With only a handful shows left in 2019, Riley Green brought his Get That Man A Beer Tour with special guest Travis Denning to Philadelphia Thursday night (Dec. 12) for a sold-out show at The Theatre Of The Living Arts.
The show was originally scheduled to take place at The Foundry inside The Fillmore Philadelphia which has a capacity of 450, but the concert sold out so quickly that the promoter upgraded the venue to the TLA, which holds 1,500 fans. Green also sold-out that room, showcasing that country music is alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love.
Hours before the show, fans lined up under the light of the final full moon of the decade hoping to secure a spot along the barricade to get as close as possible to Denning and Green.
Travis Denning kicked off the show at 8 pm with his latest hit, “After A Few,” before powering through an energy-filled set that included “Heartbeat Of A Small Town,” “Tank Of Gas And A Radio Song” as well as an impeccable cover medley of iconic women of country music, including Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. Denning even gave fans a taste of new music with two new songs: “ABBY,” an anthemic jam that he told the crowd is “about anybody you have that you just don’t care about anymore” and “Snakes And Needles,” which he co-wrote with Devin Dawson and Hauf.
Denning had a solid backing band and some very impressive guitar solos throughout his 45-minute performance. He closed his set with a massive sing-a-long to his debut smash, “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” which fans knew every word to.
Alabama native Riley Green erupted onto the stage, which was adorned with a colorfully lit Christmas tree complete with a star made of red solo cups, with “Get That Man A Beer” promptly at 9:15. This show marked Green’s first time performing in Philadelphia and he graciously thanked the sold-out crowd several times for coming out throughout the evening. Fans anxiously awaited Green to play Philly and it was definitely worth the wait as they were treated to an extraordinary show that included an 18-song set filled with cuts from his debut album, Different Round Here. Included the mix was the album’s title cut as well as “In Love By Now” and “Georgia Time.”
Among the many highlights of Green’s set was the emotional “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” the chart-topping “There Was This Girl” and the fan-favorite “Bury Me In Dixie.”
Denning rejoined Green onstage for the final song of the evening, which was a cover of Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight.” The performance once again showcased Denning’s impressive guitar skills and Green’s impressive vocals.
There wasn’t a moment throughout the show that wasn’t one big sing-a-long. This was especially true during Green’s performance of “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” Much like his performance in his recently-released music video, the crowd sang along so loudly, Green let them take the lead at many points throughout the song.
Green had the crowd in the palm of his hand throughout his entire set. His vocals are even more stunning live than on his record and he proved that he is among the best on-the-rise country artists right now. It’s clear that next time we see Green in Philadelphia, it will be on a larger stage as it is evident that his show is arena-ready.
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