Luke Bryan performs for around 20,000 on second show at Kubiak Farms
CONWAY TOWNSHIP – About 20,000 people turned out in Conway Township for country music star Luke Bryan’s second Farm visit show in Livingston County.
To get a picture of the marching band, it’s the approximate equivalent of 10% of Livingston County’s population dancing, cheering and clapping in a 40-acre hay field where the sun was setting beautifully and the stars were shining brightly. lights.
Bryan fans who visited the Kubiak Farm for a second year in a row confirmed that this year’s concert came with more bonuses and fewer traffic issues.
Brent Brown commented on how easy it was to get into the gate and park compared to last year. He remembers that it lasted four hours, whereas on Saturday it was only a few minutes.
“I like the way the stage is set up,” said Brown, who found her seat for the concert hours before the lights came on.
Fans came from all over the Midwest, but there was a strong presence from the Livingston County area.
For Dansville resident Adam Scott, who has been following Luke Bryan for years, attending concerts from Mount Pleasant to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, the fact that he’s back for a second year is exciting.
“Last year was amazing. Coming to the area and all the extra business it brought to the area was amazing and having the opportunity to have such a big superstar in the area is really, really cool. “Scott said. .
Scott admits he’s been a country fan all his life and Bryan is in his top 5 country artists along with Florida Georgia Line and Johnny Cash, who is his all-time favorite.
“I do a mix of old country and new country,” Scott said.
For Alexis Scott, a 2009 Fowlerville High School graduate, it’s a big deal to see a superstar in her hometown.
“It’s pretty cool that he’s been to our town twice. I never thought Luke Bryan would come to Livingston County. We wouldn’t miss him, but you have to if he comes to your town. hometown”, Alexis Scott.
She added that she’s been following Bryan since she was little, with her butt shaking and all.
Adam said when the pair first started dating, they were listening to Bryan’s “Crash My Party” album.
travel far and wide
Coming from Sylvania, Ohio, Deanna Finch and Jessica Necessary made their way to the concert.
“It’s something to do. We go to a lot of shows,” Finch said.
The duo said they love a wide variety of country music stars and consider each other country concert friends.
Others drove just 15 minutes down the road, like Johnny Rose of Webberville who admits he couldn’t miss the show. He attended with members of the Howell Eagles.
“People are what it’s about,” Rose said.
Since his debut, Bryan has racked up approximately 30 No. 1 hits and racked up more digital singles than any other country artist, according to a statement.
Bryan is a celebrity judge on ABC’s “American Idol” and returns in 2023 with megastars Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
The country music artist travels across the United States and visits six different farms in Indiana, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan. The Kubiak family’s hay field is on Sherwood Road, near their main Webberville farm and the border between Webberville and Fowlerville.
According Great Open Country, The Luke Bryan Farm Tour began in 2009 to give back to local farming communities, with proceeds from the tour going to charity and creating scholarships for the farmers’ students.
In anticipation of the big show, attendees heeled with tents, coolers, a cornhole and beer pong. They played country music to get in the mood for the day ahead.
Luke Bryan sang “I Don’t Want This Night to End”, “Kick the Dust Up”, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”, “Knockin’ Boots”, “One Margarita”, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”, among others .
“It’s amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Paul Hodges.
Hodges received an extra ticket from his daughter and son-in-law for the concert.
Although he admits that he is not a fan of country music, but prefers more rock-n-roll, he still enjoyed it.
“It looks like Woodstock,” he added.
Bryan was joined by opening acts Jameson Rodgers, The Peach Pickers and Riley Green. DJ Rock entertained the crowd between sets.
Rodgers took the stage first, waving to the crowd, saying, “Wassup Michigan.”
He followed his first song with “Cold Beer Calling My Name,” and audience members raised their glasses in the air. He also sang “Missing One”,
“I’m honored to be here. This is my first farm visit,” Rodgers told the crowd.
He also sang “I Don’t Know About You”, which he wrote for Chris Lane and “My Kinda Livin'” By Hardy.
“It’s one of the best crowds we’ve played for in a very long time,” Rodgers said.
He added that he would have new music coming out this month and next. He capped off the set with his debut single, “Some Girls.”
The peach pickers followed Rodgers, consisting of Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Rhett Akins is the father of Thomas Rhett, a country music singer with six studio albums who is currently touring across the United States. He was joined by the young son of Thomas Rhett.
They played songs by country artists such as Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton and others. Throughout their 12-song set, voices echoed throughout the room.
Riley Green followed with a myriad of songs, including “Half of Me,” which he wrote and sang with Rhett, as well as “There Was This Girl.”
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