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Luke Bryan draws fans from far and wide to BJC

Luke Bryan entertains a packed Bryce Jordan Center as part of his “Kill the Lights” tour on Friday, April 15, 2016.
Luke Bryan entertains a packed Bryce Jordan Center as part of his “Kill the Lights” tour on Friday, April 15, 2016. adrey@centredaily.com

Concerts, no matter where they are, bring fans from everywhere.

Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights” tour wasn’t any different as it made a stop at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night.

Some attendees came from as far south as Alabama, as far west as California and even from Canada.

Sara Durr, Kirsty Moreau and Alyssa Sayers were part of a 35-person group that had members from all over the country. Some of them had sat outside the BJC since 5 a.m. They all wore blue and white T-shirts, which on the front read “We Are” and on the back “Team Luke.”

Their group travels around the country just to listen to their favorite artist, Bryan.

“We’ve just met each other by going to Luke’s concerts,” said Durr, of Youngstown, Ohio.

Bryan headlines the tour, with Little Big Town and rising star Dustin Lynch traveling along.

Sherri Brenneman, of Huntingdon, had tickets already for the event, but they were in the “nosebleeds.”

Brenneman and her sister entered into Big Froggy 101’s contest. The contest was to make a country music video of a current song. They performed Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing,” with a baby, an umbrella and a corn cob involved.

Brenneman won the contest and passes to meet Bryan. She also got a pair of upgraded seats and was able to bring more family members.

Coincidentally, Bryan started his performance with that exact song. He even busted out his famous hip shaking much like Elvis Presley was known for. He then “kicked the dust up” before “kissing tomorrow goodbye.”

Bryan brought some rock into the concert with “I See You.” He threw a shout out to the veterans and thanked the crowd before singing “Crash My Party.”

He then took the crowd on a “roller coaster” ride. He went onto a platform that took him below the stage in “Strip it Down.” He raised from that spot and sang a new hit “Home Alone Tonight” and it raised midway through.

Little Big Town and Bryan came together to sing Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud” and threw in Motown classic “Let’s Get It On.” Bryan and Lynch then combined for Brooks and Dunn’s “Play Something Country.”

Lynch opened the night with an up tempo song called “To The Sky,” and the crowd was amped right away. With his third song, he serenaded the crowd with “Cowboys and Angels.”

Before “Where It’s At,” he picked up a cardboard cutout of himself riding a Nittany Lion. He even debuted a song — “Small Town Boy Like Me.” As he finished with “Hell of a Night,” he and his band handed out guitar picks and drum sticks to the crowd.

Little Big Town kept the crowd involved with “Pontoon” by grabbing another cardboard cutout from the crowd. This one was a big-headed Bryan attached to a Penn State football player’s body.

They were a good way to transition from Lynch to Bryan. Their “Pain Killer” made for an interesting combination of country and reggae.

“Day Drinking” had the crowd standing and waving their hands back and forth. They put a giant disco ball spinning around for “Girl Crush,” and the crowd responded with waving cellphone lights. Little Big Town finished with its popular “Boondocks.”

Nate Cobler: 814-231-4609, @ncoblercdt

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