Chris Stapleton Amazes a Packed Xcel Energy Center

October 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

For the second of two shows this weekend at Xcel Energy Center, Saturday, October 7th, 2017 brought Chris Stapleton's "All-American Road Show" tour to town.  I'd seen Chris Stapleton at Country on the River earlier this year and knew that it would be a great night of music for those attending.  I was photographing this show for Country 103.5 (KYSM).

The first act, Brent Cobb, went on close to 7:00 and even though there wasn't a lot of people in their seats yet, you could hear the music throughout the venue as he played a great set.  Even though photographers only get three songs and then have to wait outside of the main hall, I still was able to listen to Brent's songs during the rest of his set and thought they sounded really good!  Brent Cobb ended his set with a tribute to Tom Petty.

After the quick stage set change, Margo Price took the stage.  It was a quick three songs, but what I was able to watch was pretty cool.  The band was more low key, but maybe more because there wasn't a lot of stage area to move around on.  Margo did walk around as much as was allowed during the breaks in her singing.  After we were done photographing her, I did hear another tribute to Tom Petty during her set.  It seemed the crowd enjoyed Margo Price's performance and she was a great choice for this tour.

The switch on stage took a little more time as the crew set up for Chris Stapleton.  The place was packed now including the upper levels and everyone was ready to see Chris do his thing.  I made my way through the front row taking photos of the fans as I only made it about halfway through before Margo took the stage.

Once the vacuuming was done and the black sheets covering the stage equipment was removed, the lights went down and the crowd went wild.  The intro song played and the crowd upped the cheering when they saw Chris' shadow walk on stage.  The light went up and Chris delivered the powerful performance that I remembered.  This time, there was only three members on stage and the lights were set up on a type of dome rigging.  It created a pretty cool lighting affect during the songs I was able to see, and I imagine it got even better as the show went on.  His third song was dedicated to the victims of the Vegas shooting and as we were leaving the main hall, he also did his tribute to Tom Petty after a short story about when he did some work with Tom.  It was cool to be able to see Chris Stapleton again and I'm sure everyone enjoyed the rest of his set.

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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