Frankie Ballard recently stopped by Willoughby, Ohio for the 4th annual Rib Burn Off. He attracted thousands of anxious fans who were more than thrilled to see this country star bring the party.
Taking the stage first was Nashville recording artist Suzi Oravec. She is a former Willoughby native and it was clear that she had the crowd’s full support. She had a playful demeanor from the moment she took the stage, and was thoroughly impressed with the turnout of fans. She covered several songs including Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Green Day’s “Good Riddance.” Once she had the crowd’s attention she began singing some of her originals. A personal favorite was “Remember Yesterday,” a heartfelt ballad dealing with a loss in the family. It is an emotional song that she executed flawlessly. She took full advantage of her time on stage and was sure to tease the crowd multiple times about buying her upcoming EP.
The energetic crowd was counting down the minutes until Frankie Ballard took the stage. Several fans in the front row had been waiting for 9 hours to see their idol up close and personal. Downtown Willoughby showed up in full force to get their dose of country music. There was not an empty spot as far as the eye could see from the stage.
Ballard opened with “I Came to Get Down” and that is exactly what he did. He belted song after song and jumped all over the stage while doing so. Aside from his killer vocals, during one song fans were able to witness his skills on the drums. The high points of the set included his performances of “Sunshine and Whiskey” and “Helluva Life.” Ballard made it a point to cover a Johnny Cash song, and he could not resist choosing “A Boy Named Sue.” As soon as the crowd heard the songs intro, they erupted. Another cover was Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” Ballard slayed this song and was sure to get the crowd involved on the chorus. Everyone was clapping along and screaming the lyrics right back.
The highlight of the show happened during the performance of his latest single “Young and Crazy.” Fans of all ages sang every line and jumped to the beat from beginning to end. Multiple gray haired fans took their turn crowd surfing while yelling “I’m young at heart!” It is clear that Ballard’s music has influenced many individuals, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. The set closed with the always fun “Drinky, Drink.” Frankie Ballard is an act that leaves all his energy on the stage and never disappoints. He’s simply a must see.
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