After observing the parking lot, it became apparent that country music fans are similar to youthful boys: they're rowdy, love big trucks and get tired after excessively drinking from a bottle. And there was no short supply of 'em on Saturday.
Wannabe cowboys and 'gals packed First Niagra Pavilion in anticipation for country superstar Toby Keith to take the stage. Burgettstown was the third stop on The Hammer Down Tour and the show started when a blast of fire erupted from the stage.
The singer-songwriter appeared and opened with "Haven't Had a Drink All Day" from his 2012 album "Hope On the Rocks." He sang: "And I was rocking, rolling 'cross the U.S.A./I got stoned this morning/but I haven't had a drink all day."
But the red Solo cup sitting in a holster on his microphone stand said otherwise and it didn't take long for Mr. Keith to raise his cup and salute the crowd. "Red Solo Cup," the simple and catchy tune, was celebrated with two inflatable red cups on each end of the stage.
Mr. Keith kept the crowd happy with popular drinking songs "Whiskey Girl," "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," "Beer for My Horses," "I Love This Bar" and "Get Drunk and Be Somebody."
A native of Moore, Okla., Mr. Keith only briefly mentioned the tornadoes before his new single "Drinks After Work."
But it wouldn't be a Toby Keith show without a salute to the men and women who serve the U.S.: the red, white and blue fireworks display during "Made In America" would've made Uncle Sam proud.
During the chorus to "Should've Been a Cowboy," Mr. Keith threw the microphone to a girl near the stage who, unfortunately, barely knew the words. But that didn't stop the show.
After playing a few more hits, including "How Do You Like Me Now?!" and "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action," an electric guitar solo transitioned Mr. Keith into Ted Nugent's 1970s hit "Stranglehold."
He struggled with the song, but the electric guitar solos and brass blasts from the trumpet, saxophone and trombone players overpowered his weak vocals and carried him through the end.
The tour brought Drake White, Nashville, Tenn. country newcomer, into town. He joined the tour on Friday in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will play around a dozen shows as the first opener. He played his debut single "The Simple Life" and a handful of other unknown songs while the crowd settled into the pavilion.
Most of the parking lot was empty when Kip Moore rolled out wearing a red trucker hat and a ripped Rolling Stones t-shirt. He opened with "Crazy One More Time" from his 2012 debut album "Up All Night."
Mr. Moore's songs focus on country classics including trucks, girls, drinking and smoking. But his gruff and grit come packaged with a sweet smile and a softer side.
He kept the girls, and some guys, screaming during his onstage dance moves. The setlist included singles "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl." And he ended his high-energy performance with his memorable single "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck."
Katie Foglia: email@example.com. First Published June 16, 2013 5:00 AM