Country Star Luke Bryan Headlines Y Live This Summer

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Country music star Luke Bryan will headline this year’s Y Live concert, which will be June 13 at Stambaugh Stadium.

Bryan will bring his Proud to be Right Here tour, with opening acts Morgan Wallen and Caylee Hammack, to the stadium on the Youngstown State University campus for the 7 p.m. show. The Y Live concert, now in its fourth year, is easily the largest show in the Mahoning Valley each year, and takes place in the area’s biggest venue.

Last year, the sold-out concert starred Blake Shelton and drew more than 20,000 people. Previous headliners – all in the pop-country vein – included Florida Georgia Line in 2018, which also topped 20,000, and Zac Brown Band in 2017, which sold about 18,000.

The stage will be set up on the 50-yard line facing the stadium’s west stand, which holds 15,000, and about 6,000 temporary seats on the field.

Tickets start at $45 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 13 and can only be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com (fees apply). Advanced parking can also be purchased online-only at the website.

For information on group sales packages – 16 or more tickets – email Joe Cantrell at JCantrell@jacmg.com.

The Y Live concert is always on a Saturday. Previous ones took place in August or September, but the show will be in June this year because of Bryan’s schedule and YSU’s installation of a new turf field at the stadium, which will begin right after the show date and continue for the remainder of the summer.

Bryan is not scheduled to play in the Pittsburgh or Cleveland markets in 2020.

Sponsored by The DeBartolo Corp., Huntington Bank, Southwoods Health and Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Y Live has increased Youngstown’s credibility as a destination within the music industry, according to a press release from JAC Live, which produces and promotes the show.

“Producing an event like Y Live is an achievement we share with our loyal event sponsors and the fans that continue to support it,” says Eric Ryan, president of the Youngstown-based company. “Without the fans, there would be no Y Live, and we are grateful to work on an event of this magnitude for another year.”

He realized from the start that his company had to aim high to make Y Live a success.

“When we founded the event back in 2017, we knew that iconic artists would be as essential to its success as the support from our community,” Ryan says. “It’s so great that this year’s headliner, Luke Bryan, has sold out stadiums across the country again and again and it is an honor for our event to be part of this tour.”

Bryan will release his seventh album, “Born Here Live Here Die Here,” on April 24. The album has already spawned the singles “What She Wants Tonight” and “Knockin’ Boots.”

The artist’s list of past hits include “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday,” “Play It Again,” “Fast,” “Drink A Beer,” “Most People Are Good,” “Do I” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”

In 2019, Bryan was named the first-ever recipient of the Academy of Country Music Album of the Decade Award for “Crash My Party.”

Bryan’s concert tours have played for over one million fans every year for the last six years with four of those reaching 1.5 million

His 2019 Sunset Repeat Tour wrapped in the fall at Ford Field in Detroit, Bryan’s 36th stadium concert.

Pictured: 2020 Luke Bryan tour photo. Image: Schmidt Relations/Jim Wright

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