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By Jessica Zysberg

Staff Writer

artsent.asp@gmail.com

Nov 11, 2014

 

Credit: albany.backpage.com  Hunter Hayes performs at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Credit: albany.backpage.com
Hunter Hayes performs at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Country music singer, Hunter Hayes, performed on Halloween at the Times Union Center.

Hayes unlike other artists of the country genre had a different approach when he put on his performance. All the ticket holders were given a bracelet with a QR code on the inside. Fans downloaded the free application located on a screen and the bracelet would then be activated. It changed colors depending on the song throughout the concert.

The openers for the concert included The Railers, followed up by Dan + Shay. Both openers were decked out in Halloween costumes during their performances and kept the attention of the crowd. This was The Railers first nationwide show. They performed for 20 minutes but came off as more Americana than country. The highlight of their show was their performance of “The Irish Song.” Dan + Shay, dressed as the teenage mutant ninja turtles captivated the audience for 45 minutes. They performed their two number one hits “19 You and Me” and “Show You Off.”

The 23 year old Hayes then took to the stage around 9:30 and preformed for close to two hours. He said he wanted to perform as many songs as possible for the audience. The songs ranged from slow hits such as “Invisible” to faster hits such as his new hit song, “Tattoo.”

As earlier reported by Albany Times Union, following “Secret Love,” his guitar playing featured more prominently throughout the set, with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “More Than I Should” highlighted by deft fretwork and extended solos atypical of pop country.

One of the crowd’s favorites that Hayes performed was “Somebody But Me.” He stopped singing and just played guitar while the crowd belted out the lyrics. The song is about how he does not have anyone to love but everyone else in the world does. It is a solemn topic but Hayes makes it upbeat and a happy-go-lucky song that everyone is able to sing along too.

Throughout the concert he periodically would stop along the runaway of the stage and take fans phones to snag a selfie with the crowd or sign a quick autograph.

During the middle of his performance, Hayes left the main stage and moved towards the side stage in Section 103, where he performed two tracks to the delight of nearby fans. He also took selfies with those fans as well.

Hayes then brought his opening acts back on the stage to perform a cover of Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” that had a large approval of the audience, loudly singing along. The singing continued during “I Want Crazy,” a boisterous finale that left fans cheering loudly.

At the conclusion of the show, Hayes had canons shoot out confetti while he ran all around stage saying goodbye to his fans. Then after, he got off of the stage and ran on the floor through the fans shaking their hands, signing autographs, and taking photos with them. Fans left the venue boisterously, pleased with the performances and the headliner himself.

“Hunter Hayes’ concert in Albany was honestly the best night ever!” a concert goer tweeted.

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