Florida Georgia Line Brings Summer Heat To Bangor
It seems that Florida Georgia Line brought the southern heat with them to Bangor, as they kicked off a scorcher of a weekend with an unforgettable night of country music. The night was filled to the brim with spectacular performances, proving to be a night all Maine country fans will remember.
The evening started with HARDY, an artist famous for his songwriting for tour-mates Morgan Wallen and Florida Georgia Line. Though his set was brief, Hardy treated fans to some of his original works as well as “God’s Country” a song co-written by the singer and chart-topper Blake Shelton. His set wrapped with his chart rising hit "Rednecker." The night continued with a surprise performance by fan favorite Canaan Smith, featuring hits like “Love You Like That” and “Hole in The Bottle.” Canaan admitted to the crowd that he wasn't originally on the bill, but after spending a few days writing with FGL, they asked for him to tag along for the Bangor show.
Following Canaan’s impromptu performance, Morgan Wallen took the stage, microphone in hand. Since his appearance on The Voice, Wallen has made quite a name for himself, and his set was a great display of his talent. The singer played a high energy set, including songs like “The Way I Talk,” “Happy Hour,” "Chasin' You" and “Up Down,” which he co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line. Wallen finished off the energetic set with his chart topping hit “Whiskey Glasses,” fans chanting along almost drowning out the vocals for the entire song.
Next to the stage was the first of two country duos of the night, Dan + Shay. The two got the entire crowd to their feet with their set, including “Summer of ‘19,” “All to Myself” and “Nothin’ Like You.” The two had off-the-chart energy for the entirety of their set, interacting and dancing along with fans, as well as delivering soulful renditions of some of their most touching songs, including their #1 hit “How Not To” and “Speechless.” The pair finished off their set with “Tequila,” and said that Bangor was the “craziest, loudest crowd of the entire tour,” even flipping their microphones around and allowing the audience to sing the chorus back to them, making for an incredible end to a memorable set.
Finally, Florida Georgia Line took the stage to begin their long awaited performance. With their band playing loud behind them, the country duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly ended the night with a bang. Their show itself was stunning, with incredible firework displays during “Colorado” and “Can’t Hide Red”, and the music amped the whole night up to another level. Florida Georgia line delivered a stacked set, including a selection of songs from their newest album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, as well as a few classics for older fans.
The show-stopping performance of the night has to be the duo’s performance of “Dirt,” which they dedicated to their Bangor fans as well as the men and women in uniform, from police to armed forces, hoping for their safe return. During the final chorus of the song, fans joined in to sing in support of their loved ones here and passed, the crowd blending into Hubbard and Kelly’s vocals making for an extremely powerful performance.
If the night wasn’t star-studded enough, the duo invited their tour family back to the stage throughout their set, including a performance of “Up Down” with Morgan Wallen, “Get Your Shine On” with Canaan Smith, and a beautiful performance of “H.O.L.Y.” with Dan + Shay which thoroughly brought the house down. The touching rendition paying thanks to the singer’s wives was topped off with glittering fireworks falling from the sky as concertgoers swayed along with arms stretched towards the sky. The duo was so amazed by the songs reception, that they joked they felt they “just went to church up in Bangor Maine,” and that it truly is possible to go to church and have a party.
Though the Tennessee-based duo may have had some problems pronouncing “Bangor” (or “Bang-ger”, as they called it), they truly proved themselves as a staple of Maine country listening. Together with HARDY, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, and Canaan Smith, Florida Georgia Line started off the weekend right, with good weather and even better music.
The Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour is now headed to the Xfinity Theater in Hartford for tonight's show, before heading to Jones Beach, New York for the 20th.