Sam Hunt Throws 10,000 Person Sing-Along Street Party
October 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM (PT)
WEBSTER’s OXFORD AMERICAN dictionary defines the word “party” as “a social gathering of invited guests,” and while MCA NASHVILLE’s SAM HUNT technically threw a street “party” last NIGHT (10/28), the term “social gathering” doesn’t quite do the event justice.
No, this was closer to an extravaganza or better yet, a bash, as 10,000 fans -- an estimate which may or may not be low -- crammed themselves onto 5th Avenue between DEMONBREUN and KOREAN War Vets Blvd. for the BOSE sponsored “pop-up” show. Just curious: When was the last time 10,000 of YOUR closest friends “popped up” for a “social gathering?”
HUNT played a 90-minute set launched with “Raised On It,” from his Gold-plus-selling “Montevallo” album, which was released one year and one day ago to this show. Originally set for, TUESDAY (10/27) the concert was pushed back a day due to rain (NET NEWS 10/26), WEDNESDAY’s weather was perfect, and the crowd – many of whom drove in from neighboring states – was perfectly versed in every word to every song HUNT performed, as he featured most of the MONTEVALLO album.
But HUNT is a prolific and successful songwriter too, penning hits for KENNY CHESNEY (“Come Over”), KEITH URBAN (“Cop Car”) and BILLY CURRINGTON (“We Are Tonight”). He provided his unique renditions of these songs, in addition to “I Met A Girl,” the debut single from WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE’s traditional newcomer WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN, also written by HUNT but arranged completely different. He also put together an acoustic "Women of the 90s" mash-up, saluting songs of REBA, TRISHA YEARWOOD, CINDI LAUPER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, DESTINEY’S CHILD, BONNIE RAIT and DEANA CARTER.
ARISTA’s CAM joined HUNT for a duet on her “Burning House” single, which the crowd also sang along to. The show was a high-voltage coming out party for HUNT and his tight three-man unit, who managed to keep the energy and volume cranked for the entire 90 minutes, especially when the newly-shaven HUNT took a victory lap around the block, high-fiving anyone and everyone in range of his long, chiseled arms.
Another victory lap may follow next week; HUNT is nominated for three CMA AWARDS: New Artist of the Year; Single of the Year; Song of the Year (NET NEWS 9/9) . Lord only knows what kind of pop-up party will ensue if he wins all of them.