This past Friday night, Chicago learned exactly how Chris Cagle likes to throw a party. The theme of the night seemed to be the perfect mix of old and new. After an extended break from touring, Keith Anderson kicked the night off at Congress theater with a bang. It was clear Chicago fans were happy to have him back. It was good to be reminded of the day we all wanted to go “Pickin’ Wildflowers.” The Lost Trailers picked up right where Keith left off, with some hard country rock that kept the fans cheering. Lead guitarists, Stokes Nielson burst on to the stage holding a flashy electric guitar and rousing the crowd to a an all out cheer. Lead vocalist, Jason Wyatt who joined with Nielson 2 years ago, played it cool spending most of the performance behind a mic and acoustic guitar. While playing many original songs including their hit single “Holler Back,” the band also covered Keith Urban’s hit, “Somebody Like You” and Jason Aldean’s, “She’s Country.” Throughout the rest of the evening, the Lost trailers covered other great artists including Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, and the Zac Brown Band with “Chicken Fried.” Every drink was in the air when the Lost Trailers sang the original Zac Brown lyrics, “So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast.” The crowd was more willing to “Holler Back” as the Lost Trailers left the stage.
As a standing room only venue, Chicago fans enjoyed hanging out in the gorgeous Congress Theater while waiting for Cagle to take the stage. Lines for beer and wine wrapped around the room as people relaxed and enjoyed a night out with friends.
Chris Cagle strutted on to stage in great cowboy fashion wearing jeans, a black tee and solid cowboy hat. The only performer illuminated with a spotlight, Cagle started with his hit songs “My love goes on and on” and “Laredo.” His deep voice belted out his first #1 song, “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out.” Cagle was also set on making sure everyone had a good time, stopping twice in the middle of songs to call people out or invite fans on stage with him for a closer view of the performance. Its clear Cagle has a great heart and passion to connect with his fans. He spoke in depth about his family, children, horses, where he came from and his love his country music. Crowd favorites included “Got My Country On” and “What Kind of Gone.” After the show, Cagle met with fans to sign albums and hang out with his friends in Chicago. In his own words, “Chicago has always been a very special place to me.” It was a special experience for all of us to have him here and a night to remember.
Brennan Bowman / US99.5