It was hard to tell who had more fans in the crowd Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.
For every guy in the venue eager to hear Nashville’s blue collar, Everyman Jason Aldean, there seemed to be a starry-eyed girl there just for up-and-coming chart climbers Florida Georgia Line.
“We are obsessed with Florida Georgia Line!” said Valerie Goldblatt, who came down to the Jordan Center all the way from Buffalo, N.Y., to catch the second night of Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour, with openers Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.
Alyssa Knee, of Frenchville, has wanted to see Aldean in concert for years. She missed him as an opening act for Miranda Lambert at the Clearfield County Fair a few years back, and the last time he played the Jordan Center. She caught him this time, though, finally getting to hear him croon “Big Green Tractor” in his trademark straw Stetson.
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For Sean Corl, 4, it was his first concert, and he just couldn’t stop bouncing in his floor seats.
“He’s mommy’s date,” said Sarah Dillman with a big grin.
Corl had ear plugs to soften the blow for his tiny ears, but he still knew just what he wanted to hear, his favorite, “Night Train.”
Goldblatt and her friends weren’t disappointed in their favorite, either.
Florida Georgia Line might not have headlined, but they still stormed the stage like rock gods with a Southern drawl, keeping the audience dancing through their hits, like the girls’ pick, “Party People.”
The sold-out crowd even showed newcomer Farr plenty of love.
“Just seeing them live, it’s so different from a recording,” said Hannah Barnes, of Buffalo.