Country singer Brantley Gilbert brings his bro-country “Take it Outside Tour 2016” to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 8. The venue is probably the best place to hear his brand of moonshine by the moonlight music – outside, under the stars and surrounded by the rural farmlands of Corfu.
Gilbert has been around for six years now, with several CMAs under his belt and more than a few hit singles. He also wrote bro-country elder statesman Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.” The midnight-tailgating-in-the-fields songs that country music seems to have devolved into gain a rock edge under Gilbert’s ubiquitous black baseball cap. His gruff voice is a little less Billy Cyrus, a little more Billy Idol.
Gilbert is no doubt aiming to claim his spot alongside Aldean, Luke Bryan and Jake Owen as a Prince of Kegger Country. He’s opened for country heavyweights Toby Keith and Tim McGraw, and toured with Aldean.
Like fellow country star Carrie Underwood, Gilbert favors a power-chord pop-rock sound rather than any trace of musical country roots on his hits like “Bottoms Up” and “Kick it in the Sticks.” But for fans of his buff biceps, tank top, ball cap, power chord and strobe light show, Gilbert is known to really bring it on his tours.
Show starts at 7 p.m. Opening acts are Justin Moore and Colt Ford. Tickets are $26-$56 (ticketmaster).
- Robbie-Ann McPherson