On May 7th 2016 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD Jason Aldean’s We Were Here Tour pulled into town. Between the amphitheater and the lawn, Merriweather holds roughly 20,000 people and this show was a sell out.
RCA Nashville’s Dee Jay Silver is one of the first DJs to sign a record deal with a major Nashville label and he most certainly brings a lot of hype to these live shows. Silver was also part of Aldean’s previous tour and has continued to entertain the fans before the show and between sets. Fans seemed to enjoy what Silver had to offer just as much as the performers themselves. It was a very enjoyable touch to the entire experience.
The first opening act came to impress. Republic Nashville’s A Thousand Horses commanded the stage with poise. Although their set was brief, the amount of talent was massive. Their style is very authentic and they are just brilliantly put together. They performed songs such as “Trailer Trashed” and their very first No. 1 “Smoke.” Their blend of country, rock and blues is so distinctive and impressive. When you have the vocal skills of lead singer Michael Hobby, mixed with the musical talent of the rest of the band, it really does make for one exciting performance.
Thomas Rhett took the stage next. Opening with “Anthem” was a very clever move and started the performance off strong as he moved right into “South Side,” which is definitely a fan-favorite upbeat party song. Rhett has a lot of spunk and charisma. He knows how to perform and enjoys doing so. Included in his set, of course, was his popular singles such as “It Goes Like This” and “Get Me Some Of That.” Rhett also delivered some powerful vocals during “Beer With Jesus” and his chart-topping “Die A Happy Man.” Rhett wrapped his set up with “Crash and Burn” and overall did a fine job entertaining the crowd, showing bursts of energy, technique and fun to the stage. He did not disappoint.
Broken Bow Records recording artist Jason Aldean came out in full force opening with “Just Getting Started,” which made perfect sense and set the mood for the rest of the night. Aldean’s set consisted of all the songs you would expect from the Georgia native. The performance was jam-packed with hits such as “When She Says Baby” as well as “Tattoos On This Town.” Aldean also showcased his vocal ability during his acoustic mash up of his older hits “Why” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” A performance with opener Rhett ended up being a nice bonus as the two artists sang “1994” together. Aldean ended his set with a few older songs that were very important to his career — “My Kind Of Party” and his first top 10 hit “Hick Town” — which ended the night with a bang. Aldean is a solid performer with a great deal of energy and dexterity. He has most certainly lived up to his Entertainer of The Year label. When Jason Aldean takes the stage, you’re sure going to know he was there.
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