Luke Bryan Cements His Entertainer of the Year Status with Sold-Out Bridgestone Arena Concert

Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
"We're making music in Music City tonight," Bryan promised.

Thousands of fans descended upon Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday (July 30) for Luke Bryan’s sold-out Proud To Be Right Here Tour. The show marked Bridgestone’s first sold-out show of the year and Bryan’s eighth time performing for a sold-out or beyond capacity crowd at the venue. 

The superstar more than lived up to his title of ACM Entertainer of the Year with a massive, career-spanning set that showcased his biggest hits amongst top notch production. 

Immediately kicking it into high gear with “That’s My Kind Of Night,” Bryan entered the stage beneath an enormous disco ball. As colorful lasers and spotlights lit the path, Bryan immediately welcomed the capacity crowd as he took to the catwalk.  

“Bridgestone, Nashville …What’s up? Let’s go!” he shouted. 

Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Fans welcomed Bryan with a burst of cheers and applause, proving they were ready to party alongside the country hitmaker. 

Without skipping a beat, Bryan grabbed his guitar and went on to perform his 2010 hit, “Rain Is A Good Thing,” prompting fans across the arena to sing along.

“I want ya’ll to understand something. At 11 ‘o’clock I’m supposed to be off the stage, but we’re closing the whole city down tonight, alright,” Bryan promised. “If anybody leaves, I’m calling your ass out, alright?”

Amid the roaring applause, Bryan went on to say, “It’s been over a year in a half and it’s time for some country music fans to get their damn money’s worth tonight. ‘Cause I don’t know if we gonna be doin this shit next weekend. Who knows? Y’all might be drinking beer through a mask in two weeks.”

As fans booed at the mention of masks, Bryan replied, “Who knows? Hey, it ain’t my damn rules!”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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He went on to perform hit after hit, only slowing it down for “Waves” and the romantic “Down To One” before transporting fans south of the border with the tropical vibes of “One Margarita” and a cover of Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down.” 

That’s when the surprises began and kept coming. 

“We’ve got some crazy ass people that come out to party with us tonight,” he teased. “I’m about to have the most fun I’ve had in a long time.” 

Bryan’s Proud To Be Right Here tour mates, Dylan Scott and Caylee Hammack, returned to the stage to join him for a rowdy rendition of his breakout release, “All My Friends Say.” 

After that, Bryan welcomed Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard for a performance of their 2013 collaboration, “This Is How We Roll.” 

Moments later, Jason Aldean appeared from backstage to join Bryan for “The Only Way I Know,” a chart-topping hit from Aldean’s Night Train album that features Bryan and fellow country superstar Eric Church. 

That’s when the biggest surprise of the night came as the superstars welcomed their “good friend” Morgan Wallen to the stage for his first major performance since a controversial video surfaced earlier this year. 

After Wallen performed his chart-topping hits, “More Than My Hometown” and “Whiskey Glasses,” Aldean, Bryan, Hubbard and Wallen joined forces for an all-star performance of  “She’s Country.” 

The cheers and applause were so loud that many fans left with their ears ringing for hours on end.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bryan continued his show with many of his greatest hits, aptly wrapping his set 30 minutes past curfew with “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” 

Since his 2007 debut, Luke Bryan has steadily climbed the country music ladder and proved to be on top of his game time and time again. Friday’s Nashville showcase was yet another career-defining moment for the superstar as he proved to be one of the genre’s leading entertainers with no slowing down in sight. After a tumultuous 16 months, Bryan offered fans inside Bridgestone Arena some sense of normalcy, if only for a few hours. 

Dylan Scott provided direct support and impressed with his unwavering confidence. Scott shared performances of fan favorite tracks such as “Hooked,” “My Girl,” and “Nothing To Do Town,” while also throwing it back to the 1990s with covers of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim McGraw, George Strait and more. He also performed his just-released breakup anthem, “New Truck.” This slot on the Proud To Be Right Here Tour will undoubtedly catapult his career to new heights. 

Bryan’s labelmate, Caylee Hammack, opened the show with a charming set that featured tracks from her debut album, If It Wasn’t For You, and covers of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and Eric Church’s “Smoke A Little Smoke.” 

The show marked both Scott and Hammack’s debut performances at Bridgestone Arena and it surely won’t be their last time playing the famed venue. 

Luke Bryan’s Proud To Be Right Here Tour runs through October.  

Luke Bryan 

Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Dylan Scott 

Dylan Scott; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dylan Scott; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dylan Scott; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dylan Scott; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dylan Scott; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dylan Scott; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Caylee Hammack

Caylee Hammack; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Caylee Hammack; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Caylee Hammack; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Caylee Hammack; Photo by Andrew Wendowski