Hey ya’ll !!! I have been super busy and totally slacking on these concert reviews and getting them on YouTube and such so I am just going to just make blogs for them and maybe later on do a whole “End of Summer Shows” recap? I don’t know yet, but this review is of the 101.7 The Bull Green Solo Cup Party at Big Night Live in Boston on April 25th.
As always, a BIG thank you to 101.7 The Bull, Big Night Live, and really of course our biggest thank you to Annie Brobst for making this show even possible for us, it truly is greatly appreciated.
Now, full disclosure. I wanted to go to this show for really the eyeballs it would bring seeing HARDY. Oh for those of you who don’t know, this was a radio show that Annie Brobst Opened for and had Niko Moon and Hardy, all acoustic, all absolutely incredibly.
Back to HARDY, like I said, only wanted to go for the exposure to the Instagram and what not. This is a business, it’s only fair to want to see and do things that will get eye balls right? I mean obviously I love doing these or I wouldn’t but all exposure for myself, the venues and the artists is always great. Anyway, I wasn’t sold or sure about Hardy going into this show. I hadn’t heard much of his stuff, I knew his claim to fame was through Morgan Wallen and Blake Shelton and some others he’s written songs for, I just wasn’t sold on the appeal. We will get to the appeal in a moment.
Annie Brobst started the night, played some originals and played some covers. I say it all the time, I hate when original bands play covers. It legit goes up my ass sideways. BUT. In this instance I get it. I think Annie’s set well very well received and really helped pave the way for the rest of the night. Like I said, I get it, but me personally I thought it was a moment for Annie to shine and play some more originals, but in a room where maybe not many people know those songs, you have to take the safe road and get the crowd really going. It was perfect, the highlight of the set was her rendition of ‘Whiskey Glasses’ by Morgan Wallen. I will say it to the day I die, Morgan Wallen is the absolute man. Fight me. It was perfect to tie in MW’s tune at a Hardy show, maybe cliché but fuck it, it worked!
Then we had Niko Moon. Again, not going to lie, wasn’t sure about Niko either. I had heard ‘Good Time’ and that was it, although catchy, and a great song, it was played to death. Love it, but overplaying a song for me loses its luster. I have to say though, Niko came out and absolutely CRUSHED. I honestly couldn’t believe it. That infectious “Good Vibes Only” mantra is really contagious and the crowd FELT that shit. When you’re at a country show, that’s what you’re there for, a good damn time, and Niko’s set provided just that. This is a guy I need on this show, I bet the stories he could tell are absolute fire. I bet he’s funny as hell and just a good dude. Love it. And since then, I have pretty regularly listened to Niko Moon on my rides to and from work, can’t get enough. Cheers man!
Now, the headliner. HARDY. I wasn’t sure if this show was even going to happen because he was sick as shit the day before and the day of the show. But this dude came out and absolutely slayed. He played for well over an hour, and I was originally told by the people on the inside that we’d be lucky if we got 45 mins due to how he felt. The crowd was electric and sang EVERY WORD back to him. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. I have seen shows where there’s crowd participation right, but this crowd it seemed knew the words better than he did.
He played his hit ‘Sold Out’ to start the show, and as the night went on, he played various song’s he’s written for/with Morgan Wallen including the original version of ‘Sand in My Boots’ which you can see on our Tik Tok. He also played the song he wrote that Blake Shelton released ‘God’s Country’. It was a set that I wasn’t sure I was going to like going in, and left being a die-hard fan. Hardy has been a regular on my playlists since this show and I can’t wait to see him again. Absolutely incredible.
When it comes to the venue choice with Big Night Live, I have to say, it’s very reminiscent of the old Showcase Live in Foxboro Massachusetts. I worked at Showcase Live for a little bit of time and walking into Big Night Live brought back a lot of feels and memories of my time there. This venue is located right at the TD Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics and it’s a great location. There are several bars and restaurants in the area to grab a bite or a drink before a show or event there. If you’re making your way down to Causeway Street make sure to check out the local establishments. This was my second time at BNL and I will continue to see shows there time after time, even after they didn’t hire me for a sales person role 😛 I tease…but seriously wonderful people and great hospitality.
Finally a big thank you to Amanda, Jess, Colton and the 101.7 The Bull crew, ya’ll have been incredible to me here at this show and I thank you for a successful night with Hardy, Niko Moon and Annie Brobst.
Till next time ya’ll Horns Up! Cheers!
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