Country fans will be shaking it for Luke Bryan at 7:30 tonight for his sold-out show at the Bryce Jordan Center.
The Georgia native’s recent album, “Tailgates & Tanlines,” which has sold over one million copies, includes hits “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You.”
Country duos Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line will be opening for Bryan.
“When a show is sold out there is so much extra energy in a building,” Bernie Punt, Bryce Jordan Center sales and marketing director, said. “It’s going to be a magical time.”
Punt said the show is one of the hottest country tours this spring.
Tyler Hubbard, member of Florida Georgia Line, said he loves the energy and adrenaline rush he receives from performing, almost like a drug.
“Everyday we live for seeing what happens and how the crowd responds,” Hubbard said.
Bryan Kelly, Florida Georgia Line member, said being on tour with Bryan is an amazing experience and he tries to learn from him as much as he can.
Kelly said he always tries to watch Bryan’s performance.
“It’s fun to watch him do what he loves and inspiring that so many people go crazy,” Kelly said.
Hubbard said he would describe Florida Georgia Line’s music as “high energy,” and “feel-good.” It reflects the band’s ability and willingness to have a good time.
Kelly said he thinks the past has an effect on what makes a stronger person and musician.
“Growing up in Florida and Georgia we were exposed to all types of music, our influences are all over the map,” Kelly said.
Kelly said the duo is planning on playing music from its recent album, “Here’s to the Good Times,” but may throw in a few surprises.
Punt said he thinks shows like Bryan’s are a good opportunity to see up-and-coming artists in concert that may become the next big stars, citing Bryan as one example.
He said Bryan opened for Jason Aldean at the Bryce Jordan Center in 2010 and now three years later he is selling out arenas.
“It’s exciting that you have these country artists opening and they become headliners years later,” Punt said.