Chase Rice headlined the first Country Coastal Jam in Huntington Beach Sunday night (July 24th) to a crowd clad in tank tops, bikinis, flip flops, and cowboy boots.
Bean bags, umbrellas, beach chairs, and blankets covered the sandy floor where the crowd gathered to watch a full day of music that started at noon and lasted until nearly 9pm. In between sets, the audience could participate in line dance lessons, or sample endless supplies of beer and barbeque.
After spending the previous day at Disneyland, Newcomer Kalie Shorr was performing for the first time in California, and proved why she is one of the most buzzed-about up and comers in country music, thanks to her song about female empowerment, “Fight Like a Girl,” and what she considers her “crazy girl song,” “Out of My Mind.” Her influences were evident in her covers of artists like Jimmy Eat World, One Direction, her mashup of Lenny Kravitz’s “Smooth,” Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” and the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” She also included a lively version of Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin,'” and her possible next single, “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Headliner Chase Rice energized the crowd from the moment his towering figure took the stage, hardly pausing between his many up-tempo songs, and slowing down only for an acoustic version of “Jack Daniels and Jesus,” which he describes as “my favorite song that I’ve ever written,” and for his racy cover of SoMo’s “Ride,” which he brought an enthusiastic and free-spirited audience member named Megan up on stage to sing to.
Chase gave a nod to the tradition of tailgating before a concert, leading into a verse and chorus of several of his favorite “pre-gaming songs,” ranging from artists like Eric Church, Def Leppard, David Lee Murphy, Bon Jovi, and Tom Petty. While introducing his band, he also included a couple of covers of Blink 182 songs, and Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places,” including the famous third verse, sharing that the first concert he ever went to was a Garth show.
Also included in his set was his current single, “Everybody We Know Does,” and the sexy Top 10 “Gonna Wanna Tonight.”
He concluded his performance with “Cruise,” which he wrote with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, and his Top 5 hit, “Ready Set Roll,” the band finishing the song as the crowd exited into the warm summer night.
- Yesterday’s News
- Class of 2000
- I’m Taken
- Rear View
- Beverly Hills (Weezer cover)
- Beach Don’t Sleep Repeat
- Break the Breakup
- Mashup (Lenny Kravitz’s Smooth, Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body, The Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams)
- He’s Just Not That Into You
- In the Middle (Jimmy Eat World cover)
- Out of My Mind
- Drag Me Down (One Direction cover)
- That Ain’t Nothin’ New
- What Was I Thinkin’ (Dierks Bentley cover)
- Fight Like a Girl
- How She Rolls
- Do It Like This
- Fifty Shades of Crazy
- I Like Drinkin’ ‘Cause It’s Fun
- We Goin’ Out
- Smoke a Little Smoke (Eric Church cover)/Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard cover)/Dust On the Bottle (David Lee Murphy cover)/Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover)/Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
- Everybody We Know Does
- Gonna Wanna Tonight
- Jack Daniels and Jesus
- Cruise (Florida Georgia Line cover)
- All The Small Things (Blink 182 cover)/What’s My Age Again (Blink 182 cover)/Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks cover)
- Ready Set Roll