Country music star Luke Bryan came to San Bernardino at the Glen Helen Amphitheater, on Oct. 27. Granger Smith and Brett Eldredge warmed up the crowd for Luke as the opening acts.
The celebration began at 3 p.m. when the parking lot was open and ready to welcome the country seeking tailgaters. A lot of country lovers from all over the Inland Empire and beyond showed up to have a good time. In addition, a lot of RVs were parked, many spent the night camping for the event.
The atmosphere of seeing big trucks, handsome men, beautiful women, and the typical jeans/boots vibe was a rush.
Tailgating before the actual event is the pregame. Everyone was warming up for the actual event. Tons of great music was being played throughout the parking lot. A lot of booze and delicious food, accompanied by laughter with friends.
Many games were played to maintain the giggles and shouts, like beer pong, flip cup and corn hole. It was an amazing place to create more memories with friends and loved ones, as well as make new friends.
Everyone was getting along, some shook hands to introduce themselves, others high fived. It was certain that everyone was out to have a good time.
Tailgating happened so quick, at 5 p.m. the gates to the amphitheater opened. Some rushed to get their seats, especially those with lawn tickets. The audience packed into the venue to get a great spot to listen and see the opening acts, and of course the main act, Luke Bryan.
Others remained in the parking lots to enjoy a bit more of the tailgating atmosphere while getting closer to the start of the event at 7 p.m. Yet many walked a long walk to get to the venue from their parking spots.
Finally, the time came for the most waited event. Granger Smith opened the concert with his charming vocals. It was also a special day for Granger, as his new album was released. Then came Brett Eldridge, as his romantic songs captured the hearts of everyone attending–from “Mean to Me”, “Wanna Be that Song”, “Beat Of The Music” and so many more. Everyone was cheering, shouting, singing and loving the country night. Patiently waiting for the main act, Luke Bryan.
A pause of 15 minutes occurred in preparation for the one and only, Luke Bryan.
Finally, the person everyone was waiting for, Luke Bryan. He came out speaking with his beautiful southern accent. The crowd yelled in amusement. The music from speakers vibrated in their ear drums and entire bodies. He sang many songs from his old albums to his recent albums. Like “Play It Again”, “Huntin Fishin Lovin Everyday”, “Light it Up” and plenty more beautiful romantic country songs. The crowd used their phone lights to sway along with the songs being performed.
During, his performance he had Brett Eldredge and Granger Smith come out with him. They sang classic songs, such as “Sweet Caroline”. The crowd was in awe and amazement. Many were sharing their country concert experience on their social medias.
“It’s like being in a whole other dimension”, said Briana Soto, a country lover.
The bright beam lights bursted into the sky, and glistened above the view of cars driving North and South on the 15 freeway from the amphitheater. People began to leave a bit early to avoid traffic and others remained to watch the final song.
“I’m not much of a country listener or country concert goer, but I’m amazed at how great a performance it was. Definitely has changed my perspective on country music,” said Jay Nieto, a CBU Undergrad.