With the slogan of “Painting The Barn Pink,” Lindsay Ell headlines the all female line-up for the 3rd annual B-93 Barn Party at The DeltaPlex Arena.
With severe winter storm advisories and warnings of freezing sleet and ice outside, that didn’t stop the B-93 country music fans from getting out and enduring the weather elements to attend the Barn Party. Although the attendance was light due to the outside conditions, those who attended the event enjoyed themselves and made sure to let the artists know they were there.
To kick off the evening, visitors were welcomed into The DeltaPlex Arena by entering into the West River Hall where fun and games were located. During the evening events, they were able to play games that included cornhole and ladder golf. A mechanical bull for the adventurers and also a van that you could hit on with a sledge hammer to help “beat out cancer.”
Starting the evening off inside the Hall and in between the artist’s sets, Choff spins all the DJ dance mixes while you sit in the back of a Ford pick-up and tailgate.
As the doors open for the arena, local artist Bari Lee is the first to take to the main stage. Bari Lee is from Fruitport, MI, approximately 25 miles to the west away from the arena. Bari Lee and her band get the night started with a powerhouse set of covers by the likes of Miranda Lambert’s “Kerosene,” Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” The set concludes with a classic fiddle tune of Charlie Daniels Band hit of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”
Next on stage is one of West Michigan’s favorite female artists, Kari Lynch Band. Kari was raised in Clare, MI before settling down in Grand Rapids while she worked on her musical artistry and forming her band. Now living in Nashville, Kari and her band are still welcomed by her large fan following whenever she performs in the area.
The Kari Lynch Band performs songs from her current album The Other Side, that include “Know What You Know,” “Fighter” and the band’s current single “Highway Honey.” Along with tracks from her current album, they also perform “Sweetheart” from the band’s previous album, Little Games.
The fiery red haired Caylee Hammack of South Georgia is up next. Performing on stage since she was 13 years old and using fake id’s to get her into smokey bars and opera houses, this 25 year old has perfected her sassy southern charm.
With a bit of soul in her voice, Caylee entertains the crowd with songs from her upcoming debut album that includes “Just Friends,” her current single “Preciatcha” and the debut single “Family Tree.”
For those in the crowd who enjoy Caylee’s performance this evening, she will be returning to the Grand Rapids area in May, when she opens for Reba McEntire at Van Andel Arena.
The first of two Canadian artists on the bill for the evening is Tenille Arts. Tenille is wrapping up a big week as she starts the week becoming the first artist to perform on the TV show The Bachelor for the third time. On the day prior to the Barn Party, Tenille releases her sophomore album Love Heartbreak And Everything In Between. Often compared to an edgy Taylor Swift, the new album covers her life during a romance that eventually goes bad.
Tenille sings songs “Everybody Knows Everybody” and “I Hate This” from the album including the single “Somebody Like That” that she performed on Monday evening on TV. As a touching apology to her mother, Tenille adds “Call You Names.”
The second of two Canadians to take the stage at the B-93 Barn Party is none other than headliner Lindsay Ell. Lindsay has made a name for herself as a hard working guitar extraordinaire who has been known to stand tall and hold her own next to her male guitar slinging counterparts Keith Urban and Brad Paisley.
Performing songs from her library shows her wide range of musical taste, from country pop, rock and blues. Lindsay starts her show with two singles “All Alright” and her 2013 debut “Trippin’ On Us” that never made it to a released album.
From one guitar riff to another, Lindsay rolls through her first album The Project that includes the lead single “Waiting On You” and “Champagne.”
With a passion for soul and r&B, Lindsay goes back in time to 1966 for “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” 1970 and Stevie Wonder’s “Sign Sealed Delivered” to an acoustic solo of the 1967 Anita Franklin hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” In the latter, Lindsay drops down to the speakers on the floor in front of the stage to play a guitar solo laying down.
Lindsay, who just like Tenille has also had a busy week. Earlier in the week before embarking out for her first show of the year in Grand Rapids, Lindsay joined her duet partner Brantley Gilbert for celebration of the #1 hit single “What Happens In A Small Town.” This marks Lindsay’s first #1 and makes her the only female to top the charts in 2019.
With a new album in the works and a release date of later this summer, Lindsay has been busy writing and recording new songs amongst all her tour stops. She performs “I Don’t Love You” as the first single to the upcoming album.
After repeatedly thanking the crowd for making it out in the harsh weather conditions, Lindsay tells the crowd she will stay as long as it takes to meet any and all fans that want to stop by her merchandise table to say Hi and pose for a picture with her.
Lindsay concludes the evening with her chart topping single “Criminal” from her first full length album.
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Event Date: 11-JAN-2020