New York City’s Bungalow Bar, located in Rockaway Beach, is the epitome of summer with its nautical decor, waterfront views and laid-back atmosphere. It’s the kind of place that allows one to escape the hustle and bustle of the city into a vacation retreat, even if only for a few hours. On Friday night, Russell Dickerson headlined the bar’s End of Summer Country Bash, presented by New York County Swag, and he bid farewell to summer in a big way.
Taking the semi-outdoor stage around 10:30pm, Dickerson barreled through his catalog and a few covers, leaving quite the impression. While he took a break from his tour with Billy Currington to swing through Queens, Dickerson performed as if there were tens of thousands of fans in the audience. His energy on stage was palpable, getting the crowd to sing along, jump up and down and kiss summer goodbye in a big way.
Highlights of his nearly 90 minute set included his take on Love and Theft’s “Whiskey on My Breath,” which he co-wrote and a fun spin on Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” When it comes to his own songs, there was the crowd favorite “That’s My Girl,” which he co-wrote with Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and the uptempo “MGNO.” Other highlights were “Blue Tacoma,” which should be released to country radio immediately and the huge wedding anthem “Yours.”
While Dickerson may not be a household name just yet, his energy, stage presence and talent definitely make him one of country’s most promising new stars.