The near capacity crowd knew what to do with their hands as soon as Thomas Rhett took the stage (following Marci Braun and the US99.5 crew donning their favorite color solo cups), singing along to the newcomer’s first and definitely not last hit song.
*Click on each photo for a full gallery from each artist. Photos courtesy of Steve Koscik / US99.5
Following Rhett, Brantley Gilbert stepped on-stage and not only show his southern roots, but also his handy guitar work as his ripped through a 45 minute set that included such hits (and covers) including Jason Aldean‘s “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kinda Party”, as well as his own smashes, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”, “Country Must Be Country Wide”, and more. Donning his signature black baseball cap and black shirt, Gilbert had that crowd up and ready for the man of the night, Mr. “Red Solo Cup” himself, Toby Keith.
As Keith took the stage it was obvious, “Clancy’s Tavern” was open for business. Whether it was the old songs (“Shoulda Been A Cowboy”, “Who’s Your Daddy?”, “Wanna Talk About Me”), the new hits (“Red Solo Cup”, “Beers Ago”), all the way to a made-up song that the crowd learned in “3 minutes time”, the night was all about Keith.
Donning his beige cowboy hat, blue flannel bandana, black shirt, and jeans, Keith ripped through the hits, although the entire crowd knew it was one song that they were all waiting to hear. As the inflatable red solo cups emerged from each side of the stage, it was certainly time to “proceed to party”. With a smile on his face and a red solo cup in his hand, Toby Keith lead the sing-along walking from one end of the stage to the other, fist bumping those lucky enough to be in the front row, singing the song like it was an old battle cry.
Toby Keith never disappoints when his tour rolls through Chicago on Labor Day Weekend, and his latest stop did not disappoint.
While Clancy’s Tavern moves on to the next city, Chicago learned how to proceed to party from the master himself.
Thomas Rhett Meet and Greet photos from the US99.5 Backstage BBQ can be found, right here:
Photos from the Brantley Gilbert Meet and Greet at the US99.5 Backstage BBQ can all be found, here:
Review and all photos courtesy of Steve Koscik / US99.5