Last night, New York country fans kicked off the week at Hammerstein Ballroom with country superstar, Luke Bryan. Two years in a row, Bryan has played an exclusive New York City show during the first week of December. Last year was an intimate Pandora event in honor of the release of his sixth studio album, What Makes You Country. This year the event was presented by Citi/AAdvantage, releasing tickets exclusively for cardholders, along with Bryan’s Nut House fan club members.
As the music started, the band began to take their spots leaving Bryan to make a solo entrance on the catwalk saying, “How are we feeling tonight?! Where are the country girls at in downtown Manhattan? This is our last show of the year right here!,” before opening the show with his infectious hit, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” The superstar was not one to disappoint when it came to putting on the best show for his fans. The last time he was in our area was his Metlife Stadium show in June of this year. Just like then, he had a ton of energy on stage and tried to get as close to the crowd as possible. He was constantly on the catwalk, taking audience member’s phones to snap selfies, as well as signing people’s hats throughout the night.
It was a night to never forget, he sang all his hits and fan favorites like, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” “What Makes You Country,” “Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “Crash My Party,” and “Rain Is A Good Thing.” As the night went on he stopped to talk to the crowd about the holidays, exercising, and football, while mentioning, “This is so fun!… It’s just amazing to get to play like 2,000 seaters, it’s been a few years since I’ve done that. Now don’t get carried away I do love playing Metlife now!”
Even though it was a Monday night, it didn’t stop the crowd from coming out and having the time of their lives while singing back every lyric all night long. Right before the encore, Bryan sang “Play It Again,” but couldn’t leave the stage until he heard it sang back to him one last time in 2018. The crowd erupted in cheers while he led the sing-along, with every person in the crowd singing the lyrics right back to him as seen in the video below.
As the night was coming to an end, he sang his encore songs, “Move” and “That’s My Kind Of Night,” leaving everyone energized and wanting more. Before leaving the stage for good, he thanked the crowd once again for showing up and saying, “We will see you in 2019! Thank you Hammerstein Ballroom!”
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