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article imageReview: Jake Owen gets the party started at Hammerstein Ballroom in NY Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 31, 2014 in Music
New York - On May 30, country superstar Jake Owen played a sold-out concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the heart of New York City, as part of his "Days of Gold" headlining tour.
Country group The Cadillac Three served as his opening act.
He commenced his show with his up-tempo lead title track single "Days of Gold," which was met with an enormous response.
It was followed by his chart-topping single "Anywhere With You," where Owen displayed his chops on electric guitar, as the crowd sang along with him. He altered its lyrics to "have you ever been to New York City," which resonated well with his fans in "The Big Apple."
Jake Owen playing in New York s Hammerstein Ballroom
Jake Owen playing in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom
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When he sang his current single "Beachin'," the stage was quite elaborate, featuring a beach background and the song had a laid-back vibe to it, as well as a calming effect for his listeners.
He interacted well with fans and shook their hands as he performed "Ghost Town" and his stage was graced in bright red lights during his performance of "1972."
Owen took the crowd on a trip down memory lane as he played his breakthrough song "Yee Haw" and immediately broke into another chart-topper "Alone With You."
After switching guitars, he sang "Pass a Beer" and he covered reggae artist Shaggy's "Angel."
He showed the audience his soft side, as he nailed the sultry power-ballad "Don't Think I Can't Love You."
After chanting the word "U.S.A." three times, he delivered a mini acoustic set, where he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar and paid homage to such country mega-stars as Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson by singing "Friends In Low Places" and "Chattahoochee" respectively. He even sang Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby," surprising everybody with his impressive rap skills, proving his versatility as an artist.
"Life of The Party" is my favorite song from his brand new studio album, and he went into the audience throughout the venue and played the tune. He displayed a great deal of energy and zest which was contagious.
He continued with his No. 1 single "The One That Got Away" and "Drivin' All Night." He had the fans waving their hands in the air during "Summer Jam."
"Tall Glass of Something" was another new song that he performed, which ironically enough was co-written by Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three, who opened the show for him.
He closed with his up-tempo "Eight Second Ride," and he returned for encore performances of his double-platinum and chart-topping single "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," as well as a cover of John Mellencamp's "Small Town," which featured The Cadillac Three.
The Verdict
Overall, Jake Owen put on a high-energy show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, and to quote a song title from his new CD, he truly was the "life of the party" at this Manhattan venue. It garnered an A rating. His "Day of Gold" tour is one that everybody should experience before the year is over. Way to go Jake!
For more information on country singer Jake Owen and his upcoming "Days of Gold" tour dates, visit his official website.
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