Concert review: Thunderstorms can’t stop Kane Brown

Published 11:38 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Not even thunder and lightning could dampen the spirit of the crowd Tuesday during the opening night of Grandstand entertainment at the Freeborn County Fair.

Up-and-coming country musician Kane Brown kicked of the “Six Best Days of Summer” at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds about 40 minutes behind schedule, thanks to inclement weather in the area. Steadfast fans waited out the rain underneath the eves of the Grandstand, while others waited in a line running through the main fairway.

Once fans were let back into the reserved seating area, the Grandstand was packed and Brown was not about to disappoint his loyal followers.

The night kicked off with  “Pull It Off” to get the crowd going.

Songs like “There Goes My Everything” and “Better Place” went out to the couples attending the show.

In between songs, Brown thanked those in attendance for sticking it out through the weather, and told them he loved playing in front of Minnesota crowds.

He wished one fan a happy birthday before asking for the dancers in attendance to let loose before jumping in to “Last Minute Late Night.”

Brown got the “90s babies” in the crowd going with “Rockstars,” before getting into the narrative songs he’s known for, like “Learning.”

“Storytelling is one of my favorite things to do,” Brown told the crowd, after encouraging others to persevere through trying times as he had to while growing up.

Brown’s debut single “Used to Love You Sober” shot to the top of the iTunes country charts, selling over 255,000 downloads of the song and garnering more than 3 million streams on Spotify. His recently released EP “Chapter 1” saw similar success, claiming the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Country albums chart and hitting the top of the iTunes country and overall albums chart. He has toured with both Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean, respectively, over the past two years — both opportunities he credited to his fans.

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Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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