Morgan Wallen electrifies packed house at Grand Forks' Alerus Center
Wallen is a bonafide country music star, with multi-platinum certifications and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs. His most recent album, "Dangerous: The Double Album," topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and had the biggest streaming week for a country album in history.
GRAND FORKS — Morgan Wallen put on a show for more 20,000 people at the Alerus Center on Saturday, March 12.
Wallen is a bonafide country music star with multi-platinum certifications and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs. His most recent album, "Dangerous: The Double Album," topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and had the biggest streaming week for a country album in history.
Among those in the packed Alerus Center were Alicia and Taran Nitschke.
“We made it before the snow,” Alicia said as a brief snowstorm picked up outside the Alerus Center.
The two traveled three hours from Jud, North Dakota, to see Wallen live for the first time.
“His music is just really good,” Alicia said. “You can listen to a whole album without having to skip through it, and he just doesn’t care. He’s just his own person. He’s a great artist.”
After opening acts Larry Fleet and Hardy took the stage for an hour and a half, and after another short break in the action for fans to have their last chance to purchase food and beverages, Wallen’s presence was teased at 9 p.m. by the venue speakers playing a recording of one of Wallen’s new songs, "Broadway Girls" — a collaboration he did with Lil Durk. Wallen then took the stage and played more than 20 songs, including "Sand in My Boots," "Somethin’ Country" and "Up Down," after which he addressed the crowd.
“What’s going on North Dakota?” Wallen said. “Thank you so much for being here. My name is Morgan Wallen. I really appreciate it. This might be the biggest crowd on the tour so far.”
The crowd appeared to be a sellout, with few empty seats to be found throughout the Alerus Center. Early indications are that the crowd rivaled some of the Alerus Center's largest attendance figures.
Band members were set up in between the spaces in a giant "M" and "W," propped up on the stage. Wallen encouraged the rowdy crowd to sing parts of each song while trekking back and forth across the stage, extending into the standing-room crowd. Wallen played the hits, and the rowdy crowd ate it up from start to finish.
The concert was marked by a long lines of cars waiting to get into the Alerus Center parking lot. At 6 p.m., cars were backed up on all streets that approached the Alerus; vehicles coming on DeMers Avenue, for instance, were backed up for blocks and waited more than 30 minutes before getting into the parking lot.
The next concert at the Alerus Center is Alice Cooper, who is performing April 7. Tickets are on sale now.