Warming up for the weekend with Phil Vassar – Country USA
Although Country USA started on Tuesday of this hellishly hot week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, many were not able to make it out to Ford Festival Park until now for the star studded lineup that gets better and better every year.
Taking the stage before the night’s headliner, Sugarland, Phil Vassar got the crowd going fairly easily and was impressed to see the amount of people that make it out for a Thursday night show.
Most of the people in the front VIP section were dancing around and having a great time, even after the 30-minute delay due to instrument issues. It didn’t seem to bother many people, but unfortunately shaved a good amount of time off Phil’s overall performance.
A rockin’ piano was the center of Phil Vassar’s very talented and energetic performance. He can really play that thing, and sing like a world-class musician at the same time. Even though this festival was named Country USA, Phil’s music is a bit more universal than just the average country-sounding artist. Maybe a touch of country with some singer/songwriter mixed it. Hard to explain, but it was very enjoyable for people who aren’t die-hard country fans.
For his entire performance he kept fans entertained; jumping up on his piano and dancing around, toasting the crowd and singing songs about his life experiences. He and his band were all smiles and that reverberated throughout the crowd.
Even though he could’ve headlined himself, Phil Vassar’s successful performance set the stage and mood for the night’s last performance featuring Sugarland. See photos from Sugarland here.
Phil Vassar Setlist: My Baby Rocks Like The Rolling Stones – Real Love – I’m Alright – Love Is a Beautiful Thing – Six Pack Summer/Stay Just a Little Bit Longer – Don’t Miss Your Life – My Next Thirty Years – Carlene – Bye, Bye – Just Another Day in Paradise – Red Rodeo – Piano Man