Luke Bryan, Lee Brice & Cole Swindell Electrify Mohegan Sun

Luke Bryan
Featuring Lee Brice & Cole Swindell
That’s My Kinda Night Tour
January 23, 2014
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut

It’s been a frigid 2014 thus far in Connecticut and one without a country music concert yet to come to town.  Luckily, Luke Bryan brought his That’s My Kinda Night Tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut this past week to help everyone forget about things for a night and just have a good old party.  And, along with Lee Brice and newcomer, Cole Swindell, they did exactly what they set out to do. 

Up first was Cole Swindell who fans are just getting accustomed to hearing on the radio with his top 5 hit, “Chillin’ It”.  I was lucky enough to meet Cole backstage and talk to him for a few minutes.  He was extremely humble and when I asked him what he thought about his recent and quick rise to popularity, his response was a simple “it’s been a wild ride”. 

I was eager to see Cole’s set and at exactly 7:30 pm, the loud speakers boomed with a hip-hop song and he and his band exploded onto the stage to the song “Hey Y’all”.  Throughout the entire set, Cole dominated the stage with the ease and comfort of a seasoned veteran, but with the swagger and energy of some of today’s top acts.  I was extremely impressed with how he used the entire stage and catwalk area as no portion of his set was boring whatsoever. 

He stuck to songs which brought about a party-like atmosphere, which none of the fans seemed to mind.  And although the Arena was only about 1/3 filled at the opening of his set, by the time he hit the halfway point it was almost packed.  He announced that “Hope You Get Lonely” would be his next song to hit country radio.  I expect it to be another huge hit for him as it is a mid-tempo and catchy song about, well for the lack of a better description: a booty call. 

 

Cole finished things out with his hit song “Chillin’ It” which became an instant sing-a-long for mostly every person in the Arena that night.  He thanked the crowd and really seemed humble about everything that is going right for him in his young career.  I look forward to watching this talented performer’s star growing in the years to come.

Next up was one of Nashville’s most talented musicians, Lee Brice.  I have enjoyed watching Lee’s career from the beginning as lately he has gained some real steam in the popularity category, thanks to his infectious sound and passionate performances.  That night was no different as he put forth a riveting set full of #1 hits and soon to be singles off a soon to be released album. 

If you have not seen Lee Brice live yet, you are really missing out.  He sings his lyrics with real energy, passion, and pride.  Moving songs such as the emotional “I Drive Your Truck” or the spiritual “Love Like Crazy” moved some fans standing around me in the pit to tears.  It is not often that live music has that result, but Lee has masterfully executed it each time I have seen him.  He performed his new single “I Don’t Dance” acoustically, which he stated will be released to country radio on January 28th, 2014 and he had written for his wife before their wedding.  I fully expect this deep and thoughtful song to reach the #1 spot as well. 

And for all of the deep and touching songs he performed, he balanced in a lot of fun and partying as well.  “Parking Lot Party”, “Beer” and “Nights We Won’t Forget” fit perfectly with the theme of his two counterpart artists that night.  Yet, his two love songs, “Hard To Love” and “Woman Like You” got the biggest response from the crowd that night.  Throughout his entire set, Lee showcased exactly what more artists should be striving to emulate, songs with a diverse set of themes, attentive lyrics, and performed with true emotion and showmanship. 

Up next was the reigning ACM Entertainer of the year, Luke Bryan.  Luke may be the most sought after artist in the country genre these days and he surely did not disappoint.  He transformed the lyrics of his smash hit song, “That’s My Kinda Night” into the opening of his set as he arose from the floor of the front of the catwalk on a big black pick-up truck with a gleaming ring of fire around it as he sang and danced on the bed.  The women screamed and the men pumped their fists as Luke sang the hick hop hit.  What followed was a set chock full of hit songs with craftily set props all over the stage. 

Luke did something that not many headliners take the time to do, he interacted on a personal level with many of the fans.  Whether it was taking a young girl on stage for an entire song, or laying down on the stage to take pictures with fans in the pit with their own camera phones, he spent a great deal of time making fans’ dreams come true without missing a single lyric or note.  During his spring break songs, a cooler arose onto the stage and he handed out beers to the crowd.  A pier even emerged from beneath the stage to go along with the lyrics of “Drink A Beer”.  Luke and his crew put real thought into the set and there was never a dull moment as I had to keep my head on a swivel just to see what would pop up or happen next. 

Luke never stopped moving either.  He used every inch of the stage as he sang, jumped, danced, and purred to the crowd.  Obviously playing into the female crowd, he would break down into dances that were very male-stripper-esqe.  Thankfully (at least, to me) he kept his clothes on at all times.  He did announce to the crowd that “Play It Again” would be his next single, yet when he performed it you would have thought it was already a radio hit as every fan in the crowd sang along.  He even performed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit rap song, “Can’t Hold Us” and really held his own on the rapid fire words throughout the party song.

He closed his set out with “The Only Way I Know” (which I thought for sure he would have brought Cole and Lee on stage with him, but did not) and “Country Girl Shake It For Me”.  Both songs got a passionate response from the crowd as they danced, sang, partied, and even twerked along with him.  I first saw Luke perform in a Longhorn Steakhouse for free almost seven years ago.  It has been amazing to see his star grow from an aspiring songwriter to a performance juggernaut.  If you are in the mood for concert with a high octane party-like atmosphere, the That’s My Kinda Night Tour will fulfill all your needs all winter, spring and summer long. 

SETLIST

LUKE BRYAN

  1. That’s My Kinda Night
  2. Rain Is a Good Thing
  3. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  4. All My Friends
  5. Country Main
  6. Someone Else Calling You Baby
  7. Chillin It Snippet (Cole Swindell Cover)
  8. Parking Lot Party Snippet (Lee Brice Cover)
  9. Do I
  10. Play It Again
  11. Muckalee Creek Water
  12. Drinkin’ Beer and Wasting Bullets
  13. Suntan City
  14. Here to Party
  15. Can’t Hold Us (Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis Cover)
  16. Crash My Party
  17. Drink A Beer
  18. Drunk On You
  19. I Don’t Want This Night To End
  20. Dynamite (Taio Cruz Cover)
  21. The Only Way I Know (Encore)
  22. Country Girl (Encore)

LEE BRICE

  1. That’s When You Know It’s Over
  2. Nights We Won’t Forget
  3. Hard To Love
  4. Beer
  5. Woman Like You
  6. I Don’t Dance
  7. Looking For a Good Man
  8. Love Like Crazy
  9. I Drive Your Truck
  10. Parking Lot Party
  11. Drinking Class

COLE SWINDELL

  1. Hey Y’all
  2. Brought To You By Beer
  3. Get Up
  4. Hope You Get Lonely
  5. Lemme See Ya Girl
  6. Chillin’ It