Old Dominion Electrifies Bryce Jordan Center With ‘No Bad Vibes’ Tour
Old Dominion, Chase Rice, and Kylie Morgan rolled into Happy Valley Friday night as part of the trio’s “No Bad Vibes” tour. Headliner Old Dominion rocked the Bryce Jordan Center for two hours, providing fans with a blend of country, rock, and pop music.
Morgan opened the performance with her 2021 hit “I Only Date Cowboys,” as the sold-out crowd found its seats. She sang “Sugar Daddy” before jumping into renditions of Gwen Stefani’s “Sweet Escape,” “Rich Girl,” and “Hollaback Girl.”
Morgan thanked the audience at the Bryce Jordan Center for being a part of her first arena tour, then sang newly released “Country Girl” before closing with her first top-40 country radio single “If He Wanted To He Would.”
Strobe lights lit up the Jordan Center around 8 p.m. to welcome Rice to the stage. He opened with one of his newer songs, “Way Down Yonder,” and mentioned it was his first time playing in State College.
Rice moved into his 2013 hit “Ready Set Roll,” as his guitarists rocked out on stage. He acknowledged looming finals week for many students at Penn State and reminded everyone to live in the present and celebrate Friday nights.
He took a long sip of a beer and sang “Bad Day to be a Cold Beer” to the pumped up crowd. Many in attendance returned the favor and sang it right back to him. He then performed “Lonely if You Are” and “I Walk Alone” before pulling out a guitar of his own and singing the first major hit he co-wrote with members of Florida Georgia Line: “Cruise.”
Rice then covered one of the most famous country songs ever recorded, John Denver’s “Country Roads.” He handed the microphone over to a few fans in the front row to let them take a verse at the familiar melody, too. As the singer-songwriter transitioned into a performance of “Oklahoma,” a “We Are” chant broke out among fans inside the arena.
Rice continued to entertain the crowd with one of his No. 1 hits “Eyes on You.” He dedicated the next song to all of the dog owners in the crowd as his black lab, Jack, ran out onto the stage to accompany him. Rice and his best friend sat together as he sang a wholesome rendition of “Bench Seat.” At the conclusion of the tune, Jack — donning a Penn State football jersey — ran around and licked the fans sitting by the stage. Rice rocked out to one final song, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen,” as he hoisted a Nittany Lion helmet and disappeared backstage.
Headliner band Old Dominion took the stage a short wait later, and the Bryce Jordan Center quickly became standing-room only. Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung, and Brad Tursi started out, guitars in hand, with one of their hit songs, “Make It Sweet.” Drummer Whit Sellers played behind them.
The next song included the lyric for which the tour was named after, “No Hard Feelings.” Lead singer Ramsey broke out a glockenspiel before tossing the mallet into the crowd.
The band then performed “Never Be Sorry” as the lighting panel above the stage lowered, showcasing one of the many technological wonders the Bryce Jordan Center has to offer. The group sang “Break Up With Him,” which was very well received amongst the fans. Ramsey let the crowd sing one of the choruses, and they enthusiastically complied.
Moving over to the corner of the stage, the lead vocalist sang “Midnight Mess Around” as he interacted with fans sitting in the front. As an introduction to the next melody, “No Such Thing As a Broken Heart,” Ramsey encouraged everyone in attendance to get on their feet and sing as loud as they could.
There was then a break in the music as he took a moment to address the audience, acknowledging the many signs being held up with song requests.
The band resumed by playing “I Should Have Married You,” while Ramsey sang and took selfies with fans. A chill vibe settled over the arena when “Written in the Sand” played, as clips of rolling ocean waves adorned the video screens.
Old Dominion then turned to the audience for its next song. A young birthday girl holding up a sign wanted to hear the band play its 2023 song “How Good Is That,” and it honored the request. The setlist continued to be determined by the fans, as the band played “Paint The Grass Green” next, a very rare song for Old Dominion to perform live. Rosen seemingly misplaced his guitar before they played it, delaying the show for a few, humorous seconds.
The band then broke into one of its popular hits, “Snapback,” as an exaggerated guitar riff transitioned the melody into that of “Hotel Key.” Rosen played the keyboard for the 2017 tune. A passionate performance of “Memory Lane,” the band’s most recent No. 1 song, followed as Ramsey, Rosen, and Tursi joined Sellers on the back part of the stage.
Taking a moment to catch his breath, Ramsey enjoyed a sip of beer. After the brief pause, he continued by singing “One Man Band,” as flashlights lit up the Bryce Jordan Center. Tursi joined Ramsey on the main microphone at center stage.
The next performance was “Song For Another Time,” as the crowd waved its arms in the air while four band members moved to the front of the set. A virtual Megan Moroney made an appearance, as a recording of her played on the screen when Old Dominion sang “Can’t Break Up Now,” a melody co-written by Moroney and the group.
In between songs, Ramsey provoked the crowd with a loud “We Are,” the crowd responded appropriately with a deafening “Penn State.” Taking another fan request, the band played “Said Nobody” followed by a rendition of Kenny Chesney’s “Save It For a Rainy Day.” In the middle of the Chesney cover, Ramsey tried to find the loudest side of the arena, energizing fans before trying to get them silent…with little luck.
“My Heart Is a Bar” was the last song played before the encore, when the band came out for two more songs: “Hawaii” and “I Was on a Boat That Day.” The finale — which featured an accordion performance from Rosen — put the good vibes in the No Bad Vibes tour, closing out an epic night of country music at Penn State.
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