One of the great things about living in Hampton Roads is that we get some outstanding live music year after year. Now I'll admit that some singers and bands are a little better at the live performance thing than others. But none is better than Keith Urban. Yep, the Keith Urban July show in Hampton was the best concert I've ever seen, and I've seen some pretty good ones. Steely Dan, Sting, Elton John, Eagles, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, were all top notch, but Mr. Urban is one of the few people on the planet who can put all the pieces together for a great SHOW. And that's what it's all about, putting on a show. I won't go through the litany of examples of why his show is now at the top of my list, but it does lead me to an important point overall about country music: it's the best live music that's out there ... period. What's "good" and what isn't, all comes down to what your ear drums find appealing, but I think it can be said that the musicianship in country music far exceeds some other musical genres. Why? Because so many of these performers spend years slogging through clubs and bars across the U.S. perfecting their act, and working on their talent level. They don't have the benefit of 30 scantily clad dancers behind them, gyrating along to the electric drum machine through the smoke and pyrotechnics. It's often just the singer/songwriter and a guitar. They make it look easy, but I can tell you, it's not.
So even though times are tight for a lot of folks, and going to shows isn't a cheap night out, when you can, try to catch some live country music. It'll remind you why you're a country fan, and why it's the best music out there.
|Thursday||5/20/17||TBA||Chris Stapleton||Berglund Center|
|Thursday||5/4/17||8:00PM||US106.1 Presents Michael Ray||Waterside District|
|Thursday||5/11/17||7:00PM||Chris Stapleton with Brothers Osborne and Lucie Silvas||Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach|
|Saturday||5/13/17||8:00PM||US106.1 Presents Chase Rice||Waterside District|
|Friday||6/2/17||TBA||Old Dominion||Patriotic Festival Virginia Beach Oceanfront|
|Saturday||6/3/17||TBA||Darius Rucker||Patriotic Festival Virginia Beach Oceanfront|
|Sunday||6/4/17||TBA||Jake Owen||Patriotic Festival Virginia Beach Oceanfront|
|Saturday||6/17/17||7:30PM||Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young||Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach|
|Saturday||7/15/17||7:00PM||Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi||Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach|
|Monday||9/22/17||7:00PM||Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs||Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheater at Virginia Beach|
|Sunday||10/8/17||TBA||Zac Brown Band||Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach|