Some disappointed, others pleased with last-minute move for Luke Bryan concert
Luke Bryan didn't play on a farm as initially planned, but he still made a stop in south central Kansas for his Farm Tour. Wet weather necessitated the last-minute move from rural property near Douglass in Butler County to the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Fan reaction to the last-minute change was mixed with it working well for some, and not so much for others.
"I was really nervous he was going to cancel it," Luke Bryan fan Riley Minner says. "But he didn't and we're really excited. It's actually a lot better that it's (in Hutchinson) since it's less mud."
Some fans say they drove several hours to see the show, or even flew to Kansas for it.
"I'm hopefully looking to touch his hand, because I was so close last concert," says Luke Bryan fan Paris Sceinmetz who flew in from Minnesota to see the concert in Hutchinson.
Thursday, some fans were disappointed with the approximate 80-mile move from Douglass to Hutchinson as the change meant they wouldn't be able to get to the show. Among them is Douglass resident Christian Stephenson.
"We were looking forward to something hometown, close to home," he says. "We've never had anything here before, so Hutch has the state fair every year."
Fans at the show Friday, say overall, they're grateful Bryan didn't cancel the Kansas Farm Tour stop entirely.
Concert organizers confirm Luke Bryan's planned stop in south-central Kansas Friday is moving from a rural property near Douglass to the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Muddy conditions on the farm near Douglass necessitated the move to Hutchinson.
The show will happen in space set up in the 1800 block of North Plum Street, not in the fair grandstands.
Parking for the concert starts at 2 p.m., followed by entry into the concert at 5 p.m. and the start of the show at 6 p.m.
Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock are also scheduled to perform.
“It’s unfortunate the rain is forcing a location change from Douglass, but we are glad we can help accommodate Luke and his fans at the Kansas State Fairgrounds," the fair’s General Manager Robin Jennison said in a Thursday-afternoon news release.
Notes from fair officials for people attending Friday night's concert:
- All vehicles should park in Lots A and B -- with limited parking in Lot C.
- All concert traffic will follow the instructions of the traffic attendants on-site.
- All motor vehicle traffic not attending the concert is urged to avoid the eastern end of the Fairgrounds. Plum Street from the south end of the Fairgrounds to 23rd Avenue will be closed at noon Friday. You can find further information on the Hutchinson Show and the rest of Bryan's tour on the Luke Bran Farm Tour website.
The rain caused Bryan to reschedule Thursday night's concert near Louisburg.
Early Thursday, Bryan tweeted recent rain at MC Farms made it too wet for equipment to be unloaded for the concert.
Thursday, Louisburg city officials said attempts to find alternate locations were unsuccessful because other potential venues were also too wet.
Bryan says a postponed show for Sept. 27 in Richland, Mich. is now set for Oct. 24.
Some Kansas Luke Bryan fans woke up to a message they probably didn't want to hear.
Rain was not a good thing for his "Farm Tour 2019."
"Due to heavy rain leading up to today causing wet conditions on the farm, we are unable to load in the equipment needed to put on tonight's Farm Tour show in Louisburg, KS," tweeted Bryan.
According to Byran's website, the "show will happen rain or share," but the weather caused him to postpone a show in Richland, Michigan, on Sept. 27.
Bryan is set to play in Douglass, Kan. on Friday.
As heavy rains continue in south-central Kansas, Eyewitness News is checking with the Flying B Ranch to find out if that show could be affected as well.