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Eli Young Band and friends rock Arlington

Eli Young Band and friends rock Arlington

Eli Young Band and friends rock Arlington
November 11
10:08 2013

Taylon Chandler / Contributing Writer

They might call themselves small town kids, but the members of the Eli Young Band have most certainly hit the big time. The band headlined its first ever stand-alone concert at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this past Saturday.

The UNT alumni promised the house party would be one for the record books, and they didn’t disappoint.

Concert-goers ranged from sorority sisters in sundresses to fully-bearded men covered in camouflage. Temperatures held steady in the low 60s, perfect weather to cuddle under a blanket or keep warm with a little comfort in a can. Most people, it seemed, opted for the latter.

Easton Corbin opened the show slightly after five – crooning and wooing the small crowd with a voice that could easily be mistaken for country legend George Strait. Corbin’s most successful songs in his 40-minute set were his newest hit, “Roll with it,” and his covers of Alan Jackson’s “Where I come from” and Alabama’s “Fiddle in the band.”

After a quick set change, husband and wife duo Thompson Square brought a slightly edgier sound to the stage, him in a sleeveless Harley Davidson shirt and her in a leopard dress and leather leggings.

They amped up the significantly larger crowd with their cover of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” but the best part of the band’s 45-minute set was its love ballad “If I didn’t have you.” The crowd went wild as the two stood in a heart-shaped spotlight, urging the duo to end the song, and its set, with a kiss. They obliged.

By the time the Josh Abbott Band took the stage around 8 p.m., the crowd was full and ready to party. Not to be outdone by Thompson Square’s romantic ending, Josh Abbott brought a couple onstage and serenaded them with “She’s like Texas” as the man proposed to his girlfriend. The crowd went wild.

JAB rounded out their hour-long set with fan favorites, including “She will be free,” “Oh, Tonight” and “Touch.”

And then came the boys from Denton. Roughly 20,000 fans in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the 90-minute set. The band mixed its biggest hits with songs from the upcoming album as couples twirled around the infield. Fans roared with delight when the band brought out musical guests Pat Green for a cover of “Take me out to the dance hall” and singer-turned-actress Lucy Hale to duet “Keep on dreaming.”

The set ended with all the musical acts of the evening taking the stage for the rowdiest rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together” ever performed.

The crowd, however, wasn’t ready for this house party to end. Fans yelled and cheered until EYB encored with “Crazy Girl,” the band’s first number one single.

This concert was a far cry from the dance halls and rodeos EYB used to play. The band is poised to become one of the next big groups in country music, and if this show is any indication, EYB will have many successful years ahead of it.

The only downside was the wait at the concession stands, which took 30 to 45 minutes. Other than that, this house party was one that attendees will likely use as a comparison for all their future concerts.

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