Dustin Lynch's 'Ride Or Die' Tour Delights a SOLD OUT Verizon Center Grand Hall in Mankato

November 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

You read that title correctly!  Dustin Lynch and 'The Ride Or Die' tour came to Mankato and played to a SOLD OUT crowd at the Verizon Center Grand Hall in Mankato, MN on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.  I knew downtown was going to be crazy with a MSU hockey game going on at the same time, so I arrived at around 6:00 pm.  Even then, I ended up on the top level of the parking ramp and there was still an hour to go before showtime!  I half expected most of the people to head to the arena, but many of them were going toward the Grand Hall for the show.  The lobby was packed with people already and the main floor filled up very quickly.  This was a standing only floor show, but by the time the first act went on, the place was already full out to the sound booth.

Mitchell Tenpenny went on a few minutes early and even though I only saw the first three songs, I could tell the crowd was glad to see him on this tour stop.  They would sing along and cheer for every song and even after I had left the main floor, I could hear the crowd having a great time during his set.  Since I'm not much of a country person, I didn't know much about the artist, but the crowd certainly knew Mitchell Tenpenny and it was evident they loved his live set.

Next up was Lanco.  They got even bigger cheers from the crowd when they took the stage.  Again, I didn't know much about the artist, but the crowd certainly did.  They were having fun singing along and each song was meet with screams as the band started playing.  Between the drummer standing up while playing and engaging the crowd, the piano player that did anything other than standing by the piano, and the singer heading out on occasion to reach out to the crowd, Lanco put on a live show that made it easy to understand why everyone was so excited to see them.

By the time I went back into the main floor, the stage had transformed for Dustin Lynch's set.  There was now a multi-tiered platform with stairs going up on each side.  The drummer was also set in the middle of the structure so he was elevated above the rest of the band and above that was a platform that two of the guitarist climbed up to within the first three songs.  Mixed in with this structure was a ton of light and even more were hanging all over above the stage.  The lights went down and Beastie Boys "Fight For Your Right" came on as the stage lights at the back lit up the crowd singing along.  Once they saw Dustin come out the place exploded into screams of excitement.  From the start of the show to the end of my three songs, it was a fast paced and energetic show and I can't imagine he stopped that during his set.  Even from the small time I was able to watch, it became quickly clear why Dustin Lynch was a sold out show.

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


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