Chase Rice - Everybody We Know Does
by Jared S.
Temperatures may have been right around freezing, but don’t tell that to these crazy country music fans up north. Chase Rice played the Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater in Moorhead, Minnesota on October 7th , 2016. The Bluestem Center had many nice amenities to help fans survive the cold, such as heaters throughout the venue, not to mention the complimentary marshmallows they had.
Chase Rice is currently on his Everybody We Know Does tour, bringing the relatively unknown Lacy Cavalier and Ryan Hurd as his opening acts. You may not have heard of Lacy, but I am confident that you will within the next year or two. The energetic nineteen year old from Louisiana resides in Nashville, with her dreams of progressing into a country music star becoming more and more realistic by the day. Lacy only had thirty minutes for her act, but she did a great job of keeping the crowd entertained.
After Lacy came Ryan Hurd. He is just starting to make his way onto the country music scene. If you haven’t heard of Ryan yet, I highly suggest checking him out. He has two new songs out on Spotify, with a third set to come out on October 14 th , which he played for the lively crowd. It’s no surprise that all of a sudden Hurd is on the rise in country music. He put on a great show and really got the crowd energized. It was just announced this past week that he will be joining Thomas Rhett on his Hometeam Tour in 2017, so if you end up buying tickets to see Thomas Rhett, be sure to get there early enough to see Ryan perform. He definitely has a personality that many find likeable, emphasizing many times that he came to party, which was quite apparent as he was carrying around a Red Solo Cup for the majority of the performance.
After two entertaining opening acts, it was time for Chase Rice to come out. Hurd’s performance definitely got the crowd energized. There was feel good music playing and all of a sudden it stopped. The lights went out. The next thing you know his band was making their way onto the stage. After they stood there for a second, they started playing their guitars to a familiar Chase Rice song. Finally, two hours after the concert started, Chase Rice, the main attraction for the night, came running onto the stage. Timed perfectly, he began to sing his hit “How She Rolls.” The crowd went wild and knew at that point that they were in for a memorable night.
Rice made sure to make his way across the whole stage throughout the show, but he seemed to have an extra emphasis on this first song, giving high fives to many people that had braved the cold to see him perform from the front row. Many times Rice referenced how crazy the fans were for sitting out in the freezing temperatures. Some artists don’t have a genuine feel to them when they perform, this can’t be said for Rice. From any seat at the venue, you could tell that Chase was giving it all that he had, putting so much emotion into his performance.
Not only did Chase play a fair amount of his songs, he also played a wide variety of cover songs. He played “All the Small Things” by Blink 182, “Pour Some Sugar on me” by Def Leppard, not to mention a Tom Petty song, among a few others. Roughly in the middle of the show, his band left the stage and he was left up there with nothing but a guitar and a microphone. He said that he was going to play his favorite song that he had ever produced. Going into the show, I was hoping that he wouldn’t play “Jack Daniels and Jesus,” because I didn’t think that it would fit into an energetic concert very well. I was dead wrong. During this song, it was really apparent to me, and I’m sure other members of the crowd, that Chase is very passionate about every song that he writes and performs. This song holds a special spot in his heart and that was communicated not only through him telling us, but also by his physical expressions.
Once Chase was done playing “Jack Daniels and Jesus,” the band came back on the stage. He told us that he was about to perform a song that he wrote for Florida Georgia Line. This is when Chase pulled Ryan Hurd back on stage. Rice and Hurd performed the smash hit “Cruise” to perfection. Once they finished “Cruise,” Ryan left the stage, and Chase said that he had to introduce his band members before they went on with the show. He introduced the members one by one, and they each had a song to play that he would join them on after their little guitar solo. Much to the pleasure of the crowd, one of the guitarists chose a Garth Brooks song. This was when Chase said that Garth was the first concert that he had ever been to.
After covering a number of songs, Rice had Lacy come back onto stage. He warned parents that had brought their kids with to make sure that they weren’t listening. He had his stage manager bring out two stools for he and Lacy. That’s when Chase went into story mode. He asked if anyone in the crowd was a student at North Dakota State University. After hearing a loud applause, he asked where the bar is that all the students go to. Numerous people shouted “The Turf,” so he explained that he was going to play the role of Carson Wentz, the former quarterback for the Bison that was just drafted number two overall in the 2016 NFL draft. He said that Wentz was back in town and decided to head to the bar. “Carson” saw all the girls in The Turf, and decided that Lacy was the one that he wanted. This was the perfect introduction to Rice’s steamy hit “Ride.” Rice played a few more songs, and then went on to make his way all across the stage, signing autographs, taking selfies, and giving people high fives. He was way more interactive with the fans than the average performer, so credit to him. If this tour is coming to your area, I highly suggest checking it out.