Today is going home day...boo hoo. So our morning started by packing up the hotel room and loading the car. Then we ventured into the Vanderbilt area and ate some yummy Japanese food. Just don't order sweet tea! (It's Japanese sweet. It shocks your taste buds!)
We were done. Done with Broadway. Done with the street stages. Done with the heat and the crowds. However, we were not done with country music. So we headed super early to the LP Field-area of town in order that we would be first through the gates and get the best seats. (Our FREE tickets were in a general admission section.)
Each night we would watch these stairs to see which stars would come and go from the stage. For the most part, though, the entrance of the stage was on the other side. We did see equipment being loaded and unloaded all night.
The JaneDear Girls started off the night. They are really cute, but they seem a little un-easy on stage. Just keep working it, girls. You're sharing the same stage as these other big names to come. You must be doing something right.
My new super-fav's, The Band Perry came next:
Kimberly Perry looked so cute! (Above photo source). She and her brothers were killing it on stage.
The Eli Young Band did a quick acoustic performance, then made way for Darius Rucker! That's him on the jumbo screen and in "person" in the blue jeans. He danced around and really put on a show. You could tell he loved being right there with us in the heat!
Everyone was yelling "Hootie" which was appropriate considering during his set he sang "Only Wanna Be With You" from his Blowfish days. (photo below source)
I mean, we were definitely going to be exhausted tonight! Sweet Tracy Lawrence came out to do an acoustic set while we reved up for this hottie: (photo below source)photo below source)
However, consider yourself warned. Whatever you do, do not -- let me repeat DO NOT -- release beach balls into the crowd during her performance. During her set about 500 beach balls were thrown around while she was singing. One landed on stage, and she stomped the air out of it with her high heel, saying: "Is it just me or do those beach balls irritate the hell out of y'all?" She then asked everyone to hold onto them while she sang the emotional "The House That Built Me."
But c'mon, can you really "rock" a stage if you're playing a banjo?