Casey took the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome as the opener for Sugarland at 7:30 tonight. They were on the bill of the 2011 Calgary Stampede, an annual musical event that celebrates Western culture and showcases the best in music today.
Thanks to @EmilyJHolloway we have video of Casey singing “She’s Money.”
Here is the full report of Casey’s concert by @barbiecanada, our intrepid reporter on the scene:
Casey James took the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at 7:30 sharp on Friday July 15, 2011.
Although there were many people who recognized his name, most were largely unfamiliar with him as an artist/musician.
After each of the nine songs Casey played, the crowd of approximately 9000 went wild cheering for him.
At the end of Casey’s performance comments such as “Wow, he’s really good!”, and “I am so impressed!”, “Who is this guy!?”, “He is very talented!” and “What’s the name of his album!?” were floating around the pit directly below the stage.
Casey definitely won the crowd over and will have earned many new Canadian fans!
Need Some Texas
Let’s Don’t Call it a Night
Drowning on Dry Land
Done Made up My Mind
Here are the first photos:
@barbiecanada was right up in front of the stage which made for some interesting photos:
Before the concert, The Casey James Blog reached out to Sugarland fans going to the concert and asked if anyone could take photos of Casey for us. We had one person respond immediately that he’d be glad to help. His message board name is davethenflder. Not only did he get us some amazing photos from right in front of the stage, but he also added his opinion as a lifelong music lover and concert-goer about Casey. First, his photos:
And this is what he had to say about Casey: “I was really impressed with Casey”s set. I’ve been going to concerts for over 17 years now and have seen probably easily a thousand bands in my life but honestly I can say that Casey has a really unique talent that I personally haven’t seen since seeing guys like John Mayer and Johnny Lang back in their early days. He got such a great band, incredible blues undertone to his music, and a great modest personality to back it up…hey, all the women were swooning too about his good looks…so yea, he’s got talent and I expect him to go far.”
We do too, Dave. 🙂
Here are some tweets from the concert:
SarahMakson: Casey James! You rocked @calgarystampede! Great warm up for @Sugarlandmusic!
chchchelsey: @Sugarlandmusic listening to Casey James at the stampede, he is amazing!!
Kellyhipkin: Thank you #Texas for sending @caseyejames to Calgary
Cassieriabko: I just got to hug Casey James!!! Best moment ever!!!
After the show, Casey tweeted: CaseyEJames Alberta, Alberta. 🙂 Good times. Just played a great gig. Thanks for having me out! Stampede was a blast. I’m off to sleep.
The next day, fans were still talking about Casey’s set. One tweeted:
Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald, seemed impressed with Casey even if the sound and stage set up were not ideal. He wrote:
Casey James, a pretty-boy Texan, opened the show with reasonably good songs, but muffled acoustics that made him sound like he was being piped in from another planet.
Even for an opening act, the stage presentation was underwhelming. Which was too bad. Because, for an American Idol cast-off, his rock, R&B and blues hybrid is far more soulful than it has any right to be.
According to Lisa Wilton from the Calgary Sun, Casey clearly made an impact last night, writing:
Opener Casey James had his work cut out for him playing to a smaller crowd unfamiliar with his music.
Judging by the loud cheers at the end of his 40-minute set, the 29-year-old American Idol finalist managed to win over new fans.
Keep checking back for updates.