Jake Owen Makes Chicago His Kind of Town

photo by Randi Radcliff

Armed with a full beard and a full heart after the birth of his daughter, Olive Pearl, just one week before, CMT on Tour: The Summer Never Ends headliner Jake Owen took the House of Blues stage Thursday night (Nov. 29) in Chicago ready to celebrate.

“I had a crazy week last week,” he told the sold-out crowd of well-wishers. “No turkey for me. . . . I had a baby! And to be honest, it was hard to say goodbye, but y’all are making me feel a whole lot better.”

Warmed up by openers Love and Theft as well as Florida Georgia Line, the Windy City showered Daddy Owen with much love, many carrying gifts for Baby Pearl through the packed meet-and-greet line. Add this to the love Jake’s getting on the charts from his third consecutive No. 1 single, “The One That Got Away,” and the random drinks handed to him by fans throughout his set (“It’s weird to have people hand you beers when I’m up here, behind my desk”), and it’s safe to say the new daddy was having a good time.

Donning a simple V-neck and gray jeans, Jake aptly delivered a set of crowd favorites such as “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” enthusiastically calling out a couple in the balcony (“I see you making out up there!”). Other crowd favorites quickly became singalongs, including “Alone with You,” “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Apple Pie Moonshine.”

“I knew the baby was due, but I didn’t want to cancel on you again, Chicago,” Jake announced, referring to the broken collarbone he suffered while snowboarding earlier this year that resulted in the cancellation of a previously scheduled show. The night wrapped up with everybody back onstage for a rousing encore of Van Halen’s “Jump!” and the sight of Jake being handed a pink baby bottle . . . which we’re fairly sure wasn’t filled with milk. 

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