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Garth Brooks Sets a Fantastic Pace on Opening Night at Denny Sanford in Sioux Falls, SD

September 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Getting approved to photograph Garth Brooks was a pretty big deal to me.  It's not very often that I get to take photos of someone who has not only made so many hit albums, but also an artist that has made such an impact on so many people.  It's no wonder that he sold out 9 shows at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD starting on opening night on Friday, September 15th!  The parking was full to the point of people using street parking by the time I got there and the line was out the doors and into the hallway of the meeting rooms at the venue.  People were ready for this show.

There were two openers at this show, but the photographers were not able to photograph them.  They each had about a 4-5 song set, so that was probably the reason.  The openers were Mitch Rossell and Karyn Rochelle.  After they were done, we were led into the packed stadium.  The rotating 3-D "G" above the stage caught my eye right away and the crowd erupted when a timer appeared counting down the last minute until Garth took the stage.  I waited with the other photographers for the first half of the first song to hit and we were allowed to jump in and get our photos for about a minute.  While I did that Amy was watching and writing.  Below is her review of Garth's performance.

The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Denny Sanford Premier Center was the first time he’s been in South Dakota in 20 years. Garth rode in on a sphere cage and that pretty much set the pace for how interesting the rest of the show was. Garth fed off of the energetic crowd and gave it back two fold. He ran all around the stage eating up the excitement as he sang through hit after hit from the last several decades and the crowd loved every minute of it singing along loudly with each and every song.

Joined by his wife and fellow performer Trisha Yearwood midway through they performed a duet and she sang several of her hits that had the crowd participating in a kiss cam that drove the crowd wild before exiting with her own kiss with her husband as she left the stage for him to continue the performance. Garth had the crowd in a frenzy trying to be the loudest section as he pointed around the venue, and even entered the crowd during his encore in a touching moment to meet a 95 year old fan, Lois, who waited her entire life to meet him.

All in all Garth proved he still has what it takes to hit the stage and take a venue by storm. I saw him 20 plus years ago towards the beginning of his career and he hasn’t lost his touch.  He still manages to enthrall an audience, and I for one won’t ever miss an opportunity to see this talented performer and entertainer hit the stage again.

Here are the photos I took both during the 1 minute time frame and the cell phone photos I took once I was done and back at my seat to enjoy the rest of the show!


Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance


Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House (Dennis Robbins)

Beaches of Cheyenne

The River

Two Piña Coladas

Papa Loved Mama

Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)

That Summer

Ask Me How I Know

The Thunder Rolls

In Another's Eyes (with Trisha Yearwood)

Trisha Yearwood set

XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)

How Do I Live (LeAnn Rimes cover)


She's in Love With the Boy

Back to Garth Brooks

Shameless (Billy Joel)

Callin' Baton Rouge (Oak Ridge Boys)

Friends in Low Places

The Dance

Encore, Most of Which Depended on the Signs the Crowd Held Up 

Carolina In My Mind (James Taylor)

You Move Me (Susan Ashton)

We Shall Be Free

Learning to Live Again

Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)

To Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)

Standing Outside the Fire


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


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