STORM SLAMS OLD DOMINION'S STAGE, BUT DOESN'T DAMPEN SHOWMANSHIP
Band incorporated whatever gear and instruments not damaged by torrential rain to deliver free show for Virginia Beach fans following wrecking winds and destruction to stage
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Thursday, Aug.18, 2016) -- With 75mph wind gusts ripping the light truss from the lip of the shed at Neptune Park's 31st Street Stage in Virginia Beach Wednesday night, it appeared ACM-winning band Old Dominion's return to their namesake and home state would be rescheduled or at least postponed to a later date due to damages, but Old Dominion -- band and crew -- proved to be a force of nature themselves. Taking the stage only 90 minutes behind schedule after resetting and securing the stage, Old Dominion members Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whitt Sellers welcomed the droves of fans lining the tousled bike railing into the park for a free stripped performance that included their two-week No. 1 "Break Up With Him," "Snapback" and current single "Song For Another Time" from their debut album Meat And Candy, along with several of the hits they've written for other artists.
Stripped-down acoustic arrangements and minimal lighting spotlighted the hit songwriting, tight arrangements and camaraderie of the RCA Nashville band NPR calls “very clever” with "first-rate craftsmanship," Entertainment Weekly dubs, “deceptively smart” and “infectious," and Vice raves is “on the cusp of superstardom."
The band will assess the ultimate damage to their touring equipment tomorrow before their headlining show at Wilmington, N.C.'s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater before joining Kenny Chesney at East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20.
Fans can also catch Old Dominion on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, Aug. 22.