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A spectacular entrance is an understatement for what happened at the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday, March 30.

Opening act Tyler Hubbard had just finished wooing the crowd with his string of rootsy country hits – “5 Foot 9” had everyone out of their seats and kept us on our feet until the final note of his infectious “Dancin’ In The Country.” »

“No twerking, just jingling,” my friend smiled, referring to the girls behind us whose southern drawls sounded as loud as their excited belts.

Seriously, this rabble of fans was a pretty tame bunch.

There were handfuls of young upstarts spread across the booths, the expected depressed lovebirds and the older adults who remained sober enough to sing along without butchering a single lyric.

But it was Kane Brown’s theatrical entrance that caught our attention.

Now on his sixth tour — this one dubbed “In the Air” — the country crossover artist knows a thing or two about a grand opening.

The scene was reset within minutes. Sheer curtains drawn, clouds of smoke billowing from the ground, and silhouettes of the band members flashing in every corner.

A few snare drums and firecrackers later, the curtains finally fell and Brown descended from the sky wearing a casual black Canadian tuxedo, speckled with sparkling rhinestones, and a pair of white sneakers. Whether intentional or not, even his style seems to defy conventional cowboy attire.

All eyes were on him and everyone was probably wondering the same thing. What song would he open with?

“Bury Me in Georgia” was exactly the right choice for the Chattanooga native. The 30-year-old’s ode to his hometown is grittier and moodier than some of his poppier hits, laced with distorted vocals, aggressive guitar and haunting lyrics. It’s the perfect potion to appease his gathering of fans.

Despite his dying wishes, life in the South wasn’t all sweet tea and charming hospitality. Throughout his childhood, Brown faced racism and class struggles and his father was incarcerated when he was just three years old. As a result, he was raised by his single mother, spending nights in their car to avoid going out on the streets.

Music was (and still seems to be) his escape. Key ’90s country artists he grew up with, like Shania Twain and Tim McGraw, had a strong impact on Brown’s early sound, as evidenced by hits like “What If’s” and “Used to Love You Sober “.

Something about this fiery pre-millennium country gets the audience going, and it was just what we needed to get in the mood for “One Thing Right.” Brown’s trick mashup with Marshmello delivers the best of pop and EDM: spunky lyrics, punk guitar riffs, and a healthy dose of banjo for folk fans.

There was even a slight pause when he handed the microphone back to the audience. Everyone seemed to look at him like, but you sing it better, however. And he did that.

“I’m the kind of guy that girls’ moms don’t like / Running with the wrong crowd on the wrong nights / ‘Cause I’ve been wrong about a million times / But I’m right about one thing, you.”

One thing was certain: our boots were trampling. And they stomped even more as Brown showed off the other thing he did right: his pregnant wife, Katelyn, who bravely joined him on stage for the duet “Thank God.”

The two walked from opposite sides of the stage to meet in the center – their chemistry undeniable – harmonizing between beaming smiles and intertwined hands. Brown’s high baritone contrasts sharply with his wife’s airy high notes, but somehow the two sounds come together for a wonderfully tender ballad.

It was difficult to watch the couple break their embrace, but Brown didn’t stop for anything, rarely taking the time to catch his breath, much less taking a second to sip water or speak to the audience. He likes to keep everyone on their toes, moving from set to set with little interruption.

“Lose It” was an abrupt departure from more intimate love songs; accompanied by flashing red strobes, loud guitar jams and flames so close we could feel the heat from the stands. It was a sexier diversion for the artist, something that warranted some punches and headbutts from his guitarists.

Maybe that was their signal. Tyler Hubbard and Parmalee returned to support Brown’s popular small-town anthem, “Famous Friends.” He usually sings the fast anthem with Chris Young, but the duo stepped in really well to shout out “Because here it’s all about the people you know.”

Brown’s only break came after “Memory,” in which he welcomed two fans onstage for a surprise proposal. After taking a selfie, a few eye rolls, and several ladies in the crowd staring with eyes at their bare ring fingers, he took the mic again.

The energy took it down a notch when he dedicated “Homesick” to the veterans in the crowd, followed by a pilot of “Haunted,” a previously unreleased single that candidly addresses the artist’s struggles with depression – a subject on which he has been very open on social networks. .

