LIVE REVIEW: Old Dominion at the Vibrant Arena in Moline, IL on January 21, 2023
Old Dominion’s performance at the Vibrant Arena in Moline, IL was the third stop on their “No Bad Vibes” tour. Any rust from being off the road was clearly knocked off within the first couple of shows, as the energy and timing of the band on this night were spot on!
The band eased the crowd into the evening by hanging back on the main stage while performing “Freedom Like You”. But after that all bets were off as they broke into “Make It Sweet” and lead vocalist, Matthew Ramsey was off and running up and down the ramp between the main stage and the secondary stage. Not missing a beat, he stopped to shake hands and fist bump fans along the way.
With Trevor Rosen alternating between guitar and keyboards, Brad Tursi cranking out the lead guitar licks, and the rhythm section of Geoff Sprung on bass and Whit Sellers on drums, Old Dominion kept the crowd on their feet and dancing the entire night. I even got in the spotlight for a brief moment when my lens hood fell off and rolled across the stage. Ramsey not missing a beat, picked it up and gave it back to me, but not without poking a little fun at me first.
Old Dominion certainly know how to entertain and are one of the best bands I have seen in a while when it comes to engaging the audience. Playing hits like “Hotel Key”, “Written In The Sand”, “Snapback”, etc. the crowed was treated to over two hours of fantastic music. Around mid-show, the band came out to the secondary stage and performed a medley of songs they had written for artists like Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Sam Hunt.
As the evening progressed, it seemed less like a concert and more like a party with great friends and great music. But, as always, all good things come to an end. If anyone had any energy left, they certainly used what was left as Old Dominion broke into their final song of the night, “I Was On A Boat That Day”.
Going into this show I wasn’t quite sure what to expect having never seen Old Dominion live before. I had been told that they were entertaining by several friends. But any description I had been given certainly didn’t do them justice as Old Dominion has to be one of the best live performances I have seen in quite some time! If the “No Bad Vibes” tour comes to a location near you, I would highly recommend you attend!