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article imageReview: Luke Bryan fabulous at Jones Beach Theater in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 28, 2017 in Music
Wantagh - On August 27, country mega-star Luke Bryan headlined Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, as part of his "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" Tour .
"What's up Jones Beach? Let's go!" Bryan exclaimed, and he kicked off his high-energy set with "Move." "Let me hear you one more time," he shouted.
"Jones Beach. This is my kind of night. C'mon," he said, and immediately broke into "That's My Kind of Night," which was very appropriate. "Nobody is more hardcore for a Sunday night party," he admitted.
"Y'all read to kick the dust up?" he inquired, and the answer from the Jones Beach audience was a resounding yes, as he sang the spitfire "Kick the Dust Up," as he had them stomping along.
He continued with his first No. 1 single "Rain is a Good Thing," where he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, and the stage featured a neat background with tornadoes and rain droplets. "Who's feeling frisky on a Sunday night?" he asked.
Bryan continued with "This Is How We Roll," his collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, which he performed solo, which was still awesome. He had the crowd waving their hands up in the air.
"Jones Beach. How are you feeling tonight? Thank you for selling this place out tonight," he said, graciously. While he did admit that his allergies were giving him a hard time, one could never tell since Bryan was a true trooper and gave it his all throughout the night.
He also shared that he was able to do four consecutive shows in one state in one month, and he accomplished this milestone in New York. He tipped his hat to the men and women in the Armed forces, as well as the police officers, firefighters, security guards and teachers in America, among others, where his fans were chanting "U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A." in return.
One of the highlight vocals of the night was "Crash My Party," where the crowd were nuts, featuring his smooth and mellow voice, and he incorporated the song's chorus as a neat singalong, which was a marvelous sight.
"Thank you for singing along," he said, effusively. He soared on the upbeat tune "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," and introduced his latest radio single, "Light It Up," which marked one of the few times that he performed it live.
Bryan showed his prowess on acoustic guitar on the slow-moving ballad "Fast," and after a sip of water, he kicked the Jones Beach country party into full gear with the infectious "Drunk on You." He paraphrased the lyrics to "drunk on Jones Beach" and "high on New York summertime." He ended it in a soothing fashion, with yet another crowd singalong, where they did an excellent job.
"How are we doing, New York?" he asked, and despite the allergies, he was still belting out hit after hit. His live rendition of "Roller Coaster" was accompanied by fun video graphics with a beach and a Ferris wheel.
He took his listeners on a trip down memory lane to the earlier songs of his career with the rowdy "All My Friends Say," and his personal theme song "Country Man." "The country girls in New York need a country man," he underscored.
Bryan sang "Play It Again" on guitar and ended it on piano. He brought back his opening acts, Craig Campbell and Brett Eldredge, where they sang with him on Alabama's Mountain Music" and the party anthem "Sweet Caroline."
"Strip It Down" had a sultry and romantic vibe to it, where many couples were slow-dancing in their seats. One of the most moving songs in his set was the tear-jerker "Drink a Beer," which went out to anybody who has ever lost somebody special in their lives (that they wish they could have a beer with).
"Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" was another fun tune for the Jones Beach crowd, especially his male fans, and he closed with "I Don't Want This Night to End" and his signature song "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)."
The Verdict
Overall, Luke Bryan was phenomenal at the Jones Beach Theater. He gave his Long Island fans a Sunday night of country music to remember. When it comes to entertaining, Bryan and his band members are true masters. His live concert in Wantagh garnered five out of five concerts.
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