Restless Road started the night out, opening up for Kane Brown. The Nashville band got the crowd warmed up. Confusing a majority of the audience with their song “Take Me Home“. The song plays on the John Denver song “Take Me Home, Country Roads“. Unfortunately, the crowd started singing the John Denver version. The two songs are very similar with different wording.
Chase Rice was next to hit the stage! I was surprised that I liked his set this time.
When Chase first came on the scene and was starting to make it big, I managed to see him on a couple of different occasions.
Granted this was before he had a full album out. His stage presence back then was excellent, at that time his awareness wasn’t. On previous times seeing Chase, his running around left him either tired or breathless and at times he would sound pitchy.
Chase had no such problems tonight! Much more mature and seasoned up on the stage. Starting the night out with “American Nights“, and “Break Up Drunk” from his latest album “The Album“.
Chase came back singing the hit song “Ready Set Roll” and Florida Georgia Lines “Cruise” (Which he helped co-write) while mingling with the first couple of rows of fans, even signing autographs for them.
Chase got real towards the end, saying “I’m sick of all these co-written songs that other people think I should sing. This song is about me!” as he went into “If I Were Rock & Roll“.
Kane Brown dropped down to the stage, starting a night that combined rock, rap, country, and stories of his family and his youth.
Starting the night out with the uptempo and as of yet the unreleased “Riot” along with “Pull It Off“. After the first couple of songs, it was time for some storytelling.
The 28-year-old Brown told several stories from his troubled youth, starting as a 6-year-old kid who did what many kids that age do – wet the bed.
In reaction, his stepfather threw him across the room leaving him cut up and bruised. Thankfully, this also led to the stepfather being arrested.
Kane talked about growing up poor, not having money, and his sneakers with holes in them. He played life as optimistic, claiming to his mom (who didn’t have money for new shoes) those holes helped make him the fastest basketball player on the court.
Whether true or not, Kane claims he messed up as he was recalling (and playing) songs from his days at school. Starting with a cover of Blake Shelton’s “Old Red“.
Where he supposedly screwed up is by playing Ben E Kings “Stand By Me” instead of “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston both with the same sound. Do I believe it? No. Makes a funny story though.
The rest of the night Kane featured several touching moments, with “For My Daughter” pledging to not be the father he never had.
Kane who donned a Timberwolves Shirt all night brought Chase, Restless Road, and the Minnesota Timberwolves Mascot, Crunch out for the song “Famous Friends” on a small party with everyone bouncing around the stage, dancing, mixing it up with the fans, and shooting plenty of shirts into the audience.
The last touching moment of the night had Kane bringing a couple who got engaged up on stage to dance to the hit song “Heaven“. Kane congratulated the couple. As he walked away (almost under his breath) you could hear him say, “and I mean it.” His genuine character makes his show that much better.
This is Kane Brown’s first headlining tour and this tour is hitting every basketball arena in the NBA, making him the first country artist to do so.
If he keeps making hits and connecting to the fans through his storytelling, he’ll turn from a star into a megastar. Kane’s got the right moves, charm, and swagger.