If you read my post about going to the Selfridge Air Show, you may be wondering what other activities we had planned that caused us to leave the air show so early. Brennen had a friend’s birthday party to attend and a sleepover at another friend’s house. The hubby and I had tickets to the Goin’ Coastal concert featuring Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington & Uncle Kracker at Ford Field in Detroit. We are huge country music fans!
Thanks to a friend who took Brennen to the birthday party and then later dropped him off for the sleepover, the hubby and I were able to go 99.5 WYCD’s Beach Bash just outside of Ford Field. Here is what it looked like when we got downtown.
You better believe that there are TONS of country music fans in Detroit! The hubby even decided that he wanted to look the part and bought his first cowboy hat!
We also checked out an up and coming country band from Detroit (Yep, I said Detroit!) called AnnaBelle Road, who was playing on the 99.5 WYCD Beach Bash stage. The hubby and I both LOVED them. The band had great stage presence and chemistry. The lead singer had an amazing voice and the fiddler player was unbelievable. Annabelle Road sang a few of their own songs, like ‘What Goodbye Looks Like’ and popular songs by other artists, like ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. The band also led a giant line dance to prove to the world that Detroit loves country music just as much as any other place. The hubby and I were happy participants. We have yet to see the video on You Tube so, I don’t think we are going to be stars anytime soon. Bummer! The hubby and I are hooked on Annabelle Road and plan on following them as they grow (we are hoping to catch them at Arts, Beats & Eats) and I guarantee they will be well-known in country music land in no time!
Once we entered Ford Field for the concert I was taken aback by how beautiful the stadium was. I was almost ashamed to call myself a Detroiter since I had not stepped foot into Ford Field till this past weekend. It was very modern and clean. Even more shocking was the high level of service that we received from every employee that we encountered. They were all very friendly, polite and helpful. The beer vendor in our section was especially memorable! He was dancing and singing along with the crowd. You could tell that he loved his job! Kudos to the entire Ford Field staff and especially to those responsible for the training of the employees! Job well done!
As far as the concert goes, I really could go on and on about how fabulous it was. Afterall, I have rated it the 2nd best concert I have ever been too (Sorry, Kenny, nobody will ever top Garth Brooks) and at 6 hours long it was the longest concert I have ever been to. However, I will try to keep my recap concise and just go over the highlights of the show. Uncle Kracker was the first to come on stage and he wowed the crowd with many of his favorites. He also played Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’, one of my favorite songs that reminds me about summertime in northern Michigan. And no, Kid Rock did not join him on stage. Next up was Billy Currington. I was surprised that I knew so many of his songs as he was the artist that I felt like I was the least familiar with. My hubby’s favorite song of his is, ‘I’m pretty good at drinking beer,’ of course!. He also played Hank Williams Jr’s song ‘Family Tradition’ which got the crowd pretty fired up. The next act to come on stage is one of my favorite country bands, the Zac Brown Band! They played many of their own songs, including my favorite, ‘Chicken Fried.’ They also sang ‘America the Beautiful’ and then got everyone in Ford Field stomping their feet to the ’The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ by The Charlie Daniels Band. I honestly didn’t think I could like the Zac Brown Band anymore than I already did, but I was wrong. The lead singer addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for spending their hard-earned money on tickets to the concert. The message of thanks resonated with every person in that stadium whether they were a Detroiter or not, but I felt it was an important thing to say to a city with such a bad economy. I am sure you can imagine who came on stage after Zac Brown Band. . . . Kenny Chesney!!! What’s not to love about him?!?! He is a great performer, a wonderful singer and genuine good guy. He surprised the crowd by soaring onto stage via a zipline type apparatus from the other side of the stadium, high above the crowd. He sang all of my favorite songs, including his new hit that I can’t get enough of, ‘You and Tequila.’ He had a great rapport with the crowd as he encouraged everyone to sing along and told lots of stories in between most of his songs. The message that stuck with me the most came before he sang ‘The Boys of Fall.’ He stressed the importance of kids being involved in sports or other extra-curricular activities to keep them on the straight and narrow. I could not agree more. At the end of playing ‘The Boys of Fall,’ Desmond Howard came on stage and the crowd went nuts. I had no idea who Desmond Howard was or why everyone went crazy for him. After being educate by the hubby, I learned that Desmond Howard played football at the University of Michigan and won the Heisman Trophy in 1991. It was a fitting way to end the song and Kenny scores extra points with me for selecting a Michigan athlete to come on stage! Although the concert was the longest one I had ever been to, it flew by! Like most concerts, this one also had an encore. However, unlike most concerts, the encore lasted for another 45 minutes – 1 hour. I feel bad for the poor saps who left when they “thought” the concert was over. Here’s a tip, never leave at what you think is the end of a concert, there is almost always an encore. During the encore Kenny sang various songs with each opening act individually and at the very end of the concert they all came on stage together. There are no words to describe how I felt at the end of the night! It was an awesome concert!
Who wears the hat better? You be the judge . . .;)
There are tons of other things I could discuss here, like the older ladies near our section who were wearing red cowgirl hats who seemed to have an unending line of young guys giving them attention or the artist by the name of Sonia Leigh who joined Zac Brown Band on stage to sing one of her songs with a beautiful voice that was marred by her bieber like haircut that I just couldn’t get past. Or the fact that I still can’t shake a habit from my younger years of stopping at Taco Bell after a night of adult beverages. But some things will just have to be left unsaid . . .
Have you been to Goin’ Coastal? If so, how was your experience? If you are not a country music fan, what is your most favorite concert that you have ever attended?