The pop-country genre has faced a huge resurgence over the last five years, and a lot of that has to do with the sensational work of Luke Bryan.
What can I expect at a Luke Bryan show?
Luke Bryan is all about the theatrics and the bombastic energy of the concert. He wants every fan singing along, and he is not afraid to ask for it. His sets incorporate favorites and deep cuts from his four studio releases, most notably 2013’s Crash My Party which remains his highest charting album to date. A recent show opened where Luke Bryan was raised on a platform standing on top of a black pickup truck and surrounded by a ring of fire. How’s that for making an entrance?
Luke Bryan has a full band accompany him live, but you should expect a few acoustic tracks to break up the flow of the show. Bryan loves to chat with the crowd. In the past, he has made announcements, such as which track would be his next single. But he will also introduce songs with a little narrative, which remains light, playful, and full of heart. He has been known to pull people onstage (including a young boy who helped him sing an older hit) and sign autographs from those milling around in the pit.
The 2014 tour is known as the ‘That’s My Kind of Night Tour,’ and it will be his first featured in arena-sized venues.
What songs will Luke Bryan play in concert?
The 2014 Luke Bryan tour is notably in support of his 2013 release, Crash My Party so expect a lot of tracks from that last release. The first half of that record is well represented. The title track is a mainstay, alongside “That’s My Kind of Night” and the rambunctious pop number, “Drink a Beer.”
Bryan does represent his debut from 2007, unlike many other artists of his caliber. Single, “Country Man,” reminds the crowd of Bryan’s origins as a singer. ‘All My Friends Say’ from the debut record will likely make a presence.
The setlist is rather consistent, because Bryan does not have the decades of deep tracks to pull from. But fan favorite, “Country Girl,” from his 2011 album Tailgates & Tanlines nearly always closes the show out. Though it is consistent, it always garners a huge sing-a-long from the crowd.
Below is most of the setlist you can expect in 2014.
That’s My Kind Of Night
Rain Is a Good Thing
All My Friends Say
Someone Else Calling You Baby
Play It Again
If You Ain’t Here to Party
Crash My Party
Drink a Beer
Drunk on You
The Only Way I Know
Country Girl (Shake It for Me)
How long is a Luke Bryan concert?
Because of the upgrade to arena-sized venues in his 2014 run around the country, Bryan has boosted his setlist length from the more modest 80-90 minutes to a beefier 100-120 minutes. The shows boast a more prolific assortment of work, and the latest release is well-represented without throwing off too many older tracks.
Who are the opening acts on the That’s My Kind of Party Tour?
Luke Bryan hand-selected two fantastic opening acts for the first leg of the tour, and they will continue on through 2014. Cole Swindell is the first of the pair. He is expected to release his self-titled debut album right in the middle of the grand tour.
Lee Brice has a bit more time on the road. His Hard 2 Love album was very well-received in the country community, and the single “I Don’t Dance” exemplifies a lot of what Brice represents in an ironic and biting way.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Luke Bryan’s tour?
Luke Bryan has his very own fan club, known as the Nut House. It features a number of fantastic attributes that make the $25 a year a worthy price of admission.
Select tickets are hand chosen to be provided exclusively through the fan club presale. These tickets are often high caliber, featuring front row spots for a large number of shows. More traditional tickets can be found throughout most venues through the fan club as well, though they are not directly determined by the fan club but provided from the show venue.
Prices are fair, and if you hope to get a hold of great tickets to the show before anyone else, the Nut House is one of the only ways to do it.
Presales are announced about a week before the public onsale. They will be sent by email for any venue in a 250 mile radius of your respective location. Tickets are not sent to you by mail, to reduce scalping, but available for pick-up at the show.
If shelling out $25 for the fan club is a little rich for your blood, check into the venue, radio, LiveNation or Citi cardmember presales. Citi cardmembers simply need to use their credit card at checkout to take advantage of this presale offer. The local venues and radio stations are also running presales so be sure to signup for their mailing lists to stay in the know concerning offer codes.
Is Luke Bryan’s show more country or more pop?
It is a fair question, because pop and country seem to exist on a whole different scale. Though Luke Bryan has the strong pop hooks of a traditional pop artist, he has this clever charm and comforting accessibility about him. He seems very approachable, which has a lot to do with his looks and stage presence. Though there may be a couple thousands people there, you feel as if you are right there on stage as his backup singer. At the show, you can expect big pop hooks with his patented country twang.
Who is Luke Bryan’s publicist?
For those looking for media access to Luke Bryan’s concerts, reach out to his press contact Jessie Schmidt with Schmidt PR. Schmidt PR handles many megastar country acts including Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“What fans know best about country music is how it makes them feel, and even in January in Ohio, the music takes the listener back — be it to the first time they heard a song while riding shotgun in their friend’s truck, to summer night bonfires with friends back home or to some of the hardest memories they have. Country music is real, and its relatability amplifies the experience of seeing an artist, like Bryan, live.” – Caitlin Essig of The Lantern
“Yet that’s part of Bryan’s wide appeal: he’s a pretty boy, but a good ol’ boy. He seems charming, even amid fumble-footed dance moves that remind one of a marionette swaying and bouncing in a windstorm.” – Phil Luciano of JournalStar
“He’s a goofball, but he’s The People’s Goofball, gleefully stealing stadium-sized moves from hard rock and hip-hop alike. So what if the blaring guitars drowned out the fiddle and pedal steel and banjo most of the time? Nothing he does is subtle — he has a song called Rain Is a Good Thing and a chorus that goes “Girl, you make my speakers go boom-boom” — but nothing he does is boring, either.” – Rob Harvilla of The Columbus Dispatch
Dirt Road Diaries Tour (2011-2012)
Started January 17, 2013 in Evansville, Indiana – Ended October 26, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida
Tour Opening Acts: Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square