Country fans flocked to Utica Aud

 

justin-moore-maddie-tae-william-michael-morgan-captured-momentz-photography-the-fuze-magazine-32The Utica Memorial Auditorium recently hosted a night of country with power house greats like Justin Moore and William Michael Morgan and the sassy duo of Maddie & Tae. Fans of all ages packed the Utica NY Auditorium – a venue known for hockey games but have been bringing in some concerts as of late. The show might not have been sold out but what matters is those that did attend had an awesome time with incredible music.

Some people may say that country music isn’t the same anymore with their sometimes upbeat, pop feel to it but William Michael Morgan seems to be on track to carry on the legacy of what country music used to be. He has a similar style comparing him to George Jones. Morgan sported the old classic cowboy hat and blue jean jacket. He really gives off that country feel and his voice is just a plus. Morgan is headed for the big leagues and by that we mean headlining his own tours – with his top radio played song “I met A Girl” and his newly released album Vinyl.

Set list: Everything and Then Some, Let it Burn, It’s a Little Too Late, Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? You Look Good in My Truck, Medley – Whiskey Bent, Friends in Low Places, Cheap Cologne, People Like Me Beer Drinker, Back Seat Driver, Ramblin’ FeverA-11

 

Maddie & Tae opened for Justin Moore with all sorts of energy and had no lack of entertainment when the duo took the stage. Maddie & Tae proved to be talented beyond one’s imagination. Maddie is on lead vocals with backup from Tae, and both played acoustic guitar throughout much of the set. Maddie and her beautiful voice overpowered Tae’s most of the time, the pair’s harmonies were meant to be together similar to the old saying like “bread & butter.” They made a point to thank the audience for its support waving at the excited young fans. Maddie told a story about how when she was younger she was bullied and was told she would never make it in music; Maddie and Tae have proved that bully wrong. Not only do the two of them sing songs they also write their own music. They wanted to spread the message to their fans that, “You are good enough to do absolutely anything you want and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

Set list: Shut Up And Fish, No Place Like You, Right Here Right Now, Waiting On A Plane, Fly, Landslide/ Downside Of Growing Up, We’re Gonna Get There, Your Side Of Town/band intros, Sierra, Girl In A Country Song

 

With Justin Moore headlining the stage, there was quite the party in the pit area with standing room only. The crowd instantly reacted to Moore when he and his band came out to greet their fans. With the stage filled with plenty of lights, Moore and his band knew how to get the crowd dancing. Justin Moore is a true country artist and family man, while he thanked the crowd for coming out and said it was his last show of the year. Excited to be in NY, but even more excited it wasn’t below zero weather yet. He was going home to enjoy the holidays and a couple months off from being out on the road. Fans of a wide range of ages got to see one hell of a show; Moore wasn’t shy about giving those close to the stage a hand shake from the catwalk. He’s no stranger to NY as he’s also performed at Frogfest in recent years as well. He talked a bit about life and death and says life is short take nothing for granted. Moore also thanked all of our military, and said in fact anyone who does a service for the public. Went into singing his song “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away!”

Set list: Point at You, How I Got to Be This Way, Til My Last Day, Lettin’ the Night Roll, Bait a Hook, If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away, Somebody Else Will, You Look Like I Need a Drink, I Could Kick Your Ass, Rocky Mountain Way, Small Town U.S.A.

 

 

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