Big & Rich: Did it for the Party Tour
Guest Reviewer: Katie Marker
Country music’s most eclectic duo, Big & Rich came to Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Minnesota on Saturday, April 8 as part of their Did it for the Party tour.. and party they did! If you have never seen these two put on a show, you are missing out. They are a nonstop energizing force to be reckoned with the minute they hit the stage, no introduction needed. They opened the show with their hit, “Coming to Your City” which got the crowd immediately on their feet, which would last for the remained of their set. They frequent casinos in the Minnesota area when they are out on tour. Each and every show they do in Minnesota, which is all but sold out, never disappoints. One of the biggest highlights of the night was when Big & Rich brought a retired military personnel on the stage to take a shot of Crown with the band and say what he wanted to about the United States. Also important they took a moment to honor all current and former military personnel, for those here with us at home, and those currently still overseas. All who were in attendance who had served were asked to raise their hand, and the crowd remained standing while applause and cheers filled the entire room. The veteran remained on stage during their hit, “The 8th of November” which is dedicated to all former, current, and future military members. The song was inspired by a man named Niles they met in Deadwood, South Dakota who told his story of survival during combat back in 1965. They summarize his courageous story in the chorus of the song:
On the eighth of November
The angels were crying
As they carried his brothers away
With the fire raining down
And the hell all around
There were few men left standing that day
Saw the eagle fly through a clear blue sky
1965, the eighth of November
Big & Rich make sure to do this at each and every show they do, and it’s always the highlight of the night, no matter the occasion, to see them thank the men and women who do so much for us day in and day out.
Right after the 8th of November they introduced us to their new single that just hit radio airwaves, “California”. If you haven’t heard them sing it yet, you may have heard another country superstar by the name of Tim McGraw sing it on his latest album, “Damn Country Music”. Big & Rich actually sing it with McGraw on his version, and they plan to release the single themselves on their upcoming album, “Did it for the Party” set to release later in the summer of 2017. Go take a listen online and request it at your local radio station.
Big & Rich brought along their Muzik Mafia friend and hick hop superstar, Cowboy Troy. It cannot be said enough that there is never a dull moment with those three on stage. Cowboy Troy sang a few of his own hick hop tracks, and then came out and rocked the stage with Big & Rich during their remixed version of their first and very well-known song, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”. In this stimulating remix they break out of song and jump into other well-known classics that activate the crowd even more than they already were. Some mentionable covers that came out in the medley was, Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, DMC’s “It’s Tricky”, and Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” which might be better recognized by the line in its catchy chorus: I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never gonna keep me down… I’m sure there are a few more in that mix that I am missing, but it’s such a tailspin of music it’s easy to get lost in the moment (no pun intended) and just jam to the exhilarating show they are putting on.
If you get the chance to find these guys on the road or near your hometown, and you can get down to their no boundaries, out of this world, unlimited energy, “music without prejudice”, then I highly suggest you do so. I have been to many Big & Rich shows, and am a happy member of their fan club, The Freak Parade, and I’ve never been let down at any of their shows. Hop on the love train that is Big & Rich, hang on for the ride, and be unafraid to lead the Freak Parade.