The “Waves” singer brought his electrifying Proud To Be Right Here tour to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday (July 30), marking the arena’s first sold-out show of the year and Bryan’s eighth time performing to a sold-out or beyond capacity crowd at the venue.
The reigning ACM Entertainer Of The Year exploded on to the stage with “That’s My Kind Of Night,” as the crowd erupted into a roaring applause.
“Bridgestone, Nashville …What’s up? Let’s go!” Bryan told the capacity crowd as he entered the stage on the catwalk.
Bryan’s show featured a larger than life production that included a massive disco ball, colorful lasers, spotlights, video screens and a cat walk that extended through the general admission fan pit.
“I want ya’ll to understand something. At 11 ‘o’clock I’m supposed to be off the stage, but we’re closing the whole city down tonight, alright,” Bryan promised. “If anybody leaves, I’m calling your ass out, alright?”
Bryan continued to tell the crowd, “It’s been over a year in a half and it’s time for some country music fans to get their damn money’s worth tonight. ‘Cause I don’t know if we gonna be doin this shit next weekend. Who knows? Y’all might be drinking beer through a mask in two weeks.”
The electrifying set included some of Bryan’s biggest hits such as “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” “Kick The Dust Up,” “One Margarita,” “Crash My Party,” “Rain Is A Good Thing,” “That’s My Kind Of Night,” and his latest single “Waves.” The set also featured a cover of Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down,” which blended perfectly with the tropical vibes of “One Margarita,” and a collaborative performance of “All My Friends Say” with Dylan Scott and Caylee Hammack, who serve as support on the trek.
However, that wasn’t the only special performance of the evening as Bryan has some surprises up his sleeve for the Nashville concert.
“We’ve got some crazy ass people that come out to party with us tonight,” the Georgia native said. “I’m about to have the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”
Following a performance of “All My Friends Say” alongside Dylan Scott and Caylee Hammack, Bryan surprised the Nashville crowd with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard for a performance of their 2013 collaboration, “This Is How We Roll.”
Moments later, Jason Aldean joined Bryan for “The Only Way I Know,” a chart-topping hit from Aldean’s Night Train album that features Bryan and fellow country superstar Eric Church.
The biggest surprise of the evening was when Bryan, Aldean and Hubbard welcomed their “good friend” Morgan Wallen, who performed two of his chart-topping hits, “More Than My Hometown” and “Whiskey Glasses,” following a deafening cheer from the sold-out crowd who welcomed Wallen back to the stage for his first major performance since the controversial video that surfaced earlier this year.
Bryan, Aldean and Hubbard joined Wallen for an explosive all-star performance of Aldean’s “She’s Country.”
The “Down To One” singer ended his set 30-minutes past curfew with a mesmerizing performance of “I Don’t Want This Night To End.”
Supporting the country superstar on the trek were Dylan Scott and Caylee Hammack, and the show marked both of their debut performances at Bridgestone Arena.
Scott served as direct support on the tour and stunned with an impressive set, that allowed his confident stage presence to be put on full display, that included fan-favorite hits such as “Hooked,” “My Girl,” “Nothing To Do Town,” and his latest single “New Truck.” During his set he also performed some ’90s country covers including Nitty Gritty Band, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Keith Whitley and more. A highlight of his performance was when he performed his Top 10 hit “Nobody,” which featured a massive sing-a-long as the sold-out crowd illuminated the arena with their cell phone lights.
Hammack kicked off the evening with a 7-song set that featured tracks from her debut project, If It Wasn’t For You, including “Small Town Hypocrite,” “Family Tree” and more, in addition to covers of Eric Church’s “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” The rising star and Georgia native let her charismatic personality shine vibrantly throughout opening set.
Luke Bryan’s Proud To Be Right Here Tour runs through October with stops in major cities such as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and more.
See photos from the sold-out concert below.
Remaining Proud To Be Right Here Tour Dates
Aug. 5 – Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Aug. 6 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 7 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 8 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 12 – Columbia, Mary. @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 13 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 14 – Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Amphitheater *
Aug. 19 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 20 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Ruoff Music Center
Aug. 21 – Chicago, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 27 – Rogers, Ark. @ Walmart AMP
Aug. 28 – Dallas, Texas @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Aug. 29 – Brandon, Miss. @ Brandon Amphitheater *
Sept. 3 – Welch, Minn. @ Treasure Island Amphitheater
Sept. 23 – San Diego, Calif. @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 24 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ AK-Chin Pavilion
Sept. 30 – Bend, Ore. @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
Oct. 1 – Bend, Ore. @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
Oct. 2 – Portland, Ore. @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Oct. 8 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Staples Center *
Oct. 9 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct. 10 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Toyota Amphitheatre
Oct. 14 – Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
Oct. 15 – Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center *
Oct. 16 – San Bernardino, Calif. @ Glen Helen Amphitheater *