For the members of the award-winning country band Old Dominion, good vibes aren’t the only positives they have experienced on the road in 2023, as their “No Bad Vibes” headlining tour has also racked up a $15 million gross since kicking off early in the year. Announced last October on the heels of the group’s supporting gig on Kenny Chesney’s 2022 “Here and Now” tour, Jan. 19 was set as the launch date for the North American trek staged primarily in arenas, although amphitheater dates have also been part of the mix during the summer months.
Promoted by the Messina Touring Group in partnership with AEG Presents, the tour visited 29 venues during its first leg – from the opening performance at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana through a sold-out show at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine on July 28. With a total of 31 performances reported during the six-month-plus timeframe, the sold-ticket total on the tour currently stands at 206,741 for an average of 6,669 tickets sold per show.
Now with a brief respite in August nearing an end, the group is set to return to the road for another string of dates beginning Sept. 2. First up will be a headlining appearance on the second night of the “JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience” in Snowmass, Colorado with Brothers Osborne and James Bay also in the lineup. Then on the following Thursday, they’ll begin another North American jaunt booked mainly in arenas that continues throughout the fall until mid-December. A Sept. 16 concert in Niagara Falls, Ontario at OLG Stage, the Fallsview Casino’s new 5,000-seat theater, and an outdoor event on the 28th at Credit One Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina will also be part of the arena run.
One of the highlights of the “No Bad Vibes” tour is the group’s record-setting concert engagement at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado where they saw career-best gross and attendance totals produced from two sold-out concerts. Performing at the Denver-area outdoor venue on May 27 and 28, they sold a total of 18,671 tickets, priced from $49.95 to $129.95, for a combined gross of $2,052,149 – the highest on record since they first appeared in Pollstar as an opening act for a concert in Baltimore in May 2013.
Red Rocks was the first of two double-show engagements on the road this summer, as the group also played two nights at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys in Stateline, Nevada on June 30 and July 1. That event drew 15,067 fans to Friday and Saturday night performances which produced the band’s second-best all-time ticket count for a headlining engagement. The Tahoe shows also marked a return to the venue, as the group previously played there in 2021, selling 13,702 tickets for back-to-back performances on July 23 and 24 during their “An Evening with Old Dominion: The Band Behind the Curtain” tour.
Along with the Denver and Tahoe venues are two arenas that scored the highest box-office figures for one-show dates on the tour. Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena has the top ticket tally for a single performance with 10,243 sold seats for a concert on Jan. 28. The show was the group’s second headlining event on record in the city, as they also performed at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto on April 27, 2017, packing the performance hall with a crowd of 1,373 in attendance.
With a box-office take of $647,909, the Scotiabank Arena show this year was one of the top-grossing events on the tour – the second highest, in fact, among one-night engagements. Surpassing it was a July 26 sellout at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania with $708,785 in ticket revenue, the top gross for a single-show stand – on the “No Bad Vibes” tour or on any tour in the band’s history. While it’s their only headlining date ever in Reading, they have four other concerts in Pennsylvania stored in the archives: two previous shows in Philadelphia along with gigs in Bethlehem and University Park.
An analysis of Old Dominion’s complete box-office history shows that the reigning “Group of the Year” for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music has a total of 186 headlining concerts in the Pollstar archives, dated from October 2013 through July of this year. Combined grosses for the group during the past decade total $37.2 million with a sold-ticket total of 680,229.
While most of their shows have occurred on U.S. stages, the band has 29 shows on record at 26 venues in Canadian cities. Although most of the buildings have one event logged in the archives, ENMAX Center in Lethbridge, Alberta; Peterborough Memorial Centre in Peterborough, Ontario; and Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta each hosted the band in two separate years.
Stateside, there are seven venues with two engagements in the archives in different years, while one – U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – welcomed the band for two shows during their 2019 “Make It Sweet” tour: one show on Feb. 28 and one at the end of March. Toyota Center Tri-Cities in Kennewick, Washington booked the band in 2018, 2020 and 2023, while Joe’s Pub in New York had them for two shows in April of 2015 and two more that December. The venue with the most shows recorded is St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida with five concerts: one in 2018, two in 2019 and two in 2021.