The Band Perry: Bringing rock to country

Emily Bouta Juice Editor


The Band Perry performed to a crowd of a little under 4,000 at the Swiftel Center on Friday, Feb. 7 with opening acts by Lindsey Ell and Easton Corbin. The Band Perry has been on tour since Nov. 8, 2013 traveling the country with their first headlining tour. 

While the Swiftel center was not sold out, the fans were full of life, making the concert a lively event. Even Ell and Corbin knew how to work the crowd. To open up the show, Ell sang covers, including Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman.”

The whole events center came to life when Easton Corbin came on for the second act. He sang his hit songs like “All Over the Road,” “A Little More Country Than That,” and “Roll with It.” Corbin also included in his act “Clockwork”, his newest single. Like Ell, Corbin also sang covers of Alan Jackson’s “Where I Come From” and Alabama’s “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” which featured fiddle player Larry Franklin. Corbin’s band seemed to be thrilled to be standing up there with him. The whole time they were very energetic. The crowd seemed to love him just as much as The Band Perry.

To open the show, The Band Perry started off with “DONE.,” to get the crowd pumped up. Next, they played their hit single that was released in March 2013, “Pioneer,” which is included on their album. Excited and jumping around, Kimberly Perry, lead singer of The Band Perry, was very energetic. Her two brothers, Neil and Reid matched her pace jumping from left to right stage.  The trio invited the audience to sing along with them to come together as a country music family.

“It was a really good concert! The Band Perry knows how to put on a show and have a good time… Very energetic performers, they got the crowd involved,” said Rachel Deurmier, freshman nursing major.

The Band Perry sang several of their songs from their newest album “Pioneer” and included a few hits from their first album, which went Platinum “The Band Perry”. Kimberly thanked the audience and country radio for making their first single “Hip to My Heart” a hit before performing the song. The band used several instruments of the guitar, mandolin, piano and three timpanis.

Not only did The Band Perry sing their own songs, but they also covered Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” which made the crowd go wild. The band then slowed it down with their newest and rising hit, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”.

Teasing the audience and ending the show without singing two of their number one hits, The Band Perry came back for an encore performing their all-time greatest hit, “If I Die Young”, but Kimberly had the audience sing the opening verse. Surprised at the large and clear response, the band continued to perform the song with great pleasure. Then, “Better Dig Two” was performed to close off the show with a bang. The band added in a twist to the song by adding in loud rhythms from the timpanis. The show opened up with excitement and ended with it. The band thanked the crowd for coming. 

Dubuque, IA will be the next stop they make along their We Are Pioneers Tour. The concert will be on Feb. 13 at the Five Flags Center.