BY TER STAFF
On the newest leg of The Hero Tour 2017, country music’s rising star, Maren Morris, brought her headlining tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. Less than a year removed from an entertaining show at The Rave with Jon Pardi, as well as a big arena show a couple miles east in support of Keith Urban at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Morris is quickly finding a second home in Milwaukee.
Wisconsin has some competition though when it comes to Maren’s second home, because the Texas native has been everywhere in the past couple years. With her breakout singles like ‘My Church’ and ’80s Mercedes’, and her infectious country sound which has the broad appeal of a Top 40 pop record, it’s no surprise that Maren Morris has become a star in such a short period of time.
To kick things off Friday night, country singer Ryan Hurd got the show started on a high note. Although Hurd is known by many of Morris’ fans because the two are recently engaged, Hurd and Morris first met when writing a song together for country legend, Tim McGraw. Of course a relationship built from that initial chemistry, but the two complement each musically as well as they do in a relationship, for many reasons it’s no surprise that Morris recruited Hurd for her headlining tour’s newest leg. Hurd warmed up the crowd with two of his best tracks from the past year, ‘Love in a Bar’ and ‘Hold You Back’.
Moments after Hurd said his goodbyes to his Wisconsin fans, it was soon time for the ’90s baby to hit the stage. With a setlist that consisted of fan favorites from Morris’ last Milwaukee visits, like ‘My Church’, ’80s Mercedes’ and ‘Sugar’, with a number of new additions, in many ways Maren Morris’ headlining show Friday was night and day when compared to her co-headlining set last December.
It was those new additions that stole the show last night. A song which premiered live on tour just last night, the highlight of Morris’ performance had to have been her moving encore performance of ‘Dear Hate’, the singer’s new collaboration with Vince Gill and Morris’ tribute to the recent tragedy and shooting in Las Vegas, at a festival which Morris performed the night before.
“We can’t stop playing music and we can’t stop going to concerts. Thank you Milwaukee, thanks for showing up.”
Another highlight of the show included Morris’ duet performance of ‘Chasing After You’ with Ryan Hurt and her tribute to Tom Petty with a cover of ‘I Won’t Back Down’. From start to finish, Morris blew us away with her beautiful voice, catchy records and contagious charisma.
If you were also in attendance for Maren Morris’ last performance at The Rave, you had to weather a major snow storm just to get to the venue. Luckily fans last night had no such trouble and the night will be memorable only for the great performances put on by Morris and Hurd. And if you missed out, fear not, as history suggests that Maren Morris will make her way back to the Badger state in the near future.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below, and get your tickets for the remaining dates of The Hero Tour 2017 here.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration