Jiffy Lube Live is one of the biggest concert venues in the DC area and Luke Bryan didn’t just sell out seats for one night but for two back to back nights of nothing but pure entertainment. May 30th and May 31st were two of the biggest nights for country music fans in the area. The parking lots were jammed packed with rowdy country music fans ready to throw down with some pre-concert tailgating. However, the real party took place once the gates were opened.
Cole Swindell kicked off the show. I actually missed his set due to some issues at the box office, however, I’ve seen Cole perform live and he is unbelievable. He is flawless. He has amazing vocals, great stage presence and a God given gift of songwriting that will blow your socks off.
Lee Brice took the stage shortly after Cole’s set. One thing you can always count on when you see Lee perform is that he leaves everything on the stage. He gives the crowd everything he has. He performed his new single “I Don’t Dance” which is phenomenal live. He has some really strong vocals and he knows his limitations. He also performed fan favorites such as “Love Like Crazy” and “I Drive Your Truck.” In my opinion the best part of Lee’s set was when he performed a new song titled “Drinkin’ Class.” It was a really good song and he performed it well. Lee Brice is something special, country music needs more artists like him.
Headlining act Luke Bryan came out full speed. There is no one more entertaining than Luke. I’ve seen very few artists who can entertain the way he can. Luke is known for his sexy dance moves and his humor on stage. He welcomed everyone to the “Dirt Road Diaries” tour and then laughed as he said ‘Dirt Road Diaries Tour? I think I bumped my head when I fell the other night so I’m a little cray cray. Welcome to the That’s My Kinda Night Tour.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with his injury, Luke fell off stage during a performance in NC on Thursday and ended up with stitches on his leg. However, at least he can joke about it. He is a good sport. Luke performed songs such as “Country Man” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” Both singles were early on in his career but still play a big part in his performance today. Fans seem to love his older stuff. I noticed he really stepped his game up this year as far as stage set up and graphics are concerned. Everything looked over the top and it’s obvious he had a goal to really entertain. One of the best moments from the entire tour was when Lee Brice and Cole Swindell joined Luke on stage to perform “This Is How We Roll” which is a duet originally performed with duo Florida Georgia Line. Cole Swindell is one of the co-writers on the song which made the performance that much better. The three of them together were explosive. Chemistry was insane, energy was incredible and it gave a extra spark to the entire thing. Luke also gave out beer to the crowd as he sang “Suntan City” which is featured on his Spring Break 4 album. I love when I see a tour like this, where you can tell how much work is put into it and how the artist really does enjoy performing. Luke Bryan is not only gifted vocally but also his ability to connect with the crowd and entertain is exceptional. He has grown so much since last year’s tour and continues to impress with his amazing talent. That’s My Kinda Night Tour was definitely my kind of Saturday night.