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The Ritz, Raleigh! Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane

I can go ahead and admit that I do not enjoy contemporary pop-country, right? I adore folk, and I really enjoy Dolly Parton and Lady Antebellum, but compared to the modern vibe of pop-country, they’re folk, or folk fusion. Pop-country the likes of Dustin Lynch, Florida-Georgia Line and Blake Shelton manage to fuse pop appeal with the twangy synth that we’ve all become used to on the radio. I was hoping, at this recent show at The Ritz Raleigh, to see a different side to the pop-country scene. What I saw was… certainly different.

There’s something very different from live music to recorded, no matter the genre. Sometimes it has to do with quality, sometimes you learn that a performer is better or worse live. Other times, the most glaring difference, is left glaring right back at you: the fans.

Never have I been in a crowd which was as drunk and horny as they were mad and fanatic. I’ve been going to concerts since I was 12, all of which varied from pop, to folk; metal to indie; tiny to huge. This crowd was, by far, the most grating. From guests vomiting to machismo fist-fights lasting a couple songs (moved quickly outside by the venue), this crowd was two seconds away from either fornicating or fighting or stealing someone’s truck (dog in tow).

At one point, when moving through the crowd near the front to retrieve an under-aged audience member, I was stiff-armed by nearly half a dozen women who must have filled their shiny cowboy boots with lead, because they were unmovable as I tried to travel parallel to the stage.

I can understand the fans who fawned over the performers, they sure did have some pretty teeth and looked good in those tight shirts, but let’s just say that’s where the live substance stopped. Chris Lane rounded off a set of songs I won’t remember by tossing out a sing-along medley of mainly hip-hop songs. (I never understand this choice, the mixture of ‘good-ol’ white boys and the presumable irony of singing hip-hop songs. I would compare this to someone who really loves Panda Express buying a Wal-Mart ‘kimono’ to hang on their wall.) Cultural appropriation aside, there was just an uninhibited vibe all around.

On more than four occasions, my partner in crime and I witnessed dry-humping, heavy-petting and possibly wet-petting on the patio (right next to the woman puking). I know how alcohol works, don’t get me wrong, but it takes more than fifteen-dollars worth of booze to get me going in public.

This crowd, something between blue collar and no collar, sure knew how to party in their own way. Dustin Lynch came on and the energy didn’t die down the least bit for his 60+ minute set. Even during the pseudo-encore, there were fights and cops and spilt Bud Light. The Ritz took this rowdy crowd in stride, as they would with any crowd of concert-going newbies. I say this because, upon leaving, I overheard a few women saying “That was the best concert I’ve been to,” which could only mean that they’re comparing it to their first concert: A field trip to Britney Spears’ Britney tour.

Tour Dates:

Date Venue Location Tickets
Dec 17 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH Tickets RSVP Share
Dec 18 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI Tickets RSVP Share
Dec 19 Streeters Center Traverse City, MI Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 07 Joe’s on Weed Street Chicago, IL Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 08 Joe’s on Weed Street Chicago, IL Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 16 Mercury Ballroom Louisville, KY Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 17 House Of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 22 Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Iztapalapa, Mexico RSVP Share
Jan 28 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 29 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 30 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 31 House of Blues Anaheim Anaheim, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 04 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 05 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 06 House of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 11 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 12 Theatre Of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 13 The Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 14 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 18 Ford Center Evansville, IN Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 19 Peoria Civic Center Peoria, IL Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 20 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 21 Myth Maplewood, MN Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 25 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 26 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT RSVP Share
Feb 27 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT RSVP Share
Mar 08 Pan American Center Las Cruces, NM Tickets RSVP Share
Mar 11 Verizon Arena North Little Rock, AR Tickets RSVP Share
Mar 12 CenturyLink Center Bossier City, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 07 Charleston Civic Center Coliseum Charleston, WV Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 08 Royal Farms Arena Baltimore, MD Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 09 Carrier Dome Syracuse, NY Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 14 The Huntington Center Toledo, OH Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 15 Bryce Jordan Center University Park, PA Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 16 JOHN PAUL JONES ARENA Charlottesville, VA Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 20 Adams Event Center Missoula, MT Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 21 MT Adams Center Missoula, MT Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 22 Brick Breeden Fieldhouse Bozeman, MT Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 23 Brick Breeden Fieldhouse Bozeman, MT Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 29 Concord Pavilion Concord, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 30 Save Mart Center Fresno, CA Tickets RSVP Share
May 01 Empire Polo Club Indio, CA Tickets RSVP Share
May 12 CenturyLink Center Omaha, NE Tickets RSVP Share
May 13 INTRUST Bank Arena Wichita, KS RSVP Share
May 14 Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK RSVP Share
May 26 LSU Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, LA Tickets RSVP Share
May 29 LSU Tiger Stadium Baton Rouge, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Jun 14 Country USA Oshkosh, WI Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 20 Country Thunder Calgary, Canada Tickets RSVP Share

#‎HellOfANightTour‬

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