Georgia native Jason Aldean took over Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park for a sold-out homecoming show for 37,935 fans on Saturday (July 21) with opening acts, Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, and a rare performance from Hootie & The Blowfish.
The High Noon Neon Tour stop at Atlanta Braves new SunTrust Park stadium began with Aldean rocking the venue with “Gettin’ Warmed Up” and “Take a Little Ride” but not before a storm delay temporarily evacuated fans to interior shelter. While the dark skies looked precarious, the bad weather never arrived and after an hour or so, the show went on as planned.
Aldean delivered his many hits such as “Tattoos on This Town,” “Any Ol’ Barstool,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Lights Come On,” to a very energetic crowd singing every word. He also peppered into his set with songs from his new album Rearview Town including “You Make It Easy” and his current single, “Drowns the Whiskey” with the song’s featured artist, Miranda Lambert shown on giant video walls.
“Playing SunTrust was one of those nights I’ll never forget,” said Aldean. “So many friends, family and fans were out in the sea of people and I could feel that energy the minute we got on stage. Hootie & the Blowfish, Luke and Lauren definitely set the night off right, and if we could have kept playing all night, I think we would have.”
Many industry members from Nashville made the trek to Atlanta to witness Aldean’s high-energy stadium performance while some took the opportunity to catch up with Aldean backstage prior to showtime. Attending industry members included Rod Phillips, John Hamlin, Clarence Spalding, Charlie Cook, Jon Loba, Mary Hilliard Harrington, Kirsten Grenier, Sherod Robertson, Chris Parr, Aaron Spalding, Kristin Cantrell, Shelley Gaines and others. Broken Bow Records’ Dustin Lynch also took a break from his tour to come by and enjoy seeing label mate Aldean’s stadium performance.
Prior to Aldean’s set, Lauren Alaina was first to hit the stage. The spirited entertainer was visibly emotional from having her father backstage to witness her dreams coming alive that day by playing the stadium. She also had plenty to celebrate when she announced that earlier that same day, she had become engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Alex Hopkins. Luke Combs was next in the lineup. Carrying his signature red solo cup, he worked the crowd into a frenzy for a 45-minute set. Next, with a backdrop of a Waffle House, Hootie & The Blowfish came onstage for a rare performance featuring lead singer, Darius Rucker. The band shared an hour of classic hits with fans.
On Friday, the day before the Atlanta show, Jason Aldean surprised two fans at the Field & Stream Shop in Kennesaw, Georgia, with tickets to his concert on Saturday in Atlanta. Aldean is a brand ambassador for Field & Stream Shop and announced the giveaway earlier that afternoon on Twitter. Fans quickly made their way to the store for the event but what they didn’t know, is that Aldean would be there to personally give the winners their tickets and invite them to a private acoustic performance before Saturday’s show.
That same day, he announced details behind his third Concert For The Kids charity event on Thursday, Sept. 6 in Macon, Georgia. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year will return to the Macon Coliseum with direct support from Lauren Alaina. After raising more than $1.2 million from the past two events, proceeds will once again benefit Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, which serves as the region’s only dedicated pediatric facility, serving central and south Georgia. The facility enhances the lives of children through patient care, research and education. Tickets go on-sale to the public beginning Friday (July 27) at 10 a.m. EST.
“There are a lot of reasons I love doing what I do, but being able to give back to these kids and their families is definitely really important to me,” said Aldean. “We’ve been able to help support the build of an entirely new facility, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the community shows up for the hospital this year and what we can do to keep helping the people there.”