Mat Kearney

Access Showroom at Aliante Station, Feb. 24

Twenty minutes after showtime, the Oregonian folk-rocker joined his four-piece band as the sold-out crowd jumped to its feet. After the first song, “Fire & Rain,” Kearney asked the crowd if they were awake. Perhaps weary from their long drive to Aliante Station, the crowd seemed slow to energize. But by the fourth song, they had—rising to their feet, clapping their hands and singing along to the lyrics of “Down.” In turn, Kearney ran through the showroom, slapping high-fives and hugging audience members. He finished with the rap-influenced single “Undeniable” and then quickly returned to the stage for a three-song encore that included a rendition of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” He ended the night with his most energetic single “Hey Mama,” which he probably should have played first. ­­★★☆☆☆

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