Country music fans came out on Sunday night to celebrate the end of the weekend the best way possible, a LOCASH concert. The evening was hosted by Jesse Addy of Nash FM 94.7.
The Ones To Watch concert kicked off with Michael Tyler. He hit the stage opening with “Good At Being Young”. Michael’s set included “Secret”, “Love Myself”, “They Can’t See” and “Hey Mama” which can all be heard on his new album, 317 which will be released on March 17th . Throughout his performance he shared special stories about his songs.
The song, “Hey Mama” was inspired by a conversation between his brother and mother. His brother called his mother in the middle of the night from a party, which led her to believe he needed a ride, but that wasn’t the case. The phone call to his mother was to let her know that he had just met the girl he was going to marry and spend his life with. Michael said that his niece from that relationship is now 5 years old. This was a beautiful song with a special meaning for him and his family.
Michael shared the story of how his music career began. Ten years ago he took a chance and messaged award-winning producer Michael Knox on Myspace. This meeting helped him start his music career. Michael Knox worked with Jason Aldean and this led into Michael singing “Tattoos On This Town”.
His set ended with a cover of Gavin Degraw’s “I’ll Be” and Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere On A Beach” which Michael Tyler was a writer for. This was a perfect way to start the evening.
Next up was LOCASH!
From the moment LOCASH stepped on the stage with “Ain’t Startin Tonight”, they owned it! The duo brought the energy to Gramercy Theatre from the first song and continued the party through their whole set!
One of the big songs of the night was “I Know Somebody” which immediately had the crowd singing along.
The song was followed by “Drunk Drunk”. One of the unexpected moments of the evening came when Preston Burst rushed to the side of the stage to share this song with an adorable 4 year old boy named Brody who rocked out singing the lyrics, One long island, two long island, three long island, floor followed by Preston holding up his red solo cup saying Cheers to you New York.
Chris Lucas shared the band’s excitement for their ACM nomination for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, which led the crowd to cheer with applause.
LOCASH then sang their new single, which they co-wrote with Thomas Rhett, “Ring On Every Finger” followed by Tim Mcgraw’s “Truck Yeah” which they co-wrote with Chris Janson.
While introducing the band, Preston and Chris gave each band member the opportunity for their solo moment. These introductions led LOCASH into several snippets of covers singing Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror”, Billy Joel “New York State Of Mind” , Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”, DJ Kool, “Let Me Clear My Throat” and ending their covers with an amazing version of ZZ Top’s “Tush”.
A really special moment of the night happened during the song “Fighters”. Chris Lucas said thank you to Major League Baseball for letting them sing the national anthem at the World Series. He also talked about his support and admiration of the military. The band then invited up young Brody’s brother, Max to join in on the song. This was a moment that melted hearts throughout the venue leading to lifelong memories for Max and his family. This is what Brody and Max’s dad, Brad Shafran told us about the experience. “We are so lucky to have had the chance to get to know Chris, Preston and the whole LoCash crew over the last year and they’ve been amazing to us. Max has had a chance to sing at some really cool venues and Brody made his debut at the Gramercy Theatre! Max truly considers the band his friends and they treat him like one of their own. We are extremely thankful for how great they are to us.” Check out this great video Brad shared with us of his awesome son Max singing “Fighters”!
After a night of amazing music, an exciting stage set and lighting, and memories, the show came to a close with “Love This Life”. There is no better way that a show can end than with an appreciation and a love of life. “Man I love this life”.