He ended the night with the crowd’s obvious hits, “Heaven” and “Like I Love Country Music.” While some may call this an easy choice, I argue that it is pure genius – the ideal demonstration of his total evolution as a crossover artist.

Brown’s rejection of the traditional country music machine pushed the boundaries of the genre, introducing more experimental songs and casting a net over those lukewarm fans who may not be sold on Bluegrass or Americana.

Like him or not, the hitmaker has a rare ability to scratch the edges of so many styles – from ’90s county anthems to hard-hitting pop to smooth, sing-along R&B radio hits – feeding the crowd tasty bursts of each and serving them alongside an epic display. and uninterrupted performance.

For our money, “In The Air” is a tour not to be missed.

Kane Brown Tour Schedule 2024

A full schedule including all tour dates, locations and ticket links for the “In The Air” tour can be found below.

Kane Brown Tour Dates
April 4 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan
April 5 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, CA
April 6 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
April 11 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO
April 12 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois
April 13 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN
April 18 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
April 19 at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
April 20 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND
April 26 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas
April 27 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
April 28 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas
May 9 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR
May 10 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California
May 11 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California
May 17 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UT
May 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
May 19 at Boots In The Park in Tempe, Arizona
May 30 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL
May 31 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
June 1 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
June 7 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
June 8 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
June 20 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
July 3 at Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, OK
July 19 at the York Fair in York, Pennsylvania
July 20 at Fenway Park in Boston, MA
August 2 at the Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, AL
August 4 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida
August 15 at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA
August 16 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA
August 21 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, ID
August 24 at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, California
September 6 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado
September 14 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas

Summer Festival 2024

In mid-summer, Brown will participate in Milwaukee’s annual three-weekend Summerfest.

He will be joined by Mötley Crüe, Goo Goo Dolls, Tyler Childers, Keith Urban, Maroon 5 and many more.

To see who else is coming to Summerfest, check out this link.

Boots in the Park 2024

Ahead of Summerfest, the “One Mississippi” singer will headline Boots In The Park in Tempe, Arizona on May 19.

He will be joined by Lee Brice, Tyler Hubbard and Parmalee for the day-long festival.

Kane Brown set list

Here’s what Brown performed on March 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, courtesy of Set List FM:

01.) “Bury me in Georgia”

02.) “One Thing Right” (Marshmello and Kane Brown song)

03.) “What if”

04.) “Large”

05.) “I can feel it”

06.) “I Used to Love You Sober”

07.) “Violin in the Band”

08.) “A Mississippi”

09.) “Whiskey Sour”

10.) “Good like you”

11.) “Thank God” (with Katelyn Brown)

12.) “Lose It”

13.) “Famous Friends” (cover by Chris Young) (with Tyler Hubbard) (also with Parmalee)

14.) “Memory” (cover by Kane Brown and Blackbear)

15.) “Georgia (on My Mind)” (cover by Hoagy Carmichael and his orchestra)

16.) “Homesick”

17.) “Haunted” (Unreleased)

18.) “Heaven”

19.) “How I love country music”

Kane Brown opening act

Not entirely aware of all of Kane’s special guests?

You are in the right place.

Our team has rounded up the most streamed songs on Spotify for each of his many opening acts on the “In The Air Tour” below.

Tyler Hubbard: “5ft 9”

Jon Pardi: “Night watch”

Chris Young: “I’m coming”

Bailey Zimmerman: “The Rock and the Hard Place”

Cole Swindell: “She had me in charge of Caroline”

Parmalée: “Just the way”

Locash: “I love this life”

RaeLynn: “Love triangle”

Note: Artists listed above will join Brown on select dates.

Country stars touring in 2024

There’s never been a better time to be a country fan.

Many of the biggest names in the world are touring stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters across North America this summer, fall and winter.

Here are just five of our favorite icons that you won’t want to miss in the coming months.

• George Strait with Chris Stapleton

•Zach Bryan

•Morgan Wallen

• Luke Combs

•Tyler Childers

Who else is on tour? Check out our list of the 50 biggest concert tours in 2024 here to find out.

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