The Canalside Concert series has scheduled a variety of acts for the summer and this past Thursday red-headed country star Eric Paslay brought his “Ginger Country” to the downtown Buffalo venue. Paslay has been recording on his own since 2011. He built a solid career writing hits for Lady Antebellum (Friday Night), Jake Owen (Barefoot Blue Jean Night) and Rascal Flatts (Rewind). The Canalside crowd packed the front of the stage ready to see a down-home country concert. Paslay opened
the show with the rocking “Keep On Fallin'” and “Song About A Girl.” The crowd respond with cheers and singing the lyrics to both tunes. Paslay set a quick pace with “Never Really Wanted” then slid into the dreamy ballad “Angel Eyes.” Paslay sang with passion and showed why he is a rising country star. Judging by the crowd response, he is on his way to a big career.

Mixing it up a bit, Paslay played some of the hits he wrote for other artists. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Rewind” let the artist show how he interprets the songs. Paslay’s energy very high throughout his set.  His singing was drowned out by the loyal fans that knew the lyrics by heart, this happened on a few so much so that he let the crowd finish his lines at times. Paslay knows his roots and paid tribute to a personal hero in Willie Nelson with “On The Road Again” and a second homage went out to the Rolling Stones with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Ending the show with a rollicking version of “Less Than Whole.” Paslay left the crowd screaming for more. As a country gentleman would, he obliged with his biggest hit “Friday Night” for an encore. Paslay’s night of hits came to a close and the crowd waited for him to reappear and sign autographs and take photos with fans.

The opening act was local rising star Eric Van Houten who has made a name for himself on the country music scene. Van Houten has the crowd appeal and talent to become a country star on his own. Canalside hit a home run with
this lineup and hopefully will continue bringing a diverse lineup to the popular series.

Setlist:

Keep On Fallin
Song About a Girl
Never Really Wanted
Angel Eyes
She Don’t Love You
Set Fire To The Rain
Water Into Wine
Barefoot Blue Jean Night
High Class
Even If It Breaks Your Heart
Rewind
Backstage Pass
Angels In This Town
Here Comes Love/On The Road Again(Willie Nelson song)
Amarillo Rain
Like A Song
Satisfaction
Less Than Whole

Encore:

Friday Night

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We would like to thank Erin Marra from Canalside for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.