Florida Georgia Line leads the lineup Saturday at the Legends' ballpark

With a hit-filled debut, the good times seem assured for country duo as it heads to Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Contributing Music WriterOctober 17, 2013 

The Florida Georgia Line duo of Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, left, and Florida native Brian Kelley met while they were students at Nashville's Belmont University.

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Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Tyler Farr

7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, 207 Legends Ln. $29.50 advance, $39.50 day of show. (859) 422-7867.

When the annual Red, White and Boom festival hit sellout status in July, there was little doubt that minor league baseball parks were fitting homes for country music.

Baseball, save for the impending World Series, has pretty much wrapped up business for the year. But country music still has one evening left to hit a homer.

At least that's the case at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, which hopes to squeeze in one last night of outdoor fun with a country cavalcade headlined by Florida Georgia Line.

Comprised of Florida-born Brian Kelley and Georgia native Tyler Hubbard, the duo introduced itself in 2010 with the first of two EP discs. That set the stage for an electric debut album, Here's to the Good Times, which was released at the close of 2012. Since then, Kelley and Hubbard have scored three Top 5 singles from the album, including Cruise, a multiplatinum remix chart-topper with rapper Nelly. A steady diet of touring, including a series of high-profile dates with Luke Bryan, increased the duo's rapidly expanding visibility.

With a fourth single (Stay) scaling the charts, Florida Georgia Line's next star-making move will come at the American Music Awards, where it is up for four trophies (New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Favorite Country Album and Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group).

Of course, no big-league country concert these days is a one-act affair. Also on Saturday's bill is Colt Ford, a former professional golfer who has made as much Nashville commotion as a songwriter (he penned Jason Aldean's monster 2011 hit Dirt Road Anthem) as he did with his own music (although his 2012 album Declaration of Independence became his first No. 1 record).

Rounding out the lineup is Missouri-born Tyler Farr, who has co-written songs for Rhett Akins, Joe Nichols and Ford (Hey Y'all). Farr's debut album, Redneck Crazy, was released in September. Its title tune has since become a Top 10 hit.

As of this writing, additional tickets to Saturday's concert had been released. A sellout is likely. If you don't have tickets yet, call the ball park for seat availability or go to Lexingtonlegends.com.

Darius de Haas

8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Weisiger Theatre of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College, 600 W. Walnut St., Danville. $30. 1-877-448-7469.

In a New York Times review of a performance from December, critic Stephen Holden compared Darius de Haas favorably to R&B giant Luther Vandross before going on to say the Chicago-bred singer "can sing rings" around modern pop-soul star John Legend.

Born into a musical family that included jazz singer Andy Bey, de Haas is a veteran of Broadway productions of Rent, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Carousel, and has won an Obie Award for his work in the jazz opera Running Man. But his cabaret-style performance Friday at Danville's Norton Center for the Arts as part of its Club Weisiger Series probably will touch on vintage pop-soul, show tunes and, if Holden's review is any indication, a pop delicacy like Annie Lennox's Cold.

"The quality that most distinguishes Mr. de Haas from his forerunners is his unguarded emotionality and eagerness to dive into a song and carry it as far as it will let him," wrote Holden.

For tickets, go to Nortoncenter.com.

The Tim and Darrell Show

Americana stylists Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott have taken more than 13 years to reconvene as a duo. On Monday, the two will be among the guests of a hearty string music bill for WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour that also will include banjoist Ron Block (from Alison Krauss and Union Station) and mandolinist Sierra Hull.

West Virginia-bred bluegrass-and-more pioneer O'Brien and Kentucky-born instrumentalist and songsmith Scott will tell us more about their renewed alliance in this weekend's Living Sunday section.

Should you favor more than the bite-size sets allowed at WoodSongs, head to the Clifton Center's Eifler Theatre, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, on Saturday for an entire evening of the duo's extraordinary music (8 p.m. $26, $28. (502) 896-6950. Cliftoncenter.tix.com.)

Winwood calling

Monday probably isn't the best night of the week to consider a road trip. But making the journey worthwhile will be a rare regional performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood. He will play at Louisville Palace, 625 South Fourth Street. (7:30 p.m. $29.50-$99.50).

Winwood's current shows have been de-emphasizing the radio-friendly pop that reignited his career in the 1980s and '90s in favor of longer, career- defining works with Traffic, Blind Faith and The Spencer Davis Group.

For tickets, call 1-800-745-3000 or go to Ticketmaster.com.

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