Lady Antebellum-You Look Good World Tour Review
CenturyLink Center Omaha, NE 8/4/17
Review provided by: Hollie Budka
As the massive crowd piled into the CenturyLink Center this past Friday night, my sister and I (who got there early to people watch) were glad to have found our seats early. The Friday night country show, hosted by KAT 103.7, was shaping up to be a spectacle of glamour and glitz like modern country shows have become. The show had attracted a very diverse crowd, with age groups ranging from 7 through 70 and most everyone dressed to impress. Lots of Wranglers, dresses, cowboy boots and (surprisingly) not a lot of cowboy hats. Also, as is typical of country boys there were a lot of gentlemen. My sister and I didn’t have to open a door all night. While definitely gentlemanly, they were also loud, as the crowd brought the cheers long and raucous most all of the night.
Brett Young opened the show with a quick 30 minute set. While the set was short, he sure did entertain. At one point, he took a fan’s phone from the front and snapped a selfie of himself. Throughout the performance, he did his best to connect with the large crowd by reaching out and shaking as many hands as possible. He had great energy and really got the crowd ready for the rest of the night.
Up next was Kelsea Ballerini. She took the stage in a very cute little black and sparkly romper. Kelsea is newly engaged to Australian country singer Morgan Evans and gave the crowd a pun filled story of the engagement (it happened while she was burning pancakes). Discovered and signed in 2012, at age 19, Kelsea has since released one EP and one full length album. Her second full length to be release in early November of this year. She played a varied collection of her hits (Stilettos, XO) and treated the crowd to a few singles (Legends, I Hate Love Songs) off her upcoming album. She is definitely a talented performer as she sang, played guitar and danced across the large stage.
The loudest cheers of the night now started up as Lady Antebellum took to the stage. After taking a hiatus for a couple years to focus on some solo work and family time, the band is back with a nationwide tour and a new upcoming album. Their newest album, Heart Break, their first since 2014 was released in early June and they have been touring on it for over 2 months already. The new album has more of a focus on experimentation, as the band played with some different guitar tones and drum sounds this time around. Formed by Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood in 2007 after meeting Hillary Scott in Nashville, the band has released 7 albums and has pulled together 5 headlining nationwide (and worldwide) tours. New on this tour is a horn section and that really shined for me. The horns are featured on the first single from the new album “Heart Break” and the sexy and soulful “You Look Good”. They also featured the horns on a few of their hits from past albums. I feel like their music resonates well, as they tell stories of their lives. Stories of what they have been through and their everyday life. For them, that seems to be the core of country music. The band seemed to really connect with each and every person in the audience and definitely with me.