‘It’s damn good to be in Detroit’: Parker McCollum, openers perform in sold-out Fillmore


Teddy Morin

Parker McCollum (middle left) tips his hat to the sold-out crowd alongside band guitarists Brady Beal (left), Will Knaak (middle right) and Alex Weeden (right) during the last song of the night, an unreleased “Hurricane” which is set to be on McCollum’s upcoming album. February 3, 2023.

Parker McCollum, a Texan country music artist, sold out his Friday show, Feb. 3, in The Fillmore in Detroit.

Catie Offerman, a fellow Texan, opened up the show for McCollum with some of her own music. Although she is “a new name to country music fans,” according to the bio on her website, the audience did not let her relatively recent appearance in music prevent them from dancing to and enjoying Offerman’s country melodies. 

The fans loved every second of the performance and showed it with their roaring applause throughout her performance. 

Corey Kent holds up two fingers whilst introducing himself to the audience. February 3, 2023. (Teddy Morin)

After Offerman and her two musicians, Shaun Richardson and Sam Kossler, exited the stage, Kent and his band made a unique entrance with clips of popular classic country songs being played before they walked out in front of the Detroit crowd. Kent played a few of his own songs as well as a couple of songs that ranged from country to rock and roll, including a cover of “Come Together” by The Beatles with a little more rock in it than the original version which had the audience singing every word. At the end of their performance, a woman in the front row caught the attention of one of the band members as they were exiting the stage and convinced him to toss her an unopened beer bottle from the stage, which she did not catch and shattered at her and a few other audience members’ feet.

The band member tosses the beer bottle from the stage toward the woman. February 3, 2023. (Teddy Morin)

Popular country music, including songs by Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and others, continued to play in the background while the stage was set up for McCollum and his band. 

On the stage, the video screen, which was separated into three portrait-like screens, parodied a slot machine; Whenever the background song would change to a new artist, the three screens showed a slot that spun from the previous artist to the next, showing the artist and their name in all three slots. 

Finally, after a few songs played, the slots rolled to McCollum’s logo and the band walked out onto the stage, starting up “To Be Loved By You,” a #1 song on Billboard and Mediabase country charts.

Parker McCollum plays guitar and harmonica for “Rest of My Life.” February 3, 2023. (Teddy Morin)

McCollum, the 2021 ACM New Male Artist of the Year Award winner, then appeared from behind the rising middle video screen for his opening line to the song. McCollum and his band followed it with “Wait Outside” and “Meet You in the Middle.” 

Leading up to the next song, he addressed the crowd: “Well, hello,” McCollum started. “My name’s Parker McCollum, [and] I’m from Conroe, Texas. It’s damn good to be in Detroit! I didn’t know Detroit got down like this, man.” 

The band continued to perform, playing “Drinkin’” followed by singles, songs from his previous albums and even a couple of unreleased songs for the rest of the show.

McCollum ended the night with “Hurricane,” one of the songs on his unreleased album. Throughout the song, fans threw shirts and hats onto the stage for him to sign; some fans were successful, but others ultimately ended up losing their merchandise which remained on the stage, unsigned. 

Detroit, we love y’all so much, goodnight!

— Parker McCollum

One fan caught McCollum’s attention during the show by bringing a flag that looked like it had a connection to Texas, which the artist allowed her to bring up to have him sign it. She shook his hand and returned back to the crowd.

Fans seemed to not want to leave after McCollum concluded the show, despite The Fillmore’s security asking them to exit the floor area. They lingered around, a few of them attempting to retrieve their abandoned clothing that was left on the stage. Cans and bottles were scattered about the floor as well as some of the liquid that created sticky layers around the standing area.

Outside of the theater, in the main lobby area, merchandise tables for all three artists were set up with display racks behind them. Boxes were filled with shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and other merchandise. The line ran up the stairs and around the balcony.

The Fillmore’s main lobby where the stairs shown to the right is where the line ran up and the merchandise area was set up in an area behind the location of the image. Accessed February 7, 2023. (Live Nation)

After the show, McCollum posted five pictures on Instagram from the concert with the caption, “Sold Out last night in Detroit. ‘Twas an absolute floater. (That means it was a[s] good as it gets).”