Tim McGraw talks about performing his song “Humble and Kind”at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Larry McCormack/The Tennessean
Your night with country music royalty is only days away, Des Moines.
Famed power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are set to take over Wells Fargo Arena for a one-night-only performance of award-winning hits.
Here’s a look at what you can expect Saturday when heading to Wells Fargo Arena for one of the biggest country shows of the summer.
It’s going to be a little nostalgic
The show is part of the 2017 “Soul2Soul” tour, a revamped rendition of the original “Soul2Soul” tour launched by McGraw and Hill in 2000. The 2017 run of dates marks the third time the country couple has embarked on a co-headlining stint; “Soul2Soul II” took the two stars across North America in 2006-07.
Flashback to the 2000 version of “Soul2Soul:” The couple, which married in 1996, performed favorite 1990s country tracks such as “This Kiss,” “I Like It, I Love It,” “Where The Green Grass Grows,” “It Matters To Me” and “For A Little While.” There’s a good chance some of those tracks will make it into the Saturday show, but the two stars also have 12 more combined albums of material to cover in a present-day set.
Hopefully not too nostalgic, though
If this show were happening in 2000, the last McGraw record released would have been 1999’s “A Place in the Sun” and Hill’s last effort would’ve been the 1999's No. 1 Billboard charting effort “Breathe” (which featured the No. 1 charting single of the same name). Both would be riding the wave of radio success thanks to hits like “Breathe” and “Something Like That” but neither would be Grammy Award winners (They each brought one home in 2001) or have made pop culture crossover appearances like McGraw’s “Friday Night Lights” role.
But this show is happening in 2017, two decades into Hill and McGraw’s dominance as a power duo. Tracks fans could possibly hear on this tour that weren’t even released when “Soul2Soul” first launched in 2000 include McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” “I Need You,” “Shotgun Rider” and “My Little Girl,” as well as Hill’s "Cry" and "Mississippi Girl."
Be prepared to see the ultimate #RelationshipGoals
St. Louis got its dose of McGraw and Hill in April, when the two invaded the city’s Scottrade Center for a one-night-only show that left the St. Louis Post-Dispatch critic with some serious #RelationshipGoals.
“Did you ever hang out with a couple who have it all — good looks, money, talent and chemistry to spare? Yeah. About 20,000 of us did that on Thursday night,” the review said. “While McGraw and Hill have done several duets over the years, both flourished as solo artists. So some of us — well, I — wondered how they might combine their separate acts into one. The answer? Splendidly.”
Marriage envy aside, it appears numbers such as “She’s a Wild One,” “Pieces of my Heart,” “Live Like You Were Dying” and newly released duet “Speak to a Girl” all make the set. In additional praise, Rolling Stone called the tour a display of “country music royalty.”
“The show's tightly executed production was upstaged only by the couple themselves, who are undeniably at their best when collaborating,” Rolling Stone said.
Be sure to come prepared
Where to park: The Iowa Events Center offers event parking lots north of Wells Fargo Arena for $8 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis. Metered street parking is free on weekends and cost-varying ramps, varying in cost, are located throughout downtown. A full list of parking options can be found at downtowndesmoines.com.
What not to bring: Iowa Events Center security protocol prohibits items such as drugs and illegal substances, weapons of any type, and outside food or drink to enter the arena for shows. A full breakdown of what can and can’t be brought in is listed at iowaeventscenter.com.
Get your country fix before the show
Country fans wanting to get festivities started early can head to one of the show’s numerous pre-parties taking place across downtown. The Iowa Events Center is hosting an official pre-party starting at 3 p.m. in the Events Center parking lot. The party features $4 craft pints, $5 domestic 24-ounce beers and grub from a number of local food trucks. Cost of admission is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Pinky Swear Foundation, a non-profit aiding children with cancer.
Buzzard Billy’s, located a block south of Wells Fargo Arena at 615 3rd Street, is offering a free pre-show party featuring $4 tall boy drinks.
Finally, those wanting to get a taste of Court Avenue before the show can head one of the district's country-themed bars. American Outlaws, located about a half-mile south of Wells Fargo Arena at 214 3rd Street, is offering free limo rides from its pre-party to the show.
“Soul2Soul” in Des Moines
When: Music kicks off with opening act Caitlyn Smith at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St.
More information: iowaeventscenter.com.