Posted by: Amy | June 28, 2010

June 26 – Jason Aldean at The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL

On Friday afternoon Rachel and I made our way south to the Alabama coast to see a full Jason Aldean show for the first time in four months. That’s a long time for us to have not seen Jason! 🙂 On the way down, we stopped in Montgomery to pick up my friend Debbie. We met my friend Ashley and her mom at the house where we were staying for the weekend. One of my co-workers was kind enough to let us stay at his house, which is right on the lagoon in Gulf Shores. The view from the backyard is gorgeous. Once we got settled into the house on Friday night, we went out for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening at the house catching up and laughing. Saturday we went to the beach, which was surprisingly clean. Thankfully, the water appeared to be oil-free and the sand was still as white as sugar. It was easily over 95 degrees and with the heat index, it felt more like 110! In other words, it was insanely hot! I lasted for about two hours at the beach before I came back to the house and chilled out on the dock. It was much cooler on the lagoon side. After chilling out for a bit, we all got ready to head over to The Wharf to eat dinner and see the concert.

The Wharf is a neat amphitheatre in Orange Beach, AL. It is surrounded by various shops and restaurants, and it even has a Ferris wheel! After we ate dinner and walked around the shops, we made our way to the venue. Although the temperature was still hovering near 90 degrees at the start of the show, fans were out in full force and ready to have a good time. The McClymonts opened the show, but unfortunately, our dinner took longer than expected and we missed their set. The show’s middle act was Colt Ford. He has a huge fan base and that was evident as he rolled through his set. Fans were singing along to every word and having a great time. He played cuts from both of his albums and also a couple of covers. Lindsey Hager, Colt’s band’s female singer, sang a cover of the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” as she had at the Clemson, SC that I previously attended. By the end of Colt’s set, the crowd was pumped and ready for Jason to take the stage.

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Colt’s Set List

  • Mr. Goodtime
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia
  • Cold Beer
  • It’s All about Y’all
  • Ride Through the Country
  • Hey Y’all
  • Dirt Road Anthem
  • Low/Boom Boom Pow
  • Chicken and Biscuits
  • No Trash in my Trailer
  • Waffle House
  • Can’t You See

Because of the amphitheatre set up and less flexibility for accommodating custom staging, Jason’s stage did not include the usual catwalk. He also did not have the big sheet in front of the stage prior to his entrance and the video screens behind the stage were missing. The band started on the opening bars on “Crazy Town” and Jason casually walked out from stage left. The crowd went nuts!! Jason clearly came ready to party despite the ridiculous heat and humidity. He was going full force for the entire show and he played the same set list as he played for the Wide Open Tour shows, with the exception of omitting “On My Highway.” Prior to performing “Johnny Cash,” Jason invited everyone to the front and there was a mad rush to the stage. We opted to stay in our fifth row seats. It was too hot to be standing in the chaos and to be pushed around. Without the catwalk, we weren’t treated to the crazy diagonal jump that Jason did at the arena shows where he jumped from the stage to the catwalk during the interlude of “Hicktown.” When Jason came out for the encore and introduced “Big Green Tractor,” he didn’t mention “getting freaky on a big ass green tractor” as he had previously done. Instead, he said that the song included some of his favorite things: dogs, a woman and farm equipment. And with that, the band started playing his biggest hit to-date. During his performance of Kid Rock’s “Cowboy,” he initially had problems with the talk box and he was laughing as he tried to say “cowboy” and nothing happened. He finally got it to work and he delivered a great performance of the song. I’m still fascinated AND amused that he chose to cover that song, but he nails it! I guess rapping to “Cowboy” is good practice for his performance of the Brantley Gilbert/Colt Ford-penned “Dirt Road Anthem,” which he has recorded for his upcoming album. By the end of the night, Jason was soaked with sweat and I think everyone in the audience was, too! He took his hat off as he was thanking the fans and revealed a super short haircut. It was a highly entertaining evening and it’s easy to see that Jason is on the verge of superstardom! He announced during the show that he had broken the venue’s attendance record previously held by Kenny Chesney! According to a press release on Sunday, 9,281 tickets were sold! Congratulations to Jason on a hugely successful show! We’re already looking forward to our next Jason road trip!

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Jason’s Set List

  • Crazy Town
  • I Break Everything I Touch
  • Wide Open
  • Amarillo Sky
  • Why
  • The Truth
  • I Use What I Got
  • Asphalt Cowboy
  • Heaven
  • Cuts Like a Knife
  • Johnny Cash
  • Relentless
  • Laughed Until We Cried
  • She’s Country
  • Hicktown

Encore

  • Big Green Tractor
  • Cowboy (Kid Rock cover)

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See the whole album here.


Responses

  1. very nice well written review…nice details and great pics

  2. Great pics! Enjoyed your review. I can’t wait to see him in Cherokee!! I dread the general admission though.

  3. Just another shout out to the “Waffle House” song by Colt Ford. Love it.

  4. You take some awesome pictures!!!!! Love your reviews. What kind of camera do you have? I think I might have to get me one! Especially since mine got knocked out of my hand at a concert Saturday and is now broken and useless!

    • Thanks, Melissa! I have a Canon Powershot SX20 IS. It’s sort of a big camera, but it takes great pictures so I don’t mind lugging it around. 🙂


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