A Word from Cheryl:

Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.

At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Brooks and Dunn in Bristow, VA August 1, 2010


Brooks and Dunn came to Bristow, VA on August 1 to present their Last Rodeo Tour before they part ways.  It was a rousing, fun-loving, charming, and bittersweet performance for the duo.

Adding some edge to the country sound for the evening was opener Gary Allan.  Mixing rockier tunes such as, “Get Off On the Pain,” “She’s So California,” “Learning How to Bend,” with tender ballads like “Best I Ever Had,” and “Today” Gary seemed to enjoy seeing and hearing fans sing his songs back to him.

However Gary was upstaged by his own dog, Lucy, when he brought her on stage for his final number.  I was amazed at how well Lucy obeyed her master, sitting close to his feet at the end of the catwalk amid thousands of cheering fans.  I could only shake my head and imagine how my dog would react in that situation, possibly doing some serious damage to someone.

The crowd enthusiastically received Brooks & Dunn apparently forgiving them for postponing their originally scheduled show June 19 when Ronnie Dunn had vocal problems.   During the concert both Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn took the opportunity to thank their fans for making their ride to country music fame and fortune possible.  In return they did something daring in the middle of their set – they let the audience pick a song for them to sing that was not already on the set list.  With Brooks & Dunn’s deep repertoire that was a risky move but when someone called out “That’s What She Gets for Loving Me” they sang it flawlessly although Ronnie certainly breathed a sigh of relief when it was over.

There was a lot of humorous banter between the two men all evening long.  At one point in the show Ronnie Dunn bemoaned the fact that he never got to wear a cowboy hat like popular country music artists Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney, purposefully leaving his hat wearing partner, Kix Brooks, off the list.  Ronnie said that in order to show he’s a real cowboy he had to do something drastic and proceeded to show us his arm with a tattoo of the word COWBOY in big black letters.

As always Brooks & Dunn made sure they honored the various branches of our military.  Servicemen stood at attention during “Only in America” as celebratory streamers fell reminding us of the cost of the freedom we enjoy.

When Brooks and Dunn sang “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” – I thought, “We sure will, country music won’t be the same without you guys!”

See Brooks & Dunn Concert Photos by CWalker

Brooks & Dunn Set List:
  1. Play Something Country
  2. You Can't Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl
  3. Momma Don't Get Dressed Up For Nothing
  4. Hillbilly Delux
  5. Put A Girl In It
  6. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
  7. Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You
  8. Last Rodeo
  9. Lost and Found
  10. That’s What She Get’s For Loving Me
  11. It’s Getting Better All The Time
  12. Cowgirls Don’t Cry
  13. My Next Broken Heart
  14. How Long Gone
  15. Red Dirt Road
  16. Believe
  17. She Likes To Get Out Of Town
  18. Neon Moon
  19. Rock My World Little Country Girl
  20. Only In America
  21. My Maria
  1. Brand New Man
  2. Boot Scootin’ Boogie
    Article Published: The Star Exponent  
    Reposted: Urban Country Blog and Got Country?

I've had a few folks ask the name of the young couple who opened the show before Gary Allan & Brooks & Dunn took the stage.  That would be Thompson Square comprised of married couple Keifer & Shawna Thompson.  They sang their first single "Let's Fight" but I enjoyed their newest release "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?" a lot more.  Best of luck to this talented duo who will be going on tour with Jason Aldean from October 21 through November 20.

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