It’s a Big and Rich Party throwdown at Treasure Island. This time the alt-country rockin’ duo brought the party indoors, along with several friends including Hick-Hop star Cowboy Troy who also doubles as the merch guy before and after the shows and everyone’s favorite superhero- Spiderman.
Warming up the crowd for Gary Allan and Big & Rich was the popular local act, Chris Hawkey Band. They started out the night with “North Country” from Chris Hawkey’s old band, Rocket Club. The ensemble then worked through several crowd favorites including a pretty good cover of Jamey Johnson’s “In Color”, the new CHB Single “Cherry Hill” and finished the set out with the fans’ favorite song, “Favorite Song”.
Ladies in the audience started swooning all over the place as Special Guest Gary Allan made his way onto the stage. Tonight Allan was definitely a breath of fresh air with his classic country style. He didn’t chat with the audience too much, and only referenced that the show was all last minute for everyone, both his last minute addition to the lineup and the moving the concert indoors. Allan was Tugging at heart with several ballads including personal favorites, “Songs About Rain” and “The Best I’ve Ever Had,” while still having plenty of toe-tappers like “Nothing On But The Radio” and “Get Off On The Pain”.
What a difference a few minutes make, now isn’t the time to be sitting quietly in your seats, it’s time to stand up. It’s Party time. DJ Sinister made sure of that, hitting the stage and spinning his version of Country Music, Re-mixed, and Re-Fried. He slammed popular Country Music hits with other pop hits, and worked the crowd up for Big & Rich to hit the stage.
Finally Big & Rich hit the stage with “Comin’ To Your City,” they flew higher than a jet airliner for a good portion of the night, only slowing the party down on two occasions. The first was on their song “8th Of November,” accompanied by a touching story of an American Hero and War Vet named Niles Harris who served our country for 5 tours. The second moment, they reflected on a somber event… The Route 91 Country Music Festival shooting. Performing just a few hours before the tragedy, John Rich wasn’t too far away, as the shooting spree took place, and he introduced us to local hero Minneapolis Police Officer Justin Brown who was in town and off-duty and borrowed John Rich’s revolver and had taken command of the restaurant entrance where they were all holed up.
The rest of the night was a party atmosphere as Big Kenny and Cowboy Troy worked the crowd during several hits including covers of Tom Petty, Ac/Dc, and even Sir-Mix-A-Lot. Ending the party with Hick-Hop and Country hit “Rollin'(The Ballad Of Big and Rich).
The night had a little bit of everything for the crowd as opener Chris Hawkey came out with his Rockin’ Country, Gary Allan brought his Traditional Classic Country and Big And Rich blended their Hick-Hop and Country Mix and Party Rock. An absolute blast, even if the party was moved indoors. If you’ve ever seen The Big & Rich duo before then you know it’s a show that belongs outside on a huge stage. Hopefully next time Spiderman will have room to roam.