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April 21, 2014
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Just a weekend in the country


Aldean’s “My Kinda Party Tour” includes party master extraordinaire DJ Silver and country heartthrob Luke Bryan, who visited us last year with Tim McGraw. “It’s great to be back in Bethel!” Bryan shouted above the screaming fans before delivering a solid, smashing hour of good ol’ boy charm and displaying musical prowess that (thankfully) made STP fade away in my mind, just as a nightmare should.

Headliner Jason Aldean hit the stage running and proved why he has won both single and album of the year awards for “My Kinda Party,” before treating us all to a preview of his newest album, “Night Train,” which pulls into the station on October 16. Country audiences, and concerts, are among the best in the world, and this show was no exception. The crowd was exuberant and appreciative of the incredible performances, but not the slightest bit out of control. “Bethel is a crazy town,” Aldean roared. “I’ve had seats on this lawn. Party on, but be safe and have fun,” he advised, before delivering the remainder of his explosive, fan-tastic set. With respect, I paraphrase Mr. Sondheim ever-so-slightly—and conclude that yet another “weekend in the country, was so active... that one has to lie down.”