Old Dominion brought the Make It Sweet Tour to Caesars Windsor on June 13 for an evening of modern country rock, with guest Jordan Davis. Fans waited since February for the rescheduled concert to finally make its way back to the Rose City.
The band’s rise to fame has been swift and grand. In less than four years since their debut, Old Dominion has released three #1 hits, with an additional four breaking the top 3. The lyrics to the latest, Make It Sweet, stood out for its optimistic and positive stance – “Life is short, make it sweet.” They ended their set in-style with that song, which is expected to be part of their next album. But you knew this was going to be a killer show when they began the whole thing with their first #1 hit Snapback.
A surprise to many fans was when they mentioned some of the hit songs the band members have written for others. They hit the nail on the head when they performed a medley of some of those songs and eventually, the full version of Kenny Chesney’s Save It for a Rainy Day, written by band members Brad Tursi and Matthew Ramsey.
It was a visual rock show with massive lights and a giant video screen that nearly panned the entire back wall of the stage. The band used the massive Caesars space, running and prancing from side to side with big guitar motions and plenty of crowd interaction. When all was said and done, Windsor got schooled in modern country music, featuring songs that spanned artists like Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton and others.
Support act Jordan Davis came out in front of a massive backwash of lights – some of them in bar shapes and others just blinding – while people were still entering. His lively and upbeat music gave an urgency to the latecomers and by the end of his set it was standing room only.
Davis is known for his #1 platinum hit Singles You Up, from his debut album Home State.
If you missed Old Dominion at Caesars this time out, the band returns to the 519 when they headline BX93 Country Night at Start.ca Rocks The Park in London on Wednesday, July 10.
All photos by Dan Savoie