Written By | Aidan Hicks
The cool fall breeze was taking over Downtown Denver Sunday afternoon. Despite that, thousands line up outside Ball Arena to enjoy the country music vibes of headliner Kane Brown. Coming off a wave of new singles and being the first black artist to win Video of the Year at 2021 ACM Awards, anticipation was high walking into the venue.
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As people warmed up from the outside, band Restless Road kicked off festivities with their chill but energizing energy. This version of the group forming in the last year while joining Brown’s label, 1021 Entertainment, they’ve come a long way from their X-Factor debut. I enjoyed hearing their new work and speaking on hopes of headlining their own arena show someday. They ended their set knowing this is the great beginning that can only goes up from here.
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From there, Jordan Davis kicked things to high gear as the second opener. The balance of his recent work and classic’s from his Home State days kept you tapping your foot all throughout. I was especially impressed with the stage presence Jordan and his band brought to the table. They wrapped up the perfect amount of anticipation as the packed arena was amped for what’s to come.
Before you can think about it, the arena goes completely dark. Tens of thousands of people stand in this darkness for three minutes in wonder and excitement for what’s to come. Suddenly, the screen flashes a bunch of visuals showing Brown and the text “BLESSED & FREE” scattered throughout. A spotlight hits the top of the screen to Kane Brown hanging mid-air of the arena for the sold-out crowd to watch in awe. Then “Lose It” comes roaring in to start off the next two hours of uplifting and energizing vibes.
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As the show hopped between his classic’s like One Mississippi & Homesick and surprise appearances from the openers, everyone there can easily say nothing was left on the table. My personal highlight was the intermissions between music of Brown opening up about his troubled upbringing. It gave a window you don’t see with artists, especially being bi-racial in the world of Country. As a fellow bi-racial, I related to his reflections and admire the lengths he faces to achieve the point he’s at within a few years.
After the rollercoaster of this last year, it was surreal but welcomed to see the variety of people come together again to enjoy music. You may never see again but never taking what we have for granted from how quick it can be taken away. I recommend checking out Kane Brown and motivate him and more to continue breaking those barriers.
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