By: Derek Jung
I'll be the first to admit to not being familiar with or a fan of the vast majority of modern country music. I think that much of it sounds the same musically, the song topics are all similar, and all of the bands' images are cleaner than their spit-shined cowboy boots and brand new cowboy hats. Let this be my little disclaimer to this review.
The Reds and Major League Baseball invited Billy Currington to perform two songs in between the Futures Game, featuring up-and-coming minor league stars and the celebrity softball game, featuring old time baseball favorites and, well, celebrities.
I've never heard music performed at Great American Ballpark before. I missed the other concerts there that they've had in the past, and I went in assuming the acoustics were going to be pretty bad. They were.
Previously, when artists like Paul McCartney performed, the stage was set up in the outfield so that the majority of the ballpark was facing the stage. Yesterday, the stage was set up around second base and faced the home place/third baseline area, which meant that everyone in the outfield seats and most of the first baseline were looking at the back of the stage. Not only this, but the speakers were lined parallel to the stage so the sound that made its way to those people was only the echo that bounced off the seats behind home plate. Needless to say, the listening experience was very poor because of this. And given that most of the outfield wasn't even being used for the celebrity softball game, I don't understand why they didn't set the stage up there and not worry about tearing it down so quickly afterwards. Unless they were worried about messing up the outfield grass for the main events Monday and Tuesday.
From what I heard, Currington and the band sounded fine to those who could hear them. There wasn't a huge performance involved and they pretty much stuck with the script of the two singles that are popular at the moment. I'm curious as to why MLB didn't just have Justin Moore, Cole Swindell, Jordin Sparks, Macklemore, or even Snoop Dogg perform before they played in the softball game. Hell, even Nick Lachey was there. Overall it just felt like an unnecessary time waster, but at least I can cross Mr. Currington off the list.
We Are Tonight
Who are we?
Derek Jung and Joseph Kathmann -- Just two ordinary (debatable) guys that love talking about music. You can read more about us here: