Review: Brad Paisley Plays Gexa
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Concert goers jammed the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas Saturday night, July 27 for an evening of country music – and Brad Paisley did not disappoint. You would be hard pressed to find an entertainer of that genre who stays true to the traditions of country music while comfortably embracing the latest that technology has to offer.
Who said less is more? If it’s done right, sometimes MORE is MORE! Paisley’s show is a tastefully coordinated audio-video extravaganza from start to finish; complete with lasers, integrated apps and digital HD displays. Where some performers use these tools to cover up a mediocre performance or distract from less than impressive vocals, the integration of digital features enhance Brad’s artful mastery of his craft and never overshadow. The use of technology does not come off as novelty. It’s feels more like ‘seasoning’ for Paisley’s performance. The glitz and gadgets enhance the experience – bringing the listener into the show in ways that prove his presence there is a desire not a chore.
At one point in the show, Paisley performed a duet (“Remind Me”) on a subdued stage with a high definition – virtual – Carrie Underwood made to look as if she is standing on stage; complete with smiles and side glances. Paisley’s nostalgia soaked performance of “Waitin’ On A Woman” featured an on screen appearance – and duet of sorts – with the late Andy Griffith. Country super group Alabama also appeared on screen for Brad’s tribute to their band in “Old Alablama.”
His appreciation for the younger fans is also refreshing. After playing a guitar on stage, Paisley removed the instrument, signed it and handed it to a young fan in the audience.
Paisley belted out fun loving, light hearted songs like “Mud On The Tires” (an anthem to summer fun and frivolity) and “Celebrity” (a tribute to reality talent shows, viral videos and 15 minutes of fame). He seamlessly transitions to acoustic country ballads like “Then” and the – steel guitar washed – “She’s Everything” (both country love songs that would make George Jones proud). He also featured hit songs from his new album “Wheelhouse” including “Southern Comfort Zone” and his latest single “Beat this Summer”.
Paisley has been consistently playing the DFW area for several years and his concerts continue to be worth the entertainment dollar, raising the game each year. Paisley proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with, keeping the crowd on their feet for the entire show and leaving the fans topped off until his next trip through town.
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