Thursday night at the Southern California Fair could not have been a more perfect evening for a country concert. With the sun setting behind the hills of Perris, it left the stage for James Otto and Chase Bryant a beautiful backdrop. And to top it off the concert was free with fair admission…the BEST concert I’ve seen for whopping $8.00.
Opening up the evening, James Otto started the night with what he called his “theme song for Viagra”, “Since You Brought It Up.” He followed with Travis Tritt’s, “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” and Bob Seeger’s 1974, “Night Moves.” He had fantastic crowd interaction and got everyone participating, which hasn’t been easy for other openers.
Otto proceeded with and emotional rendition of “Seen It In Color” which he wrote with Jamey Johnson. Having just lost his grandfather a couple weeks ago, this song holds even more meaning for him now. He proceeded with “I Ain’t In No Hurry”, which he wrote for the Zac Brown Band, Just Got Started Loving You, and his newest single, “Somewhere Tonight,” which is promising to be a #1 hit for him.
Next up, Chase Bryant, who was celebrating the eve of his 23rd birthday, started off the party telling the crowd to drink up for a cheers to his birthday! Half of his band was from California and they put on an excellent show for the IE. Bryant had everyone on their feet dancing and singing along to “Summertime,” “Change Your Name,” “Take It On Back” and his newest and probably best known single, “Little Bit Of You.”
Also covering a few popular hits throughout different genres, his rendition of Steve Miller Band’s “Space Cowboy” brought the evening to an absolute high. The kid knows how to put on an amazing show and jam on his guitar…I’d dare say he could be the next Keith Urban!
Bryant closed the evening, walked off the stage as the crowd went wild. Thinking he was done after his hour and a half set, he still came back for one more encore with “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” by the Georgia Satellites. The crowd was instantly dancing and singing along one more time as VIP fans were patiently waiting for him to come back so they could meet him.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Chase Bryant in concert, I highly recommend it. You will NOT be disappointed.
To see if he is coming to a city near you, visit his website for the full tour schedule.