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Concert Review: “Just Another Day in Paradise” with Phil Vassar and Jaron and the Long Road to Love in San Jose, California

April 18, 2010

When you go into a show with the highest expectations, you typically end up with an enormous letdown. With Phil Vassar, though, this is never the case. Once again, here in San Jose, Vassar lived up to all expectations with 90 minutes of great music and great fun!

The night began with Jaron and the Long Road to Love and don’t let the name fool you, this is a band consisting of just one: Jaron. Although he only played five song, it was a very enjoyable opening act. The song that you’ll probably know him from is a country radio staple these days: “I Pray For You”.

He may not be well known now, but what I loved about his stage presence is that he played with the crowd and had a great time throughout his set. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of him in the days/weeks/months to come.  I can tell he is a future star rising. Next time, hopefully, we’ll get a little longer set.

Following his set, it was finally time for the moment we had all been waiting for: Phil Vassar’s return to San Jose! The crowd was electric as KRTY DJ Randy Jones took the stage and got everyone on their feet, screaming at the top of their lungs. A moment later, Vassar took the stage.

If you haven’t seen a Phil Vassar show, you are missing out on one of country musics best. I’ve seen the best of the best: George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks and more. But, while Vassar isn’t seen in the upper echelon of country music performers, and on an international stage such as these performers, he really should be!

Vassar is well known in the industry as a great songwriter and over the past 8-10 years, has been very well received playing his own music. Songs such as “Carlene”, “Bye Bye”, “I’m Alright”, “In a Real Love”, “Last Day of My Life”, “Six Pack Summer”, “Little Red Rodeo”, “Love is a Beautiful Thing”, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, “American Child” and “My Next Thirty Years” filled the setlist. Vassar didn’t miss a beat as he had the audience in his hand, singing along to every word.

Another great aspect of a Vassar stage show is how he brings in other songs that are not his own that continue to keep the crowd asking for more. One of these would have to be “Summer Nights” from the Grease soundtrack:

But what I have always enjoyed most of the Phil Vassar shows I’ve been to (6 in total), is how he incorporates a Billy Joel staple, “Piano Man”, into his encore to conclude the show. What else would you expect from a great piano player such as Vassar:

As always, the show exceeded my expectations and I can safely say that everyone who was in attendance left feeling satisfied. My wife got to meet Vassar and got the autograph that she wanted 🙂 A great evening all around!

Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, I highly recommend that you check out a performance by Phil Vassar. You won’t be disappointed.

Concert Review: Chris Cagle in San Jose, California

August 14, 2009

All I can say is this: Chris Cagle’s concerts go on and on and on and on and on and on and on…

*In case you didn’t get that, its the lyrics to one of his songs 🙂

Tonight, Cagle took the stage at the Rodeo Club in San Jose, California. I’ve been to quite a few concerts over the past three years at this venue and I have never seen a crowd so large, and so loud. There was hardly room to move, let alone dance, but the crowd was electric.

First, I have to give it up to Adam Herbel “The Dancing Cowboy” who put on some great line dancing lessons prior to the concert. The guy can teach, can dance and really gets the crowd going before the show. Check him out via his Web site.

Cagle took the stage just after 10:30 p.m. and played for approximately 75-80 minutes. As the band hit the stage, the audience was greeted with pre recorded music from classic rock, country and even some hip hop. A nice mix to get the crowd going. He opened with “It’s Good to be Back” and thanked the crowd, and local radio station KRTY, for bringing him back to San Jose. He always seems to have a good time here and I’m pretty sure he’s sincere when he says that he’s glad to be back.

Next came my favorite Chris Cagle song “Laredo” which I promptly screamed the lyrics at the top of my lungs and began the downfall of my voice for the evening. Great song, though! He continued with hits such as “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”, “Walmart Parking Lot”, “What Kinda Gone” and “What a Beautiful Day”.

The man is an incredible performer. He knows how to work the crowd, he knows when to slow it down, and unlike many singers I have seen in the past, he sounds just like he does on his albums.

