Luke Bryan Gives Crowd-Pleasing Country Show at Busch Stadium, Seasoned with Fireworks and Flames

By Amand, Amanda St | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), August 27, 2018 | Go to article overview

Luke Bryan Gives Crowd-Pleasing Country Show at Busch Stadium, Seasoned with Fireworks and Flames


Amand, Amanda St, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


When the very first song from the man who drew 40,000-plus to a baseball stadium to hear him includes fireworks and cauldrons of fire, you are in for a show.

And while Luke Bryan's tour is called "What Makes You Country," it looked more like "What Makes You Vegas" in its stop on Saturday night at Busch Stadium, with the lasers and the rotating stage parts and did we mention the fireworks?

At his core, though, we want to believe Bryan is more about the music as he sang and shimmied through "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" as that big opener to "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" and "I Don't Want This Night To End."

At stadium shows, much of the crowd likely focuses on the giant video screens on either side of the stage since the band looks pretty small from way back and up high -- and those screens were generous with views of Bryan from the backside. Yup, his dance moves are legend in country circles.

But he also was in good voice -- as he always seems to be -- as he gave the crowd 26 songs in a taut 1 hour, 55 minute show, including the encores.

One of the night's big ovations came for "Most People Are Good," and there were some plenty of singalongs on tunes like "Drink a Beer" and a rousing, guitar- and fiddle-rich cover of Alabama's "Dixieland Delight." There were also the obligatory (and brief) hat switches where Bryan traded his own cap for a St. Louis Blues hat, then later a St. Louis Cardinals cap.

Bryan also did an abbreviated cover of "Good Directions," the Billy Currington hit that Bryan co-wrote. …

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