Luke Bryan performs at Verizon Arena Thursday.
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $40-$66.
Bona fide country star Luke Bryan
is no stranger to these shores, having played in Arkansas a handful of times over the last several years, most recently at the inaugural Thunder on the Mountain country 'n' campin' festival up on Mulberry Mountain.
Since getting his start, Bryan's gone from the tradition-grounded (if contemporary-sounding) earnest country of his first album, "I'll Stay Me," into total party mode with his last two long-players, 2011's "Tailgates & Tanlines" and the recent "Crash My Party." And then there was the four-EP run of spring-break-themed releases that started back in '09, collected earlier this year on "Spring Break ... Here to Party." Sample song titles: "If You Ain't Here to Party," "Sorority Girl," "Just a Sip," "Wild Weekend, "Cold Beer Drinker," and the closer, "Take My Drunk Ass Home."
It's like, how much more clear could he make it for us? Bryan is here to do one thing and one thing only, y'all: party. Thompson Square
and Florida Georgia Line
open the sold-out show.