This summer Progressive Field will play host not only to the Cleveland Indians’ 81 home games but also country star Jason Aldean.
This summer, the reigning Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year award winner Aldean will headline an event also featuring fellow Academy of Country Music winners Miranda Lambert (Female Vocalist of the Year), Florida Georgia Line (New Vocal Group of the Year), plus Tyler Farr. The show marks one stop on Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down Tour,” according to MLB.com writer Jordan Bastain.
Now the last concert previously held at the venue many Clevelanders still affectionately call “the Jake” happened in June 2011 with the team sponsored “Indians Music Festival,” headlined by country superstar Brad Paisley. Seeing how I went to that show, I thought I could share my feedback on how the baseball stadium performed as a concert venue.
First I should tell you I sat in the upper reserve section. I guess the equivalent to Blossom Music Center’s lawn seating, if you wish to compare the two. Anyone reading this that enjoyed better seats at the 2011 Indians Music Festival please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
How Progressive fared as a concert venue
So, here’s my take the Prog as a concert venue. Personally the location remained a deciding factor in purchasing tickets. Typically I attend one country concert a summer. Interestingly enough I saw Brad Paisley the year before at Blossom. While I liked the performance, the decision to see him again received an assist from the novelty involving experiencing a concert at the Cleveland Indians’ home field.
Environment-wise Progressive Field translated okay to a concert atmosphere. While nice to sit in actual chairs, once opener Blake Shelton energized the crowd the setting felt restrictive. Blossom’s lawn area certainly allows more freedom and opportunity to interact with fellow concert goers.
Additionally the field seemed farther away watching the concert than say sitting in the same seats watching a ballgame. Maybe the fact you remained focus on a single part to the field played a role in said sensation. You end up looking out at the stage in left-center field where during a game you keep eyes out all over the field.
However, a talented musician knows how to manipulate whatever situation to provide the fans an entertaining show. Paisley played on Cleveland pride by putting on his own personalized Tribe jersey and covering “Wild Thing” from the movie Major League.
Reviewing Youtube videos, capturing Jason Aldean performing, leads me to believe he can handle the not-so-ideal environment July 18th when he brings the “Burn it Down Tour” to Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
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Zach is a native Clevelander and full-time writer. He is the author of the inspiring, Off Balanced, called "tremendous" and "a rare book" by critics.
Zach identifies writing as both "a career and his life's calling." To see more from Zach, check out his blog, Off Balanced, where he is "putting the 'cerebral' in cerebral palsy."