Cole Swindell was the first opening act, and he wasn't too bad! He has a lot of energy, jumping around on-stage. I just wish he'd taken off his hat, because given he's a rising star we need to learn to recognize his face. There were a couple of moments where I don't think he was getting the proper feedback in his ear, so we had a few cringeworthy notes... but still entertaining.
The next act was a full ten songs from Dierks Bentley. It was interesting how you could see the increase in stage confidence and performance with each act. Dierks was great, and he really got the crowd going.
I went into the concert familiar with a few Luke Bryan songs, but I may have left a fan. The stadium was packed to its rafters with people singing along, and Luke and his band are very talented musicians. He even took some time to sing solo while playing piano. I was very impressed.
What's interesting to me is, every single artist at some point took the time to stop and thank the troops serving overseas, and talked about how great America is. That is so very country music, right? I think it's a nice touch for this veteran.
|Look at all the cell phones glowing....|