The Music Beat: Sam Hunt Threw a ‘House Party’ at UVA

April 15, 2024 By Alice Berry, aberry@virginia.edu Alice Berry, aberry@virginia.edu

Country music star Sam Hunt wrapped up his “Summer on the Outskirts” tour at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday night.

“We’re celebrating the last eight months here,” Hunt said of the tour, which began last summer with openers Brett Young and Lily Rose.

It was fitting, then, that he performed his hit song “House Party” early in the show, along with other well-known tunes like “Outskirts,” “23” and “Body Like a Back Road.”

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Between tour stops, the five-time Grammy nominee has performed at the CMT Music Awards in Austin, Texas, and put out a new EP, titled “Locked Up.”

If you couldn’t make the concert or just want to reminisce, take a look at some photos from the show.

Brett Young talks to crowd with an outstretched hand
Opener Brett Young is known for songs like “Lady” and “Dance With You.”
Lily Rose singing into microphone
Opener Lily Rose’s viral hit, “Villain,” propelled her to stardom, but she credited Hunt during the show with bringing her to Nashville.
Crowd illuminated in a red light as Sam Hunt entered the stage
The crowd at JPJ erupted into cheers when Hunt came on stage.
Hunt high fiving a crowd member monitored
Hunt doled out high-fives as he walked through the crowd during “House Party.”
Sam Hunt singing hard into the microphone on an elevated portion of the stage
In an interview with UVA Today, Hunt cited Johnny Cash, Otis Redding and Frank Sinatra as musical influences.
Sam Hunt with front porch background on stage
Before his solo career, Hunt wrote songs for other country musicians, including “Cop Car” by Keith Urban, which Hunt covered on Saturday.
Hunt smiling as he adjusts his microphone
Hunt returned to the stage to sing “Body Like a Back Road” as an encore.

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