Written By | Amy McKeon
Nothing goes better with the hot days of summer than a cold beer and good music and that’s what Luke Bryan brought to Dallas with his Proud to be Here Right Now Tour stop in Dallas on Saturday night. Fans who were eager to see live music shows return filled the Gexa Energy Pavilion and had it buzzing with anticipation and an energy that hasn’t been seen in months with the world shut down during the pandemic.
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Runaway June, a trio of talented women, took the stage first to start the night. Similar in vibe to country’s big female led trio, The Chicks, these ladies did not disappoint with the smooth vocals and bluegrass influence evident from the first note of their song, Lipstick. Lead vocalist, Naomi Cooke, is a natural front woman with plenty of stage presence and energy that is complimented wonderfully on stage by her counterparts Natalie Stovall on fiddle and Jennifer Wayne on guitar. Stovall donned a crowd pleasing outfit reminiscent of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader uniform with a navy blue top emblazoned with the question ‘What Would Dolly Do?’ The ladies of Runaway June seemed to answer the unspoken question by treating the early arriving crowd to catchy hooks and loads of musical talent to back it up.
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Next up was Louisiana native, Dylan Scott, who kept the party rolling and the energy high. After his opener, ‘Hooked’ he even did a little short cover of ‘I Got a Feelin’ to let everyone know that he was here to make sure that the fans were in for a good, good night. To introduce his next song ‘Beer Buddies’ he searched the crowd for a few fans who were game to help him out with a challenge. He elaborated that the tour had been up North recently and he was sorely disappointed in their ability to ‘shotgun a beer’ properly. After retrieving a couple of Luke Bryan’s Two Lane beers from his drummer, he found two willing participants who proceeded to ‘set a record’ with their impressive shotgun abilities. Dylan Scott was clearly impressed and happy to be back ‘home’ before rolling on with the rest of his set. Scott displayed impressive guitar skills and lots of charisma that set the crowd up for the show they were going to get from Mr. Luke Bryan.
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Finally it was time for Luke to hit the stage. The crowd was buzzing with anticipation, some stomping their boots and waving hats in to coax him onstage. The crowd was varied in ages from the smallest fan wearing her cowboy boots and her brand new oversized Luke Bryan tour t-shirt waving excitedly and bouncing up and down to the older men who lifted their beers in a toast as Luke raced onto the stage beneath a strobing disco ball to open with ‘That’s My Kind of Night’. Luke seemed as excited to be in Dallas as much as the fans were excited to welcome him and his signature dance moves for a night that would not soon be forgotten. Luke rolled through hit after hit like ‘What Makes You Country’, ‘Crash My Party’ and ‘Play It Again’ to keep the crowd on their feet and dancing. Luke has a unique stage presence that is refreshing to see after so many months without live shows. The party never stopped and seemed like only minutes had passed before Bryan was inviting all the country girls in the crowd to ‘shake it’ and wrapped the night with what seemed to be the perfect song ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’.
Despite the August heat that blanketed the entire venue and had the crowd sweating, Luke Bryan seemed to be the one truly on fire.
Photo Credit | Amy McKeon