New Yorkers were once again lucky enough to have Brett Eldredge close out the summer in Long Island. Last year, only a few days apart, Eldredge opened up for Luke Bryan at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater but this time he was the headliner of the night at the BMHMC Amphitheater at Bald Hill. Opening the show was Morgan Evans, playing the venue for the first time.
Evans began his set talking to the crowd right off the bat before going into his first song of the night “Day Drunk”. While in the middle of the song he stopped to say, “So I’m here basically to warm you guys for Brett Eldredge tonight, so come on! And I enjoy getting to do that so I want to make sure I do a real good job, are you feeling warm yet Long Island?” Evans continued with the crowd singing along, doing just what he was set out to do. The country newcomer didn’t stop there, he sang his songs “American” and “I Do” along with incorporating covers “Free Fallin’” by John Mayer, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, “Honey, I’m Good” by Andy Grammer, and “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban to his set.
One of the highlights of the night was when he sang his number one hit song “Kiss Somebody”. Before performing the song he said, “Thanks to MyCountry 96.1 and every other radio station in America and this is the first time I get to say this on stage but this is now the number one song on country music, this is my first single!” The crowd erupted in cheers and of course, sang along to every word. Before the song was over he explained, “This week has pretty much been one of the best weeks of my entire life, thanks to you guys for loving this song, playing this song, turning it up loud when it comes on the radio, so just for this last chorus now if you know the words for this song I don’t want you to sing them I want you to scream them at the top of your lungs, can you do that for me Long Island!?” That’s exactly what the crowd did, screaming the lyrics right back to him on stage, making the first time he performed “Kiss Somebody” after hitting number one extremely memorable to the singer.
Evans accomplished his job for the night, warming up the crowd for Brett Eldredge. He closed out his set with his new song “Young Again”. Before leaving the stage the singer mentioned that his EP came out two weeks ago and his first album will be released this fall. He thanked the crowd once again and said, “I so appreciate the support up here and feeling the love I can’t wait to come back to Long Island to play for you guys again!”
Next up was the headliner himself, Brett Eldredge. As the band took their places, Eldredge ran out on stage, drink in hand, screaming, “LONG ISLAND! Y’all ready to get down on Thursday night or what?” He started off the night with “Something I’m Good At”, the perfect song to get the crowd fired up. As the song ended he said, “Well my name is Brett Eldredge and we’ve been looking forward to this show, this is the most beautiful night we played all summer long so we gonna break it down, you ready? Let’s Go!”. The singer was constantly smiling and moving around, never in the same spot for too long and always trying to interact with the crowd. His set list was mixed with songs from every album giving the crowd all his hit songs along with fan favorites. Some of the songs performed were “Love Someone”, “The Reason”, “Cycles”, “Time Well Spent”, “Beat of The Music”, “Lose My Mind”, “Don’t Ya”, “Superhero”, and “Wanna Be That Song”.
Throughout the night Eldredge talked with the crowd and even brought out a very beloved guest, his dog Edgar Boogie. Edgar took the stage to perform a trick right before his owner began the Bedhead Jams portion of the show. During his Bedhead Jams, he sang songs, “Mean To Me” and “Raymond,” his first single expressing his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Another portion of the show saw some very lucky fans join the singer on stage. He sang his hit “Haven’t Met You Yet” to a little girl who had a sign pointing to her saying, “Brett’s Girl”. This wasn’t all for the night, Eldredge always brings fans up to the stage for a drink and this night was no exception. He brought up 3 fans, who were a part of Edgar Boogies fan club holding up giant pictures of him.
As the show was coming to an end the country superstar said, “So we’ve been traveling all over and this is our last weekend of the summer touring so I hate to see summer go, I hate to see it go but this is a hell of a place to watch it go right here, I wanna thank all of y’all for showing up the way you have!” This night was bittersweet for him, making the show one of the best he’s ever done. He continued his set in high energy with a cover everyone knows, “Gold Digger” by Kanye West and closed out his set with his hit song “Drunk on Your Love”. As the song came to an end he said, “Thank y’all so much, y’all better come back and see us some time! I wanna thank all of y’all for being so good to me!”
New Yorkers, can catch Morgan Evans on the Losing Sleep tour with Chris Young and Dan + Shay on December 7th at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. For those willing to travel you can catch Brett Eldredge on The Long Way tour with Devin Dawson at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on October 12th.
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