It doesn't take too many listens to Keith Urban's new album to infer a meaning behind its title, "Ripcord.
This is a man parachuting away from country music on a cloud of synthpop arrangements and a collaboration with rapper Pitbull. As Urban proved across an entertaining show Saturday night at Klipsch Music Center, he's not in danger of having his career bottom out in an earthbound heap.
Keith urban klipsch music center Another killer guitar coda was heard on "Gettin' in the Way," which could pass for an Imagine Dragons radio staple.
From Urban's back catalog, "Days Go By" fulfilled its role as an annual summer highlight. And the night's most traditional country sounds were heard when Urban sang "You Look Good in My Shirt" during a three-song set performed on a satellite stage at the base of the lawn.
The musician invited the girl onstage, where he asked about flowers. The team running the video screens flanking musc stage likely received no bouquets.
Soft-focus problems plagued this effect in a show otherwise defined by xenter visuals. Stage lighting resembled a big-budget Hollywood dream, with powerful pinpoints in various colors focused on Urban from the sides, above and behind.
Supporting acts Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris aced their assignments of warming up the estimated audience of 15, Eldredge, performing miles east of his hometown of Paris, Ill. Morris will spend all summer singing to crowds as they discover the charms of her just-released debut album, "Hero.
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