Kane Brown decided to step onto the Iowa grandstand stage in a burst of glory.
Pre-recorded footage of the country-pop singer played on the screen at the back of the stage as Brown and his band launched into “Setting the Night On Fire.”
As Thursday night’s crowd of 14,541 boiled with excitement and the song drew to a close, flames lit up the stage.
“How do we feel? Brown told the crowd. “I’ve been waiting all day to play for you.”
Brown rose to prominence in the 2010s with early songs like “Used to Love You Sober” and “Don’t Go City on Me,” and gained momentum with a cover of “Check Yes or No by George Strait on Facebook which has had 7 million views. in three weeks. Since then, its catalog has expanded to include “Whisky Sour” and “Homesick”.
Brown previously played in Central Iowa at the 2018 Big Country Bash.
The grandstand stage setup for the evening included a catwalk that gave Brown several opportunities to lean over and reach the crowd gathered in front of the stage.
Brown took the time to mix the genres, quickly singing part of George Jones’ “Ol’ Red” before moving on to snippets of Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” followed by Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
Pop-country singer Jessie James Decker — famous for songs like “Should Have Known Better” and “The Woman I Have Become” — opened for Brown for the night’s Grandstand show.
“I want to tell you something,” Decker said during his time on stage. “My dad was born and raised in Waterloo. That makes me part of Iowan, right?”
During his performance, Decker played “Lights Down Low,” his version of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” and his latest single, “Should Have Known Better.”
Later that night, when Brown performed “Famous Friends,” he brought Decker back onstage alongside his wife, Katelyn Jae, with both women brandishing a T-shirt cannon.
Songs that followed included “One Thing Right”, “Heaven” and a shout out to the state he grew up in with his rendition of “Burry Me In Georgia”.
To cap off the show, Brown performed “What Ifs”. As the song drew to a close, a tank top-clad Brown pulled out a Sharpie and signed his shirt. The crowd began to roar when Brown then removed her top and threw it into the crowd.
After taking a moment to enjoy the adulation of his fans, he ran off stage as his band wrapped up the song and fireworks punctuated the evening.