Luke Bryan entertains crowd of 12,000 with songs, dance moves

The Wichita Eagle

Four minutes.

That’s how long Luke Bryan made his Friday-night audience of 12,000 at Intrust Bank Arena wait for his first hip swivel.

But it was just a tease. Bryan, who’s as famous for his tight jeans and crowd-pleasing dance moves as he is for his chart-topping hits, didn’t really turn it on until six songs into the set, when he tore off his overshirt, tossed it to the ground and let loose.

Bryan, who has won just about every country music award ever invented – including the Country Music Association’s most recent Entertainer of the Year award – also entertained the audience with his music.

He popped up out of center stage to start the show, wearing the aforementioned skin-tight jeans, a T-shirt covered by an open denim button-up and a backward ball cap.

Bryan was last in Wichita in 2013. This time around, he performed a set that included all of his famous party songs: “Drunk on You,” “Crash My Party” and “Drink A Beer.”

Members of the crowd, many holding Bryan-adoring homemade signs, were more than able to provide the vocals on his biggest hits when he asked, including on “Play it Again.”

Bryan stopped to read the signs and commented on a few, including one held by a fan claiming to have skipped graduation to be at the concert.

“Your signs are throwing me off,” Bryan said, joking. “I’ve got to focus. I have a show to do.”

Bryan saved his most popular hit, “Country Girl (Shake it For Me),” for the end of the show.

Like all respectable country mega tours, Bryan’s show had two opening acts.

The first was Dustin Lynch, known for his hits “Cowboys and Angels” and “Hell of a Night.”

And the house was full for Little Big Town, the award-winning, harmonizing quartet known for its big hit “Girl Crush.”

The four members, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, passed lead vocal duties back and forth during their low-key set that also included hits “Day Drinking,” “Little White Church,” “Pontoon” and “Boondocks.”

During Bryan’s set, Fairchild came back on stage to sing “Home Alone Tonigh” with him. The entire group came back on stage after that, joining Bryan for covers of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” The five singers, in between harmonizing, enjoyed on-stage tequila shots.

The highlight of Little Big Town’s set happened when the group delivered a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” that sounded eerily like Fleetwood Mac was performing it.

Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil