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[Live Review] Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, The Cadillac Three in Des Moines, IA (@jakeowen @thecadillac3 @EliYoungBand)

by / Friday, 22 August 2014 / Published in EVENTS and TOURS, REBEL NEWS, REVIEW

Jake Owen Live Review with
Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair
August 14th, 2014

Country star Jake Owen brought his first headlining tour to the Grandstands at Iowa State Fair on Thursday, making an average fair night in Des Moines feel like a “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

Owen, a 32-year-old singer/songwriter from Vero Beach, FL, has been working his way up the ranks since the release of his debut album, “Startin’ with Me,” in 2006. He has previously toured with Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean.

But with the “Days of Gold Tour 2014” on August 14th, it was all about Owen, and the large crowd loved it from the moment he set off a minor frenzy by beginning his opening number from the stage. Thousands of his fans, cellphones all ready, rushed to their feet as Owen belted out the title song of his fourth album (and namesake of the tour) and made his way to the stage, set up like a tiki bar.

“It’s Thursday night at the State Fair. Are you ready to give me all you got?” he yelled over the screaming and applause, and he kept the party going with “Anywhere with You.” He elicited even more screams by changing the lyrics to, “Have you ever been to Des Moines, Iowa?”

Owen worked the crowd well on his first single “Yee Haw” and brought the tempo down nicely with “Alone with You” and “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You.”

The crowd heartily sang along and chugged together as Owen passed around a few Budweisers during “Pass a Beer,” calling it his favorite part of the show. Ending with a few bars of songs he used to play in clubs – “Friends in Low Places,” “Chattahoochee,” and “Ice Ice Baby”

Eli Young Band came on next, the country act opened the show Thursday at the Iowa State Fair with pleasant-enough tunes like “Revelations,” “10,000 Towns,” and “Skeletons,” but the party really started when they played the seventh song in their set, “Drunk Last Night.” it got the packed crowd out of their seats, on their feet, and dancing along.
From there, the Eli Young Band was able to maintain its momentum, as they finished a solid 11-song, 60-minute show with great energy. Lead singer Mike Eli, dressed in blue jeans and a black shirt, seemed appreciative of the large crowd on hand. The reserved seats were full and the free grandstand was packed, on a picture-perfect July evening for an outdoor concert. Eli was in strong voice, and his Texas drawl wasn’t too thick or too twangy.

Of course, they saved their No. 1 hit from 2011, “Crazy Girl,” for last, with the crowd singing along to every word.

The show began with a five-song, 20-minute set by The Cadillac Three (formerly known as The Cadillac Black), a trio from Nashville that sounded more Southern rock than country. Led by singer/guitarist Jaren Johnston, who co-wrote five songs on Owen’s latest album (including the title track with drummer Neil Mason as it first appeared on the group’s debut), highlights included “I’m Southern,” “Back It Up,” and the band’s first single, “The South.”

Jesse Lambert
Arch Angel Studios

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