Hellooo Michigan! Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over Tour, with opening act Cassadee Pope, sold out a few weeks before the concert and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. As a Canadian who travels frequently to American venues, I get a lot of surprised looks from people I meet in line. Kudos to the young couple who travelled all the way from Toronto, Ontario just for the weekend to see this show. That’s when I knew it would be a night to remember.
With the front row already claimed by the pre-show VIP crowd, the general admission masses wasted no time finding their spots, well before Pope took the stage. She began her set to a welcome chorus of applause and every time she asked the crowd if they were having a good time, the volume of the response grew exponentially. Not only, did she play her well-known hits “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” and “Wastin’ All These Tears On You,” but she also did a KILLER cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” Safe to say the crowd was pumped and ready for the headliner to appear.
Enter Chris Young.
I’ve been blessed to see a lot of concerts but I’ve honestly never heard a crowd sing lyrics back to an artist the way this crowd did for him. Coming out to “Underdogs,” a new song from his I’m Comin’ Over album, the energy in the room reached a frenzy as the diehard fans and new fans alike began dancing along to the beat. Just a few minutes later, after explaining how “Getting You Home (The Black Dress Song)” got its name and singing one of my personal favorites of his, “Voices,” Young broke into a blinding smile expressing, “we’re only three songs in, this is incredible…thank y’all so much.”
Young’s set consisted of a solid balance of his previous hits and new material. Songs such as “Who I Am With You,” “Aw Naw,” and “You” were obvious crowd pleasers but the new ballad, “I Know A Guy” also struck a chord with the crowd. Young’s deep voice and presence on stage were evident once again when he decided to cover Keith Whitley’s classic “When You Say Nothing At All” which had me wishing I could listen to him sing all night long. One of the highlights of the night, however, was his duet with Cassadee Pope as they performed their current radio single “Think Of You.” The sweetest moment came as both artists realized the crowd was singing back at the top of their lungs – Young smiled and pointed, while Pope gave a delighted little hop in her black dress and they finished the song with a celebratory hug.
As the night came to a close, Young thanked the capacity crowd once again for spending the night with him and for singing along to every song. One last cheer thundered through the venue as Young sang his No. 1 hit “I’m Comin’ Over” followed by a rocking sing along in which half the audience shouted “Save Water” while the other responded “Drink Beer.” After thanking the fans one last time, Young exited the stage and the capacity crowd headed for the merchandise table to scoop up memorabilia of what was truly an unforgettable night of music. Thank you Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, and all who made that evening possible. I will definitely be investing in seeing more Chris Young concerts in the future.