Earlier this week I ventured out of my cocoon to catch a big live concert for the first time in 2.5 years. On a whim I bought a couple tickets to Kevin Costner and Modern West at the Brown County Music Center in Nashville, Indiana. The venue’s strict vaccine or test policy made it feel like a safe and fun opportunity to celebrate this fan-girl’s 60th. And it was. My cousin Kris and I met at a truck stop in Illinois and zoomed past a chunk of the heartland to the small tourist town about an hour south of Indianapolis where the concert was held.
I didn’t quite know what to expect from a Kevin Costner concert but it was a very enjoyable show. About 2000 people were in attendance, heavy on Yellowstone fans judging by the Y attire and the booming applause when the star introduced songs written such as Won’t Stop Loving You a message to John Dutton’s deceased wife.
The guitar-centric band played 15-16 original songs with a little rock, country, and bluegrass flavor blended in for good results. Kevin may not be the best singer on earth but he’s good and he gets by well. Plus, his aw-shucks persona serves a live show really well. He told a few stories about his family, career, and bandmates. He thanked the audience for going to the movies after a montage of memorable scenes from his films. He led a rousing sing-along to Mr. Tambourine Man. He passed out champagne to front row seat dwellers at the end of the show. (I read Trisha and Garth were also in audience but I didn’t see them.) All in all, it was fun to watch one of my era’s biggest stars perform a money’s worth show in a fantastic smaller venue.