Ell, Pardi & Moore at The Uptown Theater
by Kathleen Bee
It was a chilly Saturday evening in Kansas City. People were lined up outside and around the building to get into the sold out Kip Moore show. The doors opened at 7 pm and the crowd packed into The Uptown Theater, eagerly waiting for the show to start.
Lindsay Ell kicked off the concert and man, can she shred a guitar. Her set was short and sweet, from performing originals including her new single, “All Alright,” to a cover of Stevie Wonder's “Superstition”. Ell has such an amazing stage presence and you can tell that she really loves the music and her fans.
As soon as Ell had finished her set, the crowd began to shout, “Pardi, Pardi, Pardi!” There was pure excitement in their voices for Jon Pardi to come on stage. I have never seen a crowd do that before, especially at this venue, and it was really cool to experience. The moment Pardi came on the stage, you knew the crowd was going to go crazy! The band started playing and the first set of lyrics came to life: “California Sunrise”. Pardi encouraged the crowd to dance and sing along. He played “Night Shift”, “Heartache on the Dance Floor”, and his current hits, “Up All Night”, “Dirt on My Boots”. He ended with my favorite song, “Head Over Boots”. Pardi put on a fantastic show and set the bar high for what was yet to come.
Ell and Pardi were just the beginning, and we were anticipating the grand finale, Kip Moore! The stage was set and the music began playing. As soon as Moore walked up to the microphone and started singing, “Wild Ones”, I got goosebumps! After Moore performed “Beer Money”, he told the crowd,“concert season is almost over, let's turn this up,” which got everyone moving around, as they became eager for more music. Moore then went on to do a cover of “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World.
He was very interactive with the audience and amped everyone up! What stood out to me was that before Moore performed “Backseat”, he shared the story of how, “he was told that no one would ever sing with this song and that he shouldn't write a song like that.” Against all odds, the crowd knew the lyrics to the song and were singing along. It was captivating to see how the crowd received and took in the music. Other songs in the set were “Reckless (Still Growin' Up)”, “I'm to Blame”, “Young Love”, “Running For You”, and his number one hit, “Somethin' 'Bout a Truck”.
Toward the end of the show, Moore brought Jon Pardi back out on stage. They performed a few songs together that had shaped them growing up. The songs were “Troubadour” (George Strait), “Dust On The Bottle” (David Lee Murphy), and “Mountain Music” (Alabama). You could tell that they had a fun time relating to each other and performing on stage together. Moore closed the concert with “Dirt Road”.
Before the show started, Moore hosted a VIP experience, which included an acoustic set. He thanked the crowd and said, “I could tell y'all enjoy the music, you had fun with it, you're respectful. I think this is going to be an amazing show tonight.” I would have to agree with that statement! By the end of the night, the crowd was still going and was left wanting more. This was the last concert of the year for Moore, as he is taking four months off and working on releasing a new album in the spring!
Lindsay Ell, Jon Pardi and Kip Moore put on an astonishing show for the books. The best part was seeing how everyone on stage loved performing and how their energy passes along to the audience. It would be a privilege to see these artists perform together again in the future.