The third stop on the final leg of That’s My Kind of Night Tour was on February 12, 2015 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Broken Bow recording artists Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser opened up the evening.
First up was Dustin Lynch. “If you got it on nine, you got it too low. Crank that ten til the Kenwoods blow,” the opening lyric to this concert inspired song, co-written by Dustin, certainly set the theme for the night – LOUD and ready to take this party up “To The Sky”! Most notably, the stage chemistry between Lynch and his band is one of a kind and that delivers a breathtaking performance every time. While Dustin performed “Halo” and “Mindreader” off of his iTunes #1 debuting sophomore album Where It’s At, he snapped selfies with fans and continually vocalized gratitude for them as well as this opportunity to live his dream playing music every day. His latest single, “Hell Of A Night” preceded a steamy cover of Drake “Hold on, We’re Going Home” as he continued to make exceptional use of the extended stage. Closing out his set was the certified Gold single, “Where It’s At”. Tonight, at the Yum! Center, was definitely where “it” was at!
After a short intermission, it was time to “Go Out With My Boots On” as Randy Houser fiercely entered the stage belting the party tune. He introduced himself to an already enthusiastic crowd as he led into “Growin’ Younger”, a peppy track off of his 2013 album How Country Feels. The title track from his sophomore album “How Country Feels” stole the show as Randy cleverly performed it as a singalong, involving an eager crowd. Beginning with an acoustic version of the chorus, the #1 single “Goodnight Kiss” permeated the venue as his wildly talented band joined in and kicked it into high gear. Feeling out the audience, Houser admitted that most times he takes the stage with no expectations in a set list. As he passionately played his guitar, he sang “My Kind Of Country” followed by the crowd favorite, “Friends In Low Places” before closing out with his latest hit single, “Like A Cowboy”.
As the room darkened once more, all attention drew to the circular extended part of the stage, smack dab in the center of the venue. A Ring of fire appeared and a big, black, jacked up truck raised from underground. On top of the truck, stood the highly anticipated man of the night, Luke Bryan, belting the title track of the tour, “That’s My Kind of Night”.
Tremendous momentum took over as Luke confidently strutted the extended stage while he threw us back to the beginning of his career, with his classic hit songs “All My Friends Say’, “Rain Is A Good Thing”, and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”. Lifelong fans and new-found fans alike were satisfied when he gracefully transitioned almost an entire musical decade to today’s chart toppers, “Play It Again” and “Roller Coaster”. “Roller Coaster” slowed things down a bit, bringing Luke back to the main stage and showcasing a roller-coaster on the big screen while everyone threw their hands up in the air to mock a roller coaster.
There is a reason that Luke Bryan is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. His stage set up is easily one of the largest I’ve seen, and he makes excellent use of it. He was constantly taking in every bit of energy from his fans all across the venue, stopping to take selfies amid doing his signature “shake” in his tight-fitting skinny jeans while crooning along to our favorite songs, like “Someone Else Calling You Baby”. While he cooled down, Bryan strutted the catwalk, making time to thank the openers, Randy Houser for his incredible vocals, and Dustin Lynch, who he joked is the self-proclaimed best turkey hunter. Luke plans to test that out and get back to us on the verdict, so stay tuned!
One of the most memorable moments was when Luke spotted a sign in the audience announcing a girl’s 21st birthday, posing the question to drink a beer with Luke on stage. His response, of course was “Well, C’mon then!” and he brought her up on stage. After asking for her ID to prove it, he fumbled through her purse, questioning a few items before confirming that she was indeed 21 before he could serve her a beer. He serenaded her and they cheers’d a beer! What a memorable birthday! Check out the exclusive clip below!
A grand piano replaced the jacked up truck from the introduction of the concert, as Bryan sat down to humbly belt one of the first songs he ever wrote, “We Rode in Trucks”. Following that was “Shut it Down” in which he beautifully dedicated to all the farmers and their families in attendance. One of the contributing factors to Luke’s continual success is the he still practices his songwriting. He explained that while he was on the road with Florida Georgia Line last year, the ACC Awards Best Collaboration winner, “This Is How We Roll” was born. As he performed the smash single, he radiated with humble pride and gratitude. He then shouted out to his good friend Cole Swindell as he performed “Beer in the Headlights” which was co-written by Swindell.
Luke continued on to “Crash My Party” and then disappeared under some smoke on the circular extended stage. Seconds later, he appeared again – this time on a dock, playing the emotional single, “Drink a Beer”. It’s not a secret that Luke has suffered several losses this past year, so this song is an important part of healing for him. He asked that everyone pause, think of a person they lost, whom they used to drink a beer with, then take a sip of beer for them and continue to sing the chorus once more.
The room darkened again as the speakers went BOOM BOOM, obviously leading into “Drunk on You” and then a sagacious mash-up of “I Don’t Want this Night to End” with Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” as everyone threw their hands up in the air as directed. Feelings of suspense filled the room while everyone desperately chanted for Luke to make one final appearance.
Lights flashed and the music thumped as the prospective encore commenced with Bryan up on a platform on the main stage, playing his latest single, “I See You”. The night came to a dramatic close when the familiar sound of “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” encompassed the room. For a final time, Luke’s signature shake took over, and every girl was swooning, cheering and shaking it right alongside.
From the nosebleed seats to the pit of the stage, every seat in the house was provided a unique view with a custom concert experience. With three of country music’s most adept stars on one ticket, you will definitely want to catch a ride on the final leg of That’s My Kind of Night Tour, or buckle up for a revamped set on the highly anticipated Kickin Up the Dust Tour, launching in May!
Author: Tiera Bolt
Mix 1 part momma + 1 part writer + 1 part hairstylist. Add the love of laughter, adventure, and caffeine. Blend well with a passion for country music and hockey. Sprinkle with sass, and that’s me.