I’ll admit, I’ve wanted to see Cagle in concert since I found out that we were in the same fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. I broke out my old fraternity letters for the show tonight and hoped that he’d see them. Finally, about 3/4 through the show he got to be about five feet away and saw them! Sweet! He looked and smiled and “tested me”, something that fraternity brothers do to ensure they are who they say they are. Of course, I responded correctly and got a big thumbs up. Although he probably forgot a few seconds later, its something I’ll remember forever. Pretty cool! 🙂

As he got to the final song of his set, he had the crowd eating out of his hand. By the time he walked off stage after the final song, I wasn’t sure the crowd could scream loud enough to bring him out. But I was proven wrong!

The crowd cheered for he and the band to come out for an encore and after some prodding by Randy Jones of KRTY, they came back and broke into Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Saturday Night Special”. The woman next to me had been trying to get Cagle to sign her photo (yes, it was a photo she took of him at a previous concert) and during the encore, he obliged. He finished the night with one of his most popular songs “Chicks Dig It” and, of course, the chicks in San Jose dug it!

Another great night of music at the Rodeo Club. My wife and I got to shake hands with the band following the performance and they were very down to Earth, nice guys! If you’re a fan of country music, I recommend you take in a Chris Cagle show the next time he comes to town. You won’t be disappointed!

Yes, he’s different that Kenny Chesney or Toby Keith. He may not fill 75,000 seat arenas, but he puts on one hell of a show and the crowd goes absolutely crazy when he’s on stage. He has a personality that connects with the crowd and makes for an enjoyable evening of fun, and great music! Now, if only KRTY could bring Phil Vassar back…we’d be even happier!

Set List (hopefully pretty accurate):

  1. It’s Good To Be Back
  2. Laredo
  3. My Love Goes On & On
  4. I Breathe In, I Breathe Out
  5. What Kinda Gone
  6. New Song (Something about a Wild girl)
  7. No Love Songs
  8. What A Beautiful Day
  9. Hey Y’all
  10. Miss Me Baby
  11. Country By The Grace Of God
  12. Saturday Night Special
  13. Chicks Dig It

Crystal Shawanda Coming To The Rodeo Club

October 15, 2008

KRTY is bringing one of the biggest up and coming female country artists  to the Rodeo Club in San Jose, California this Thursday night, October 16. Live, on stage will be none other than Crystal Shawanda!

“You Can Let Go” the smash hit and song that reminds me of my 3 year old daughter every time I hear it will no doubt be on the set list. Also songs like “What Do I Have To Do” and “My Roots are Showing” “Baby You’re Back” should also be included.

Get your FREE pass here.

Without your free pass from, tickets will be $10 at the door.

Come out for another great night of country music brought to you by the best country station in the Bay Area, KRTY, 95.3.

FYI: This is an 18 and over show.

Darryl Worley Coming to the Rodeo Club

September 30, 2008

You’ve seen him sing the hits “Have You Forgotten”, “A Good Day to Run”, “When You Need My Love”, “Family Tree” and “I Miss My Friend” and now Darryl Worley is coming to the Bay Area!

95.3 KRTY in San Jose is presenting another “Listener Appreciation Concert” this Friday, October 3 at the Rodeo Club. Click here to get your free ticket to the show.

Concert Info:

18 and over show

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Dance Lessons at 7:30

And…..DJ Tony on the turntables!

KRTY will be there as well and so will I! Wouldn’t miss another great “free” show from the Bay Area’s best country station! Get your tickets and have a great Friday night out at the Rodeo Club in San Jose!

Keith Anderson Coming to the Rodeo Club on September 25

September 19, 2008

That’s right. KRTY is welcoming Keith Anderson to the Rodeo Club in San Jose, CA on Thursday, September 25.

Tickets can be purchased at the KRTY studios for $15 (cash only) or at the door for $20.

Randy Jones

Randy Jones

Keith will no doubt be playing his hits such as the current smash “I Still Miss You” and other favorites “Pickin’ Wildflowers” and “XXL”. Hell, he even wrote “Lost in This Moment” with Big & Rich. What’s not to love!

Your favorite KRTY DJ’s will be there…Give love to Indiana Al and Randy Jones!

Indiana Al

Indiana Al

I know I’ll be there…will you??? Have you seen Keith in concert? Give me your reviews.