Concert Review: Chris Knight at the Covelli Center

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Even though country singer-guitarist Chris Young had a rough day yesterday, he didn't let it affect his performance last night at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. He said he received news earlier in the day that his good friend died, but he was still willing to party for “Sunday Funday.” He opened his concert with "Snake Farm," a new, unreleased songs “Snake Farm” and continued to fire up the crowd with the hit “Gettin’ You Home.” He dedicated “The Man I Wanna Be” to his recently deceased friend and you could hear the emotion in his voice. However, sad emotions only lasted for a song, as he then turned to upbeat and fun songs such as “Save Water, Drink Beer,” “When She’s On” and “Neon.”

He addressed the audience several times and thanked his fans for coming to a concert on a Sunday night and helping make his Sunday a fun day. He also performed older songs such as “You’re Gonna Love Me” and “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” before singing his other big hit, “You,” and another unreleased song, “Text Me Texas.” The crowd loved his energetic performance; it helped that he threw guitar picks into the crowd and chanted “O-H-I-O” between songs. Of course, no country concert would be complete without a shout-out to the armed services and a song about something patriotic. Young was no different, thanking all the veterans and current members of the armed services and performing his patriotic song “Dashboard.” After and an energetic rendition of “Voices” and a cover of ZZ Top's “Sharp Dressed Man," he played his slow, romantic song “She’s Got This Thing about Her” and encouraged the guys in the audience to pick up a girl at that point. After 90 minutes, he closed with “I Can Take It from There” and “Tomorrow.” He played an encore with Joanna Smith and Eric Paslay, the opening acts, and thanked the audience one more time for “Sunday Funday.” The audience was clearly sad to see him go and no doubt, Chris Young will want to return to Youngstown in the future.

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