Columbus, OH, Lifestyles Community Pavilion, March 11, 2006

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Chris Cagle hit what seems to be the new home for country music, Lifestyles Community Pavilion (LCP), with his typical reckless abandon and down-home country message. Throughout the set, Cagle continued to praise the troops and the country in which he lives, but his message never seemed to outweigh his pop-country sound that made him one of the hottest country acts on the radio.

 

Kicking the set off with You Might Wanna Think About It off his newest record, Anywhere But Here, Cagle took his 90 minutes and ran around the stage like the Tasmanian Devil on the lookout for Bugs Bunny. Unlike many country artists today, Cagle comes on stage in a simple pair of blue jeans, a plain tee and a black cowboy hat. Like is appearance, Cagle's music and stage show is stripped down and just gets straight to the point. His music and style brings no frills, but instead fills his songs with simple messages and even more simple chords, making his music some of the most listenable on the charts today. Country music has always been about emotion, not about complexity, and Cagle is a master at taking his fans on a rollercoaster of emotion, yet somehow always has a positive, upbeat feeling at the end of just about every song.

 

Where Miss Me Baby has the more lonely, relationship message more can relate with, Chick Dig It give Cagle and his fans a chance to get up and have a good time with just a fun time and party-style feeling.

Although LCP may not be the typical country concert location, as it is standing room only, the sound of the indoor venue is more than conducive to the country twang put together by Cagle and his band. Unlike many country shows, Cagle's fans were very pleasant and accommodating, even though it seemed the beer flowed just as much as any other show. Even though the fans were tame as far as activity, they were very into the show, and perhaps more into Cagle than most country stars and both women and girls could be seen applying make-up in the first few rows to make sure Cagle saw them at their finest. And when Cagle's first vocal hit the microphone, the tame crowd got rowdy in a disciplined way, showing Cagle the appreciation he deserved while still being gracious to the audience surrounding them.

 

With the success of both Trace Adkins and Chris Cagle and the LCP, it leaves little doubt that more country acts will follow suit and set up shop on the LCP stage. And is seems that country fans are getting used to the setup of standing and watching a show. After all, it is hard to dance and shake it when you are sitting down anyway.

Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle
Chris Cagle