‘I like the way he shook it’: Luke Bryan satiates country fans at sold-out Bryce Jordan Center concert

For the CDTFebruary 9, 2013 

Luke Bryan raised the glass jar of moonshine to his lips, took a big sip and passed it to a fan, who then proceeded to follow suit and force down a gulp.

“If you ain’t got no kids, you ’bout to,” Bryan yelled to the fan to an eruption of cheers and laughter from the crowd.

The prominent country music artist rolled into the Bryce Jordan Center Friday night as part of his “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” Performing for the sold-out crowd, Bryan exuded electrifying energy and personality — making the trip to State College more than worthwhile for fans forced to travel in adverse weather.

“You all aren’t letting no snow storm hold you back,” Bryan exclaimed.

The night started early, with opening performances from Florida Georgia Line (”Cruise”) and Thompson Square (”Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”). Both acts received high praise and provided fans with plenty of excitement before Bryan hit the stage for his headlining performance.

Dressed in black from head to toe, Bryan kicked off with “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” a hit from his most recent album, “Tailgates & Tanlines.” Met by the roar of fans and dreamy-eyed expressions of women throughout the Jordan Center, Bryan exemplified his showstopper abilities and enthusiastically rolled through a set of his most popular songs, including “Muckalee Creek Water,” “Too Damn Young” and “Drunk on You.”

Dancing across the stage, Bryan reflected on his first debut album, “I’ll Stay Me,” and performed its hit songs “Country Man” and “All My Friends Say.” He proceeded with a few tracks from his second album, “Doin’ My Thing,” by playing “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Do I” and “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets.”

Bryan and company also performed Jason Aldean’s recent hit, “The Only Way I Know,” a song that features Bryan and fellow country star Eric Church.

With some help from Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square, Bryan ventured outside of the country music realm and played covers of Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

For the encore, Bryan transitioned back and forth between “I Don’t Want This Night to End” from “Tailgates & Tanlines” and a cover of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” Bryan ended the night with another recent hit, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” also from “Tailgates.”

“My favorite moment was when Bryan came back out and sang ‘Country Girl,’ “ said Williamsport native Allyson Rothrock. “I liked the way he shook it.”

“For a 30-year old, he can move,” said University of Delaware sophomore Laura Askin.

With a fantastic combination of energy, personality and production, Bryan’s performance sold out the Jordan Center for a reason.

“It was an awesome concert,” Penn State alumnus Charles Carson said. “He seems like a very cool guy that would be an awesome time to hang out with.”

Jon Blauvelt can be reached at cdtweekender@centredaily.com.

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