The Big E – Comcast Arena
West Springfield, MA
September 25, 2011
I had the pleasure of attending the Jake Owen concert at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts on September 25, 2011. The Big E is one of the East Coast’s biggest Fairs, boasting rides, music, food, drinks, shopping and more. It has also recently created the Comcast Arena Stage which seats approximately 6,000 people and has hosted some of the biggest names in the music business today.
My wife and I arrived and were lucky enough to have meet and greet passes with Jake. We waited outside of his bus until he came out to greet the pass-holders. Jake’s biggest song is “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” which is not only his first #1 single, but it is the current #1 song on both the Country Billboard and Mediabase Charts. When he came out of the bus, he was wearing blue jeans and was barefoot. In fact, during his entire performance, he was also barefoot. I thought this was pretty cool that the artist actually lives the words of his biggest song in real life.
Jake was very humble and very personable. We spoke for a few minutes and even joked about New Jersey (since that is where my wife and I are originally from). He asked what Exit we were from and my wife said “far from the Jersey Shore, do not worry”. He was by far one of the most sincere and down to earth music stars that I have ever met.
Eric Paslay was the opening act and he sang about five songs. He stood on stage by himself with an acoustic guitar and sang songs off of his upcoming album. He is a skilled song writer, who actually wrote “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” for Jake and has some real potential to continue his songwriting career in Nashville. Jake came on stage full of smiles and broke right into “Anywhere With You” from his new album.
I had never seen Jake live before so I did not know what to expect. I must say I was blown away from start to finish. He had such a real and natural interaction with the fans in the crowd. He was constantly commenting on people in the crowd, brought up a little kid on stage, took hats from the crowd and put them on his head, took beads from a fan and wore them, and, at one point, actually jumped off the stage and came into the crowd. Halfway through his set, during the acoustic portion, he sang a full “freestyle” song simply commenting on things he saw around the arena. It was humorous and extremely interactive. I really was impressed.
He was at his best on his biggest hits like “Starting With Me”, “Something About A Woman”, “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and of course, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” in which he brought out Eric Paslay to help he sing the song. All of his vocals were spot on and very strong. His energy was high level during the entire show as he used every foot of the stage from left to right.
Two songs were sung with deep emotion and passion by Jake. The first was “The One That Got Away”. He really put a lot into this song and really rocked out. He even threw a snippet of Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl” into the last verse of the song. The other was his acoustic version of “The Journey Of Your Life”, an emotional song about his last few moments with his grandfather and the life lessons he learned from him. It brought tears to the eyes of the almost sold out crowd.
He ended the night with an encore consisting of “8 Second Ride” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That Smell”. During the song “8 Second Ride” he brought up a young boy who appeared to be about five years old named Carson. Carson stole the show as he showcased dance skills that had everyone clapping and admiring how cute he was. Jake was having a ball with Carson, slapping him high five, getting on his knees next to him and even letting Carson hold his guitar.
Jake really showcased his love for the fans and his love for his music. He is a very talented, extremely energetic and refreshingly humble guy. I really recommend all my readers to check him out in concert and pick up his new CD, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”.
1) Anywhere With You
2) Yee Haw
3) Wide Awake
4) Keepin It Country
5) Tell me why
6) Starting With Me
7) Something About A Woman
8) The One That Got Away (Remix with a snipet of “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield)
9) Bad In Me (Remix with a snipet of “Just A Friend” by Biz Markie and a snipet of “Love Is What I Got” by Sublime)
10) Acoustic Freestyle Song
11) Journey Of Your Life
13) Barefoot Blue Jean Night (with special guest Eric Paslay)
14) Apple Pie Moonshine
15) Alone With You
16) Don’t Think I Can’t Love You
17) 8 Second Ride
18 ) That Smell (Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover)
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY (REMIX WITH JESSE’S GIRL) – JAKE OWEN:
BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT – JAKE OWEN with ERIC PASLAY:
8 SECOND RIDE – JAKE OWEN w Carson as his dancing guest: