A party with Old Dominion

Photo by Al Fournier

Kira Isabella belts out a tune at a show also featuring Old Dominion at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

When I first entered the Peterborough Memorial Centre I saw something different that I haven’t seen in a while, no chairs on the floor, it was a general admission concert. This started the anticipation growing, I did know what to expect from this country rock band.

Gracing the stage first was Kira Isabella, a Canadian country sweetheart, small in stature, but big in voice. The short-ish singer reminder me of a younger Reba, powerful vocals, leather pants and very bubbly personality on stage. She entertained the crowd with 30 minutes of stage time and the fans were appreciative when her set complete.

Old Dominion’s time to hit the stage, music starts to fill the Mem Centre , these guys were here to entertain and have fun. They lead off with “Snapback,” from their new album, Meat and Candy. This song contains a lot of catchy sing-a-long parts which got the crowd interacting with the band. Lead singer Matthew Ramsey invited the fans in the stands to join the party on the floor, since it was general admission, before the next song, “Said Nobody”, foreshadowing what was to come up later in the set.

Material from the new album included, “Nowhere Fast” and “Beer Can in a Truck Bed”, the fans enjoyed the tunes and were swaying arms to the beat.

Unreleased material, “Be with Me” caught the audience by surprise but most of all Ramsey strolled through the crowd because he wanted them to be with him, but the tune was so upbeat you couldn’t help move your bones.

“Break Up With Him” and “Song For Another Time,” engulfed the super fans into a frenzy. This intimate crowd, were up front and centre to see these guys early in their career.

Recognition is coming quickly to Old Dominion with the upbeat, toe-tapping sound that encourages singing and dancing to most songs.

Headlining their first cross Canada tour and then continuing into the United States wrapping up near the end of September, so catch these guys, this is a show worth seeing.