By: Julia Singer//

img_5895.jpgLuke Bryan is one of the most sought after country stars. Popular among country and non-country fans alike, Bryan has been able to sell out almost every show he does. I went to see Bryan on Sunday, July 16th at the PNC Banks Arts Center for his Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday Tour. Bryan brought along two of my favorite artists as openers, Lauren Alaina and Brett Eldredge, which made for an even more exciting experience. Not to mention, it was Bryan’s “birthday eve,” so I couldn’t wait to see what the night had in store.

This was Alaina’s last night on the tour, so it was definitely a special one. After her run on American Idol and having five failed radio singles, Alaina stood proudly on that stage as her song, “Road Less Traveled,” earned her a number one song on country radio. IMG_5897Alaina had to sacrifice a lot for her newfound stardom, as described in her song, “Three.” Alaina let out a few tears before performing this song, making it clear how happy and thankful she was for all that she has been given. It was inspiring to see how far Alaina has come, and hopefully she will only have more success in the future.

Eldredge was next, and he was just as fun as you would expect him to be. Opening up with “Superhero,” it was clear that Eldredge’s set would be… well, super! His energy on stage was contagious and when he got to “Somethin’ I’m Good At” and “Wanna be That Song,” the whole crowd was on their feet, singing along. It was obvious that he loved touring and being on stage. Eldredge even brought out his dog, Edgar, to say hi to the crowd.

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The minute Bryan stepped out on stage, it felt as if we were all just guests at his giant birthday party. Starting off with “Move” and “That’s My Kind of Night,” Bryan was able to make the crowd sing and dance like never before. As a frequent concertgoer at this venue, this had to have been the loudest and most passionate crowd I have seen yet. And of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday party if the whole crowd didn’t roar “Happy Birthday” to the man of the hour. As the night rounded out, Bryan went on to sing most of his other hits and even covered “Sweet Caroline” which was an unexpected twist, but fit perfectly in the set list. I’m so thankful I got to see Bryan on this tour, because I have wanted to see him for so long! If given the chance, go check out the Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday Tour for great music, good times, and even better people!

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