Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 19, 2018) – Five years ago this week, Brandon Lancaster, (vocals), Chandler Baldwin, (bass guitar), Jared Hampton, (keyboards), Tripp Howell, (drums) and Eric Steedly (guitar) played their first show as the country group LANco in front of 15 family members. Today, with a Billboard top-ten hit, “Greatest Love Story”, and the just-released album, Hallelujah Nights (Sony Nashville) to their credit, LANco has been thrust into the forefront of country music.
Tonight LANco had the honor to open the show for the sold-out Chris Young: Losing Sleep World Tour 2018 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Michigan. From the onset, the fans in attendance could tell tonight was going to be a little different than normal. With the loyal following that LANco has developed during their short existence, and their popularity growing daily, Van Andel was packed early and buzzing with anticipation.
As the band took the stage at 7:30 PM for a 35-minute set, the sold-out venue erupted with excitement. Brandon Lancaster, the matriarch, and namesake of the band put on a show few will soon forget. Performing highlights from the album that was just released today, Hallelujah Nights, Lancaster’s presence and interaction with the fans made the set feel shorter than it actually was. The performance flowed effortlessly with each song and kept the crowd engaged and on their feet throughout the night. As the last notes of Billboard top ten fan favorite,“Greatest Love Story”, brought the night to a close for LANco, it was evident by the loud cheers of approval why they were chosen 1/22 Cream of Country 2017!
Senior Photojournalist: John Swider