Canaan Smith heats up Kegs Canal Side
Kegs Canal Side is on fire when it comes to their musical performers. And, they heated things up even more so recently with a performance by Canaan Smith, Michael Tyler and Buffalo native Eric Van Houten. Even though it was a rainy and gloomy night it didn’t keep the fans from coming out to hear the smooth sounds from the guys. With their low ticket prices and relaxed atmosphere it makes Kegs the venue to rave about besides the entire great artists that comes through the door. Concert goers even got a chance to enjoy a mechanical bull as well.
One of Buffalos favorite sons, Eric Van Houten opened up the night for Michael Tyler and Canaan Smith. He recently moved Nashville to expand his music career. Eric with his band travels back to NY when needed and it gives his fans “a fix” because they sure do miss him. The fans are so connected with Eric that he even had the crowd doing a slide which is a body wave sliding to the left and then to the right. He isn’t shy about letting the crowd know to stand on their feet and do it too. And, all the fans followed along! It might have been a gloomy evening, but there was no lack of activity. Keep an eye out for Van Houten’s new CD that is coming out soon.
Set list: Freeway, Do You Wanna, Locked and Loaded, Get In My Arms, Helluva Good Time, Runaway Love, and Third Eye Blind Hows It Going To Be
Michael Tyler also out of Nashville is accompanying Canaan on his Sundown Ready Tour. The talented young man has already co-wrote a song that helped put Dierks Bentley on the map with “Somewhere On A Beach” He hasn’t stopped there and has worked with other country musicians writing more songs. His energy on stage was contagious and everyone was swaying to the beat. Several times he got down close to the fans to give them a hand slap or high five. He was so enjoyable that is performance seemed short even though it really wasn’t. I guess that saying “Time flies by when you’re having fun” is true!
Set list: Here’s To The Nights, Secret, Good At Being Young, Crazy Last Night, Love Myself, This Love, They can’t see, Interstate, Hey MaMa, I Don’t Wanna Be, Somewhere On A Beach
Canaan Smith was the headliner of the night and when he hit the stage, the crowd went wild and it was a welcome for the record books. During the previous stage acts you could see the band setup waiting to be used. Never would anyone have thought the stage would be lit up like a small city. There were lots of lights, lots of action, and let’s not forget the fog machines. Canaan told us a story of how he wrote his song “Bronco.” He was just a little boy who had an older brother. His brother was backing out of the driveway in his bronco and he ran over Canaan’s bike, he said they both smiled. What he didn’t know is it would be the last time he would see his brother. He never returned home – he was killed in a car wreck. He said “Find someone next to you and give them a hug, life is short take nothing for granted.” Canaan Smith is a humble guy that is easily connected with his fans. Like many others, he’s making his way to the top of the charts with ease. Mr. Smith even took the time to meet a line of fans who wanted photographs and autographs after the show.
Set list: Bottle, Sober, Night Back, One Of Those, Sweet Spot, Stuck, Iris, Like You That Way, Good Kinda Bad, Jealous, Mad Love, Pillow Talk, Bronco, Muscle, Virginia, Summer And A Six Pack/ Treat You Better, Love You Like That
If you weren’t a fan of any of these artists, most likely you were by the time the show was over. Kegs Canal Side is known for having big name concerts all throughout the year with the winter weather fast approaching they take the shows to their roomy inside stage. Country Radio Station B104.7 was in the house, they are a proud sponsor/supporter of local musicians and national acts that come to Kegs.
Roger Johnston / Captured Momentz Photography / The Fuze Magazine
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