Chris Lane with Opening Act Ernest at Avalon Ballroom Theatre fallsview Casino

Chris Lane’s headlining show at Fallsview Casino in Niagara was an extremely noteworthy performance of the diversity a modern country artist can bring to the table.

Opening up the show was up-and- coming artist Ernest, who proved to be very promising in the future. He had the audience’s attention by engaging the crowd with many of his own tracks.

Newcomers expecting to see a typical country show were treated to something far more dynamic, as Lane delivered a fiery set filled with wide ranging covers, his personal favorite songs and fan favorites that invited the crowd to sing along to every word.

It wasn’t hard to notice the die-hard fans lined along the front of the stage. As Lane proves he has the capacity to seamlessly transition from one genre to another, enticing the audience to come along with him down these bold paths.

The night was filled with twists and turns as Lane took fans down several diverging musical alleys, it seems that diversity and unpredictability is where he’s most in his element. Lanes stage presence was on point, jumping around the stage, interacting with the audience, to even making his way out into the crowd posing for selfies and giving high fives.

What makes modern country shows so intriguing is the blend of pop and R&B into the country genre, with Lane’s audience reveling in both worlds. It’s this factor that makes Lane an interesting performer, harboring the ability to cleverly move from a sentimental moment serenading a fan on stage, before simultaneously turning the venue into a nightclub and rock concert with an amazing encore show.

Lane’s ability to make songs from other genres his own while still rousing fans with his original material not only reflects his understanding of the modern country world, but proves he could very well make his way into the genre’s elite.

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