FireFest Heats up Cold Spring
by Alicia Pack
Nearly 6,000 country music fans poured into Cold Spring Saturday to attend the 11th annual FireFest concert with Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Parmalee, Drake White and the Devon Worley Band. The rain held off and the heat rolled in while fans enjoyed a night to remember benefitting the Cold Spring Fire Department.
The Devon Worley band started the night off right with lively songs, a few covers and fun stories in between.
Drake White stunned the crowd with his soulful, eclectic and genuine performance. White dropped jaws with improvised verses and pumped the crowd up with fun dance breaks and incredible vocal range on hits Take Me As I Am, Making Me Look Good Again and Livin’ the Dream. Fans were also treated to All Would be Right with the World, which is set to release in September.
Before their set, Parmalee got off to a rocky start when no corkscrew was to be found. Luckily, in the battle of the Wine That Must Be Drunk, the cork was no match for a little country ingenuity, a knife and a crimping tool used for nylon straps. Once onstage, Parmalee came out rocking with favorites Bring the Music, Calling You Mine, Close Your Eyes and Musta Had a Good Time, and new tracks off of the 27861 album Sunday Morning, Like a Photograph and Hotdamalama. They didn’t slow down until the last note of Carolina echoed out.
After a day of fishing with Lee Brice, Randy Houser took the stage to an amped crowd who sang along to We Went, Like a Cowboy, Goodnight Kiss, What Whiskey Does and Night Train. After his set, fans were left with just two thoughts for the rest of the evening: Man, can he sing, and when is he coming back to Minnesota?
The crowd stayed late into the evening for fan favorite Lee Brice to take the stage and belt Picture of Me, Hard to Love, That Don’t Sound Like You, Love Like Crazy, Woman Like You, Rumor, Boy, Crazy Girl, Drinking Class and I Don’t Dance. The sound of the fans singing along was surreal experience that you could practically feel.
One of the biggest highlights of the evening, and the perfect way to end the night, was seeing how much Lee Brice was genuinely enjoying playing FireFest and repeating how Randy Houser had told him earlier that the event was going to be a fun one and a night to remember.