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LIVE: BRANTLEY GILBERT – February 27, 2020

| 2 March 2020 | Reply

Photo Credit: Todd Jolicoeur / Toddstar Photo

Venue: Huntington Center

City: Toledo, OH

Date: February 27, 2020

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (

Photo Credit: Todd Jolicoeur / Toddstar Photo

Brantley Gilbert is out supporting his most recent release, Fire’T Up, and the tour included a stop at Toledo’s Huntington Center.  With opening sets from Dylan Scott and Brandon Lay, the venue was amped up and ready to go when the moment arrived for Gilbert to take his place on stage… the opening was fun and not at all what those who rushed to pack the front of the venue expected.  With a wealth of material to play, he wasted no time getting this started with the title track and tour namesake at the rip.  “Fire’T Up” came across perfectly live and was the best way for Brantley and his band to get the packed venue on the same page and to take a fun ride together for the next 90+ minutes.  With a huge stage, a ramp that took him out to the crowd, and a band that played well as well as entertain, this was not to be a sit down and enjoy it concert.  Hell, even I was getting into it in the photo pit through the first couple songs before I made my way to my seat for the rest of the show.  The man knows how to play to his crowd… he knows when to dial it up and engage his male audience and he turns on the charm and fun when he wants to get the women in the venue revved up.  Some of the first songs I was aware of from Gilbert made the set tonight – “Kick It in the Sticks,” “Country Must Be Country Wide,” and a personal favorite “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” all hit the sweet spot for this concertgoer.  There was a lot of music to please every fan in the place with tracks from each of his releases dotting the musical landscape.  While we all have our favorite Brantley tracks, there is always room for one or two new ones to hit your radar after hearing them live and getting a new found appreciation for them, including “Read Me My Rights” and “Take It Outside,” both adding a punch to the song when coming across the sound system of a rocking arena.  A couple of Gilbert’s more introspective tracks were more pronounced and brought the crowd together as we all sang from the gut on killer live renditions of “The Ones That Like Me” and another personal favorite “One Hell of an Amen.”  There were covers, old tracks, new tracks, and a shitload of fun as Brantley threw his kinda party on a Thursday in Toledo, OH that sent everyone into the night hooting, hollering, and singing after having had a great time at the show.  Hopefully this tour, which kicks back up March 19 [TOUR DATES HERE] finds its way back to the area so we can join Gilbert’s Small Town Throwdown one more time.







Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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