It’s safe to say that Wednesday nights haven’t been the same since the very fiery, very talent-filled, and very captivating show ‘Nashville’ graced the coveted 10/9C spot. Now, your perception of a “country concert” may never be the same, either. In this sense, it’s a great thing.
‘Nashville’ took the next step in creating this atmosphere for their fans, where they get to feel the essence of The Bluebird Cafe in their own hometown, where fans can watch their favorite “characters” from the show, and sing along to one of the best aspects of the show…the music! It was announced last month that Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) and last but definitely not least, Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor) would be setting out to do a short Spring tour, and their first stop? Joe’s Bar in Chicago!
As huge fans of the show (and music) we couldn’t wait to get our hands on tickets to the concert. At 10AM on a Wednesday morning, the pre-sale tickets went on sale…and sold out in less than 5 minutes, leaving me with one lone ticket. Back to the computer at 10AM on Friday of the same week, tickets went on sale to the public, while I snagged one more ticket, the internet was in a frenzy with how fast the tickets sold out. If I’m not mistaking, the tickets were gone in less than a minute. If this doesn’t set the tone for a successful tour, I don’t know what does!
Friday, as we walked into Joe’s Bar for the much anticipated concert, you could instantly feel the excitement of those around you. You could tell the venue was filled with avid ‘Nashville’ watchers, and true fans of the talent on the show, however, I don’t think anyone was prepared for how talented these five really are.
The set list, to us, was prepared perfectly, giving each talent their time to shine, and also doing something the show is known and loved for…having the talent combine their vocals and music abilities to create an even more breathtaking sound. The strong vocals of Bowen weren’t the only thing we noticed about her. As she waited for the show to start, she stood among the crowd on a balcony waving to, and acknowledging fans, taking a breathe and soaking it all in. Each one took time to introduce each other, and you truly felt the sense of connection with them, as they say you do in Nashville. For a moment, we really did feel like we were at Chicago’s version of The Bluebird Cafe.
If you can snag tickets to one of their shows, we definitely feel it was well worth the money. It’s not only a concert for “Country Music Fans,” but a concert for those who appreciate raw talent.
We wish the cast the best of luck on the rest of their tour, and can’t wait to see what happens next on ‘Nashville’which airs Wednesday’s at 10/9C.