday Night.”
Paisley then took a moment to say, “Ladies, I have a complaint, here’s the problem …” and he went right into the song “I’m Still A Guy.” And before long, Lynch joined Paisley on this song singing along with him and having fun. With Lynch still on stage, Paisley took a fan’s cell phone and they took some selfies and a video; a fan experience that surely many would love to of had. Then after playing “Celebrity,” “Then,” “She’s Everything,” “River Bank,” and the lighthearted “Grey Goose Chase,” Paisley left the main stage for a small set up stage near the soundboard, bringing him even closer to much of the crowd.
On this smaller stage he performed for his fans “Waitin’ On A Woman,” the confessional song “You’ll Always Be My First (Cousin)” and “Water.” While fans were enjoying this intimate experience it was time for him to return to his band on the main stage for “Whiskey Lullaby,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” “Thunder Hollow Breakdown,” and “Mud On The Tires.” With such a fun show no one wanted it to end, Paisley said he had hoped that many had the following day off and it being a Friday wished everyone a nice long weekend. They concluded the night with two more songs: “Today” and “Alcohol.”
As the fans began to filter out of the venue, there were so many faces with smiles, laughter could be heard, and by the time many reached their cars they were blaring their favorite Paisley tunes. It was a fun show with nothing but quality musicians from start to finish with this amazing lineup. This tour continues throughout the United States till the end of September and something you are guaranteed not to want to miss.
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