LIVE: Luke Bryan / Little Big Town @ SPAC, 7/31/16

August 15th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The country music crowd came out in full force for Luke Bryan’s 2016 Kill the Lights Tour at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to cap off the July concert calendar.

And while there was no question that Bryan was the headliner and the main draw, Little Big Town certainly had a mighty big crowd of their own fans on hand. Following the 30-minute opening set by Dustin Lynch, LBT offered an hour-plus set, frequently snapping selfies with fans’ cell phones during the performance.

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From the opening “Rain Is a Good Thing, Bryan was the partymeister, shakin’ and shimmyin’ his way though nuggets like “Drunk on You,” “Strip It Down” and ” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” Bryan also generously brought out both of his opening acts toward the end of his set, covering not only Brooks & Dunn, but also Ed Sheeran and Marvin Gaye.

SECOND OPINIONS
Excerpt from Kirsten Ferguson’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Dressed in tight black jeans, a white designer t-shirt and a black baseball cap that he frequently flipped around to wear backward while running his hand through his hair, Bryan sang about turning a cornfield into a party scene on rural good-time anthem ‘Kick the Dust Up.’ He covered fellow fun-loving country bros Florida Georgia Line on ‘This Is How We Roll.’ ‘Drunk on You’ celebrated summertime and drinking culture. And on ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,’ Bryan played up his hunky shtick to the fullest – gyrating his hips and blowing kisses to the crowd. It would all get a bit much, but Bryan has a campy sense of humor and an ever-present grin that makes his sexy onstage swagger seem like a bit of a joke. The 40-year-old singer shimmied and pointed his finger in a jokingly suggestive manner at a handful of young women wearing ‘Luke’ trucker hats during the foot-stomping ‘Move,’ and for a brief moment he broke out a falsetto to sing the start of ‘Girl Crush,’ the big hit by opener Little Big Town.”

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

Little Big Town