Written by Brandon Florkey
Kip Moore’s “Wild Ones” tour played a sold out show at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, January 30. Fans began lining up at the doors more than 30 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open. At opening time, the line stretched nearly three blocks down the street with fans eager to get inside for the show.
Due to illness, Chase Bryant was unable to perform. Local artist Taylor Shannon filled in, playing an acoustic set of original songs mixed with covers including Travis Tritt’s “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”.
After a short intermission, the lights dimmed and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” blared over speakers, welcoming Kip Moore and his band to the stage. Wearing his signature backwards red hat, Moore and the band opened with the title track from his latest album, “Wild Ones”.
Throughout the hour and 45 minute set Moore played a mix of radio hits (“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck”, “Beer Money”, and “Hey Pretty Girl”) and album cuts, with fans singing along to every song. Early in the show Moore thanked fans for knowing every word and singing along to each song even though he hadn’t yet played any of his biggest hits. 45 minutes into the show, the band was given a break allowing Moore to play a 5-song acoustic set ending with a performance of “Dirt Road” before the band joined Moore back on the stage.
Moore’s main set ended with an incredible rendition of “Magic”. After Moore and the band left the stage, the fans cheered and stomped their feet hoping for an encore. After a few minutes, Moore and the band returned to the stage. Moore began by talking about the trouble he had recording “Wild Ones” including slipping into depression and receiving a lot of push back in regards to the songs he was turning in for the album. He mentioned how he was repeatedly told “give us another ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck'” and “we want another ‘Hey Pretty Girl'”. Moore’s response was “I already wrote those songs”. The encore featured only one song, “That Was Us”, a song Moore said everyone loved when they heard it but didn’t want him to record because it couldn’t be released to radio. The fans cheered loudly when Moore said his response was that he wrote songs that he wanted to write because they were songs he loved and that he didn’t write songs for radio.
Prior to the show I was familiar with Moore’s music but wouldn’t have considered myself a big fan. After seeing Moore and his band for the first time, I see why his fans were lined up down the road anxious to get in and why the show was sold out. Moore is a natural performer and earned a new fan with his performance. In the couple days since the show I’ve listened to the “Wild Ones” album more than I had prior to seeing Moore live.