Country Star Luke Bryan Will Play at Wean Park
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Country music star Luke Bryan is coming to town after all, in what will be a whole new concert experience for the Mahoning Valley.
Bryan will perform at Wean Park on July 16, in what will be the first major concert at the new riverfront green space that sits between Covelli Centre and the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.
The concert is the fourth annual Y-Live concert. Bryan was originally set to perform at the 2020 Y-Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium, and again in 2021, but both concerts were canceled because of the pandemic. The stadium had been the site of all previous Y-Live events.
Tickets for the concert start at $48.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. April 15 at ticketmaster.com. Tickets will not be sold at the Covelli Centre box office.
The concert, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of Bryan’s Raised Up Right tour, and will include opening acts Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny.
Bryan, one of the biggest names in country music, is a three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year winner. He also won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award twice.
“Luke Bryan and his team have stuck with us over the last two years and the time has come to welcome them to our hometown by packing the park like never before,” said Eric Ryan, president of Youngstown-based JAC Live, which is promoting and staging the concert. “The band has been excited to play this event in Youngstown and we are finally going to make that happen.”
Presenting sponsors for Y-Live are the DeBartolo Corp., Huntington Bank, ServPro, Southwoods Health and Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.
The 20-acre Wean Park, which opened in 2019, will be transformed into a festival concert set-up, with the downtown skyline as a backdrop to the event. It will be the first such use of the park, and the first time in recent memory that any park in the city will be used for a concert of this magnitude.
JAC Live will erect a massive stage at the Covelli Centre parking lot facing west, and use first-class lighting and sound for the concert, according to a news release from JAC Live.
The crowd will stretch from the Covelli Centre parking lot to The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre. There will be reserved seating close to the stage, with the remainder being general admission lawn seating.
Concession stands and restrooms will be set up through the site.
Parking will be available at all downtown parking facilities and parking lots on the campus of Youngstown State University with shuttle service provided. Parking can be purchased in advance at ticketmaster.com.
Information about a ticket presale will be posted soon at ylivemusic.com and on the Y Live Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. For information on group sales packages, email [email protected].
The Y-Live concerts typically draw 15,000 to 20,000 people. Previous headliners were The Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton.
“Y-Live continues to thrive because of the support it receives from our loyal sponsors and enthusiastic fans that show up year after year,” said Ken Bigley, JAC Live vice president. JAC Live is a sister company of JAC Management Group, which manages all day-to-day operations of Wean Park, Covelli Centre and The Amp.
Bryan continues the string of country-pop superstars at Y-Live.
Since his debut, he has garnered 29 No. 1 hits. Bryan’s worldwide global streams stand at 17.2 billion and he has sold nearly 13 million albums.
Bryan has won over 50 major music awards, including six recognitions as a CMT Artist of the Year, NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for “Crash My Party,” seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards.
He is also one of the celebrity judges on ABC’s “American Idol.”
Image: Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Red Light Management.
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