“Hunter Hayes Plays at HOB
By Christian Scalise
There’s a new guy in country music and his name is Hunter Hayes. You may have not heard of him just yet, but the rising music prodigy has been performing on the concert stage since the age of four years old. Hailing from
Currently out on the road in support of the new record, Hayes blazed through Chicago to perform at the House of Blues on Saturday November 12th, 2011 to the likes of a packed hall of nearly one thousand concert goers, predominantly very young preteen and teenage girls. Hence the reasoning for an early afternoon all-ages show at the famed concert venue alongside the Chicago River in beautiful Marina City on an unusually warm November day.
Hunter started the show a bit sooner than expected; taking the stage at 1:45pm so he could squeeze in extra time to play a little longer, the curtains opened and the audience broke into immediate applause and cheers. Hayes told the audience that he’d be performing every single song from the new record to which they replied with even louder cheers.
Hayes has the entire dream package of what any artist would strive for; immense talent, phenomenal vocals, the ability to play multiple instruments, a growing but solid fan base, and an electric and carefree stage persona not to mention good looks which probably don’t hurt his brand either- Just ask any one of the enthusiastic, star struck girls in the audience.
The early years of performing on stages all over
The set list selection was well prepared and maintained a constant flow of excitement and added interest into the hour and a half long concert. As a new artist with only one record to play, it can be quite challenging to keep your audience hooked for more than thirty minutes, but Hunter didn’t flinch one bit. He even gave a youthful and flirtatious new twist to country music great Vince Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away" and offered fans the chance to hear some of his songs acoustically during one portion of the show.
All in all, we were thoroughly impressed with Hunter Hayes concert performance and truly believe that it will be only a matter of time before this up and comer is trailing the road and selling out massive arenas just like his pal Taylor Swift. We give him three years or so for that to become fact.
Hunter closed the show with his smash debut single “Storm Warning.” He spent over two hours after the show inside the venue personally meeting and greeting with each fan, signing autographs and posing for photos. There is no doubt that Hunter will be around for many years to come and we look forward to the evolution of this promising new talent.
We’d like to thank Tree Paine, Sarah Lai, Betsey McHugh and Hunter Hayes for their time and generosity. Also much love to Britney Kranz for coming out for the day to catch the show and assist at the interview. Stay tuned to CSC for an exclusive interview with Hunter in December 2011!
(No set list or photos available for this review, our sincerest apologies.)
Follow Hunter Hayes on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/HunterHayes
Hanging with Hunter Hayes after the show in Chicago at HOB! (11.12.11)
Hanging after the show with our assistant Britney at Hotel Sax!! (11.12.11)