Country star Kacey Musgraves served up some Southern style at The Paramount Theater in Long Island, NY over the weekend. She performed tracks from her new album, “Pageant Material,” which was just released last month, along with hits from the Grammy winning “Same Trailer, Different Park.” We love Kacey’s style – her set was made to look like a sunset over the Texan desert, complete with neon cactus lights. Her 5 piece band wore their signature light up suit jackets, and played everything from the steel guitar to the upright bass to the banjo. They joined Kacey at the front of the stage at the end of the evening for “My House,” doing a little do-si-do.
Throughout the evening, Kacey showed off her vocal range and clever songwriting skills. Other highlights of her set included a country version of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and a cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Kacey penned. She also filled the audience in on the inspiration for some of the tracks on her new album. When she was 11 a crazy stage mom called her a “dime store cowgirl,” which Kacey ended up turning into a song. She gave a shout out to her “momma” who was in attendance. We’re sure that even though Kacey’s “not Pageant Material” she’s still proud!
The crowd was singing along to every word, even the newer material. Kacey took time near the end of the set to individually point out and thank fans in the crowd (by name!) Some had made her unique gifts, others had been to countless shows, and a young girl had asked Kacey to sign her guitar before the show.
She closed out the show with an encore that began with a solo acoustic performance of “Cup of Tea” before her hit “Follow Your Arrow.” Kacey came back out wearing light up boots for a country version of “These Boots Are Made For Walking” which had the whole venue rocking. She thanked the crowd one final time and wished them safe travels before doing an acapella version of “Happy Trails” with her band.
Good Ol’ Boys Club
Family is Family
The Trailer Song
Dime Store Cowgirl
Mama’s Broken Heart
It Is What It Is
Late to the Party
Merry Go ‘Round
Cup of Tea
Follow Your Arrow
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Thomas Rhett played a killer sold-out show at the Paramount in Huntington, NY over the weekend. It was one of those shows that you’ll always remember – everyone in the crowd could feel something special was happening. Thomas had already been having a great week: he made history when his single “Makes Me Wanna” hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart, making him only the second country artist to ever have 3 #1 hits from a debut album, and the first to do so in over 20 years.
When he played “Make Me Wanna,” just 4 songs into the set, the energy in the room went off the charts, as the already hyped up crowd dance and sang along to every word. It was so overwhelming that Thomas had to pause a couple of times to wipe away tears before he could continue (as did we). Which only egged the crowd on more, as everyone erupted into cheers and the usual chants of “USA! USA!.” It was a touching and telling moment, and we get chills just thinking about it. Ladies and gentlemen, Thomas Rhett has arrived.
Thomas kicked off the night with a newer track, “South Side,” encouraging the audience to shake their “south sides.” Thomas proved again and again during his set that he is indeed very good at shaking his south side. He’s mentioned wanting to bring soul and funk back into country music, and he’s certainly doing just that. Like most of country’s new artists at the moment, Thomas was influenced by a wide range of music, not just country. A cover of Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party,” (which Thomas co-wrote) included a medley of Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” and David Lee Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle.” His intro music was Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets,” and he broke into a little of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie.” He ended his set with a cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk,” further showcasing his funky side.
Thomas has the unique ability to make every person in the room feel like they are a part of the show – pointing out fans in the front rows and the rafters, signing hats and taking selfies mid-song, and calling out to one fan in the audience who was standing there with his arms crossed. Boy, you can’t do that at at Thomas Rhett show. He got the surprise of his life later in the night when Thomas pulled him onstage during his cover of “Friends In Low Places,” handed him his guitar and encouraged him to sing, “play guitar,” and yes, shake his south side. After spotting a Birthday poster in the crowd, Thomas made sure to get the Birthday Girl’s name before leading a “Happy Birthday” singalong. He asked the girl if she was having a great time – we think it’s safe to say best Birthday, ever.
All in all, we went in to the show not knowing what to expect, just that we liked his album. And we walked out much bigger fans than before. We’re not sorry for partyin’ with Thomas on Saturday night.
Thomas Rhett is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line and Frankie Ballard. Check out all of his upcoming tour dates HERE! And if you have the chance to see him, GO! He’ll be the one headlining Madison Square Garden one day.
Something To Do With My Hands
What You Got In That Cup
Makes Me Wanna
Parking Lot Party Medley
It Goes Like This
Front Porch Junkies
Sorry For Partyin’
Take You Home
Beer With Jesus
Get Me Some Of That
Friends In Low Places (encore)
Pickup a copy of Thomas Rhett’s debut album “It Goes Like This” on iTunes now! Visit our Tumblr for more photos from the show.
Long Island’s 106.1 BLI is making sure you have the best summer ever! Last month, they brought back Summer Jam at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater, with artists like Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, AJR and New Hollow. And now they are bringing Jake Miller to NY for a concert at The Paramount on August 18th!
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 25th at 10AM EST. There will be a BLI presale starting tomorrow, July 24th at 10AM. Make sure you tune into 106.1 for the presale code! They’ll also be giving away tickets to some lucky listeners!
Check out Jake’s new single, “First Flight Home” below and pickup a copy on iTunes! The track was co-written by another SecretFangirl.com fave, Brandyn Burnette.
106.1 BLI Present Jake Miller
The Paramount – Huntington, NY
August 18th at 7pm
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