It is always exciting when a new entertainment venue opens in your town. 2017 started off with a bang in Tulsa, OK as a new 2,500 seat theater called Paradise Cove opened in the River Spirit Casino’s Margaritaville. The very first act, who also cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony, was none other than country music star Chris Young.
It was a sold-out crowd and although there were a few things that didn’t quite look finished, like carpet missing from part of the hallway floors, overall the venue looked fantastic. When you have a smaller theater like this, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. It feels more intimate and the performers seem to connect with the audience a little better.
Not only was this the first show ever for Paradise Cove, but it was the first in 2017 for Chris Young on his I’m Comin’ Over World Tour. He opened with the fist-pumping “Underdogs” and then got right to his hits and didn’t stop for the next 75 minutes. Throughout the night, we were treated to all his familiar tunes such as “Voices,” “Lonely Eyes,” Who I Am with You,” “Tomorrow,” and his latest single “Sober Saturday Night.”
Before he played many of his songs, he would talk about how it was written, who it was about, or he would tell a funny story about it. Just before he sang his first No.1 he explained that they actually had to change the name of “Gettin’ You Home” to include “(The Black Dress Song)” because all the fans could remember about the song was that black dress. Something I really love about a Chris Young concert is how he is able to tell a story to set up a song, but it doesn’t feel forced. It’s a perfect blend of conversation and music to keep you entertained all night. He is also very appreciative of his fans. He continually thanks everyone for buying his albums, coming to his shows, and making his songs hits on the radio. You can tell he loves his fans and knows he wouldn’t be there without them.
Through a lot of his tour he has had Cassadee Pope along for the ride, but this show had no opening act, so when it came time to sing his mega hit “Think of You,” the audience had to fill in for his duet partner. I’m not going to lie, it just wasn’t the same without Ms. Pope, but we did our best to sing her part and do her proud. Another person missing this particular night was his steel guitar player due to a family emergency so he couldn’t sing one of my favorites “Neon,” but instead, he decided to do an audience requested song “Text Me Texas” from his album A.M. and the crowd loved it.
One of the highlights of the show was when he gave us all a little history lesson. In the middle of his song “I Can Take It from There” he mentions putting an old Conway Twitty record on. When the audience didn’t respond like he wanted at the reference of the song “I’d Love to Lay You Down,” he stopped the music and educated us all on how smooth and sexy Conway Twitty songs were. By the time he finished the song, the crowd was definitely much louder and rowdy and that carried on for the rest of the evening.
Chris Young is one of those singers that you know about but you don’t realize he has so many hits until you go to a show and you can sing every song. His smooth baritone voice will make you melt when he sings sexy ballads like “I’m Comin’ Over” but he also gets you out of your seat dancing with songs like “Aw Naw.” He is a great entertainer and was the perfect pick for Paradise Coves’ inaugural show.
What is your favorite Chris Young song? Comment below or tweet me @shanherrold to let me know.