On August 20, 2016, I went to see Jason Aldean at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre for his Six String Circus tour. The Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year performed 21 songs for a sold out crowd. He played hits from “Night Train” to “My Kinda Party” as well as songs from his upcoming album “They Don’t Know”, out September 9th.
Aldean is not a big talker during his live concerts and he even stated that the night was really “all about the music.” We did not hear him speak until after he performed the first three songs. One thing that I really liked about his performance was a quote he shared with the audience. He said, “all of these people say there’s not a lot of country in L.A., but there’s not an empty seat in the house left…so what does that say?” I feel that L.A. does not get enough credit for how much we support country music. So many Southern California residents are always ready and willing to go watch a country musician performing in a city close to them. I really enjoyed Aldean’s new song, “Lights Come On”, because he is blends two music genres I am really into right now. His mix of rock and country will appear heavily on his latest album.
Aldean ended his show with two of his hit songs “Burnin’ It Down” and “Crazy Town”. He also showed his kindness by thanking all of his fans for coming out to watch his show.
Aldean also had two opening acts. The first act was A Thousand Horses, which includes Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar and vocals) and Graham Deloach (bass and vocals). There were some people in the crowd singing and dancing to their top hits like “Smoke” and “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial”; both of which have been played on the country radio for quite some time.
The next opening act was Thomas Rhett. When Rhett took the stage, the amphitheater was pretty much filled up. Known for his hit songs like “T-Shirt”, “Vacation” and “Die A Happy Man”, he could have been considered a co-headliner. He performed a full hour of drum solos, ballads and pop cover songs which had everyone in the crowd on their feet and singing along.