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Review: Fans gladly crash 'hottie' Luke Bryan's Tampa party


Published:   |   Updated: October 25, 2013 at 01:06 PM

Luke Bryan has got that real good, feel good stuff, and Thursday night at the packed MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, he showed fans just how good that stuff is.

“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” opened Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries tour stop at the amphitheater and arguably this year's biggest country hottie wasted no time taking the chill out of the air. Tight jeans and a sexy swagger make Bryan just as fun to watch as he is to listen to.

Bryan's sexy stage presence is a crowd pleaser and he seems to know it, flashing a come-and-get-me-grin and dancing like a man who was there to have a good time.

The Georgia native has been on fire since making his debut in 2007, and Thursday's show was a highlight reel of the mark he's made so far on country music. The Academy of Country Music's 2013 entertainer of the year performed his string of hits from “Rain is a Good Thing” to “Crash My Party.”

But it was Bryan's hit “My Kind of Night” that sparked the frenzy that kept the night on fire.

His music doesn't tend to stray from the standard themes of beer, babes and trucks, and that seems just fine with Bryan's fans. After all, why fix what ain't broke? Whether he's going a little crazy after seeing an ex (“All My Friends Say”) or falling in love with a stranger (“I Don't Want This Night to End”), Bryan's lyrics are relatable and “Shake “It” worthy.

Fans heading to tonight's repeat performance at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre can expect great music, crazy fun energy and a heck of a good time.

Florida Georgia Line opened for Bryan, and though the first few minutes were marred by a sound problem, once it was resolved the duo rocked the crowd. “Rocked” being the key word – the two give off a vibe that's more a frat boy/rocker than cowboy. After taking a few swigs from a bottle of Fireball, the duo nailed their set, which included “Get Your Shine On,” “Tip It Back,” and, of course, “Cruise,” this summer's country anthem.

The pair played an extended set due to Thompson Square's last-minute cancellation, due to Shawna Thompson's illness. (Thompson Square won't be performing tonight, either). The boys are awesome playing their own tunes, but their cover of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's “Young, Wild and Free” was my favorite moment of their performance. Well done, boys. Well done.

Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan take over the amphitheater tonight at 7. Get there early, the show is sold out and traffic will be heavy. Plus, there's tailgating that has to be done, right?

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