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“What Makes You Country Tour” ft. Luke Bryan + Sam Hunt + Jon Pardi + Carly Pearce @ BC Place Stadium – October 13th 2018

Country music star Luke Bryan performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 13th, 2018

Nashville-native country singer Carly Pearce kicked off the festivities with a feel-good set that had the early arrivers at the stadium captivated and tapping along.

Her fun spirit and soothing vocals made for a great start to this Saturday night. As she stepped down the narrow catwalk out towards the center of the venue, she carried a huge grin and swayed gently to and fro as her voice wafted through the air.

Country singer Carly Pearce performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 13th, 2018

The crowd’s gaze was glued to her as she moved about. Her stardom is rising fast, it was nice to see her at this point in her trajectory.

The stands were barely crawling with attendees at this point, but it was such a large venue, there were still about four to five thousand people enjoying her set.

Next up was California-born musician Jon Pardi. His sound is a little more roots mixed with a lot more rock n roll.

He strolled out on stage in his denim outfit and a perfectly pristine cowboy hat atop his head.

Country musician Jon Pardi performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 13th, 2018

Pardi surrounds himself with stellar musicians which really rounded out the complexity of his performance.

He too worked along the catwalk from the main stage and ventured out towards the masses, a single bright spotlight illuminating his movement.

His set was a little more technical but kept everyone shaking their butts and their attention completely captivated.

Pearce had warmed things up and Jon had further stoked the fire.

The spectating mass of music lovers had tripled by this time, thousands were dancing and drinking as far as the eye could see.

On the floor, near the front of the stage, those around me were having a great old time. They consumed refreshing beverages as quickly as they could and used that to fuel their excitement and impromptu breaks into line dancing.

Georgian singer-songwriter Sam hunt was the next up.

His set was completely different from the rest of the artists, it was a blend of country and rock n roll and some edm.

Country musician Sam Hunt performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 13th, 2018

He was quick on the stage, stalking around like a tiger tracking his prey all while smile extended from ear to ear.

Canons of stage smoke blasted in the air as an intense light show danced forth from the stage.

The set got my pulse racing.

Those around me ceased their dancing and pressed forward with their arms out, trying to touch the star.

Hunt had a headlining quality about his performance, it was that little extra that made it unforgettable.

Fans screamed his name and yelled out the lyrics with him to every song. It was intense and truly impressive.

Country musician Luke Bryan performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 13th, 2018

Topping the night was another Georgia-born musician, the man himself Mr. Luke Bryan.

When he stepped out on stage, the collective screaming of the entire venue shook the stadium.

He strutted out to the end of the catwalk and stood before the near-capacity venue.

A single spotlight glowing from the rafters.

He started things off with “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”, from his 2011 compilation Tailgates & Tanlines. The audience directly around me sang so loud that I could barely hear the stadiums sound system.

Country folk come out and commit. They don’t do anything half-ass.

Bryan, like the other artists from the night, couldn’t contain his toothy smile in response.

His set was electric. Much like Pardi, he surrounds himself with top-tier musicians. Each song had a stunning depth and resonated heartily through the house.

I don’t usually attend too many concerts of this genre but this night made me think I should recheck that standard.

Country musician Luke Bryan performing at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC on October 13th, 2018

I couldn’t help but get caught up in the moment.

It felt like I was surrounded by a family.

Luke Bryan is on top of his game. There is a reason this show was a stadium and not a smaller arena, he has earned his place among the elite in the upper echelons of music.

I was impressed with the production value of the night. Light shows, flame bursts,  smoke bursts, giant digital screens, and lasers, and smoke, and on and on and on.

If you are looking for a great night out, try to catch this tour. You will be hard pressed to have a bad experience.

Overall it was just a really good time out.

Thank you to all the artists and their crew for a fantastic night out.

Luke Bryan setlist
Country Girl (Shake It for Me)
Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day
I Don’t Want This Night to End
This is How We Roll
All My Friends Say
Light It Up
Someone Else Calling You Baby
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Most People Are Good
Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset
What Makes You Country
Kick the Dust Up
Strip It Down
Drunk on You
Crash My Party
Home Alone Tonight
Carrying Your Love With Me (George Strait cover)
Mountain Music (Alabama cover)
Drink a Beer
Play It Again
Rain Is a Good Thing

Encore:
Move
That’s My Kind of Night

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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