Luke Bryan is undoubtedly an experienced musician when it comes to crowd pleasing tours and making best-selling albums. He began in 2007 and has since created 15 number 1 singles and sold 8 million albums. This Georgian-born Nashville artist is back on the road across 2016 with the Kill The Lights Tour and fans can see Luke Bryan in Denver in September. Bryan promises to bring the best setlist of greatest hit, a great live show with visuals and crowd interaction and two of the hotest support acts in the country genre.
This Luke Bryan Denver concert gives fans the chance to enjoy the full experience of the bro-country star’s music live.
There are some die-hard country fans that are a little surprised by Bryan the first time they see him come out on stage as he does not look like your stereotypical country star. The cowboy accessories have been ditched in favor of a baseball cap and tight jeans and, at times, the 39-year-old looks more like a former boyband member than a country singer. This is all because of a subgenre called Bro-country. A modern, masculine take on country styles and party songs akin to modern stars like Florida Georgia Line. Bryan is an artist as influenced by hip hop and the Beastie Boys as the classic country artists like George Strait and Merle Haggard and has won over a legion of younger fans with songs like Crash my Party’, Drink a Beer’, Drunk on You’ and Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day. Even so, he was twice named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association, has his own exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and was the co-host of the ACM awards for 4 years running. The country world appreciates the work of this artist, and so do thousands of fans. Bryan is no stranger to performing live to large audiences, having performed during the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving and at New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ in Times Square, and he will be right at home at this Denver venue.
The show takes place at the home of the Colorado Rapids.
On September 9th and 10th 2016, Bryan will bring his style of country music to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. This arena is the perfect venue for large scale party in the city as it is no stranger to an enthusiastic crows and some big names.This sporting ground is predominantly used for soccer – as the home of the Colorado Rapids – but also hosts rugby sevens tournaments, lacrosse and other events. When the bands roll into town, this 18,061 sports venue becomes a 27,000 capacity stadium for concerts. Just a few days before fans get to see Luke Bryan in Denver, the stadium hosts Phish’s annual three-night Labor Day residency.
What can fans expect from this Luke Bryan Kill The Lights Denver show?
This Denver show comes part way through the enormous country-wide run of dates for the Kill the Lights tour – a jaunt named after his most recent album. It is his fourth headlining concert tour and comprises of an extraordinarily long run of dates from February 18th to October 26th 2016 – which means 68 dates over 2 legs. So far, the tour’s set-list has been packed with big hits that don’t disappoint. He has begun with Rain is a Good Thing’ and Kick the Dust Up’, ending with an encore of Country Girl’ and the aptly named I Don’t Want This Night to End.
What Bryan may lacks in vocal performance – according to the causal fans and many of the critics at the opening leg of the tour – he makes up for with energy and crowd interactions. The set list often contains many of his most fun, party songs for fans to sing and drink along to – with a few slower numbers for the girls to enjoy. Bryan has learnt that a few hip gyrations and boy-band poses along the way will bridge the gap between bro-country manly drinking songs and the female audience – and in some cases has earned him some enthusiastic responses and underwear thrown in his direction.
This Denver Luke Bryan show also has some acclaimed support acts to enjoy.
Aside from the occasional change on some dates across the tour, the vast majority of shows on this run have been supported by Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. This continual run of support acts means that a bond has clearly developed on the road and these acts have joined Luke on stage for a few duets and crowd-pleasing covers. Little Big Town’s Karen Farchild has guested with him on Home Alone Tonight’, while Dustin Lynch has lent his vocals to the Brooks and Dunn cover Play Something Country’.
Little Big Town won the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for Girl Crush’ this year. They are a long standing group that excels in 4 part harmonies and provides a fun complimentary sound to the main act. They were also recently part of the Country 2 Country European tour with Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and others. Their new album, Wonderlust’, is a departure from other recordings, with eight tracks produced by Pharrell Williams. The group showcase a lot of confidence onstage, which is best seen in their opening number of an acapella version of Jolene’, and there has been plenty of praise for Farchilds’s vocal talent. The opening act, Nashville-born Dustin Lynch, is a newcomer by comparison, at just 31 years of age and with 2 albums under his belt. The most recent, Where It’s At’, was released in 2014 and placed 2nd in the US country chart. Fans and critics on the Kill The Lights Tour so far view Lynch as an appreciative artist with a high energy set.
Luke Bryan in Denver will prove that bro-country can pack out large venues with the right artist.
Fans of Luke Bryan and this new sub-genre of country music only have a couple more months to wait before the Kill The Lights tour rolls into town and they can join in with the fun at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Thousands of fans are sure to have a great night singing along to the greatest hits, drinking along to the best drinking songs and appreciating this diverse line up of stars in one of the city’s best venues.