The 2022 Coors Light Birds Nest concert series at the Waste Management Phoenix Open kicked off on a warm February evening in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first of four shows being led by Tennessee-based country superstar Cole Swindell. Fans of all ages flocked to the titanic white pop-up tent, enticed by the familiar sounds of Swindell’s new-age country beats blended with vintage vocal chords. With bass lines thumping and bodies swaying, Swindell quickly cut to the chase with his chart-topping hit “Single Saturday Night.”
Under the power of soul-shaking drumbeats and ardent guitar rifts, Swindell proceeded to take the captivated audience through a range of eclectic emotions with such songs as “Sounded Good Last Night,” “Love You Too Late” and “Break Up in the End.” The opening act, however, concluded on a high note with the surprise appearance of fellow country singer and hometown hero, Dierks Bentley. The Phoenix-based Bentley and Swindell wrapped up the impressive showing with their popular duet, “Flatliner,” and left fans wanting more.
As the lights began to dim on the first show, the stage turned, and the crowd rotated with it. The drums and guitars onstage were replaced with an expansive turntable as the anticipation and excitement grew for headliner, Diplo, to take the stage.
The Grammy Award winning DJ’s ensuing performance catered to all the senses, with bone-shaking bass drops, hair-raising high hats and teeth-clattering claps. Pyrotechnics erupted and plumes of smoke clouded the stage as the energetic audience shuffled to the electronic beats pumping through the speakers.
A setlist of psychedelic blends of pop and hip-hop songs remixed, as well as original pieces from his LSD trio, lit the stage on fire as the night bled into early morning. Confetti cannons burst high into the sky as voices raised higher. With an off the Richter performance in the books, Diplo had provided just the right level of grandeur to start this year’s concert series with an indelible bang.