Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell

MARICOPA — When he’s on stage, singing to fans, Cole Swindell says it’s hard to hide his smile. Being on stage is one of his favorite places to be.

“I love being on stage,” he said. “And it’s something I’ve missed this past year.”

On July 31, Swindell will take the stage at The Event Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin as the facility opens up again to live, in-person concerts and events.

“I’m so excited for this show. I’m a huge music fan. I love going to shows and performing. After this past year of virtual shows and concerts, it will be nice be in front of an audience again. See how they respond to the music and feel their energy,” Swindell said.

With each show, he said, he aims to connect with the audience.

“When they leave the show, I want them to feel like they know me a little bit better.

Swindell is a country music singer and songwriter. His show at Harrah’s will feature his hit “Single Saturday Night,” along with other favorites crowds expect to hear.

“There will also be a few surprises,” he said.

Swindell is a Grammy-nominated multi-Platinum performer and a songwriter who has written hit singles for Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery and Luke Bryan.

A native of Georgia, he majored in marketing at Georgia Southern University, where he met fellow singer Luke Bryan.

He sold merchandise and T-shirts from Bryan and was writing songs on the road when he made the switch to performing.

“I was writing songs and someone said to me ‘why aren’t you performing these?’ So I started recording,” he said.

Since then, he has released three albums and nine singles, including seven that charted within the Top 5 of Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay.

Some fan favorites include “Love You Too Late,” “Right Where I Left It,” “You Should Be Here” and “Middle of a Memory.”

When he’s on stage, he said, he focuses on ensuring the crowd has a good time.

“I’m so excited for this show and happy to be back on stage performing for people,” he said.

The July 31 show begins at 8 p.m. Doors open an hour prior to the start.

Ticket information is available online at www.caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin/shows.

Concert-goers are required to have their temperatures checked and wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.