ATLANTIC CITY - On normal spring days, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is full of people in bathing suits. On Saturday, those bathing suits were replaced with cowboy hats and cowboy boots.

Fresh off being named the Academy of Country Music’s male vocalist of the year, Jason Aldean visited Atlantic City ready to “Burn it Down.”

Aldean wasn’t the only country star in Atlantic City Saturday night. He was joined by Florida Georgia Line, who just won ACM’s new artist of the year, and Tyler Farr, known for his song “Redneck Crazy.”

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How popular is the trio of country stars? Popular enough that tickets for the Boardwalk Hall show sold out in hours as the superstars embark on a summer tour that will see them play some of the biggest arenas in the nation.

However, the concert wasn’t the only party at Boardwalk Hall Saturday.

In an awesome move, Global Spectrum, which operates the arena, offered a free party at Kennedy Plaza right in front of Boardwalk Hal prior to the show.

The party began at 4 p.m. and rolled straight until doors opened at 6:30. The event was held at Kennedy Plaza in front of the hall and featured a DJ, food from Mad Dog Morgan’s, a beer garden sponsored by Ducktown Tavern and much more. People going to the concert were able to party right in front of the arena, and they absolutely loved it.

Lines for beer were deep as people danced, sang and got pumped up for the concert.

Up to about 30 minutes before the show started, fans were lined up and ready to get inside Boardwalk Hall.

Then the show got started, and the party hit a whole other level. Aldean got his set started by launching fireworks.

The 37-year-old Georgia native has had 11 of his singles reach No. 1 on the country airplay or Hot Country songs charts, and an additional eight of his tunes have reached the Top 10 on those charts.

Playing all of his hit singles, the crowd was on their feet and loving the show right from the beginning.

Aldean might be considered the jack-of-all trades of country music. With his eclectic style, he performed something for just about anyone who went to the show.

From softer, smoother ballads such as “Night Train” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay” to more rockin’, party-style songs such as “My Kinda Party” and “Big Green Tractor,” audiences loved every single minute of his amazing performance, featuring great lighting and pyrotechnics.

This was a performance that would have the biggest country fans pleased. Although he may not be known for his vocals, he put on an amazing show and went all out for the entire performance.

One of the best moments of the show came when Aldean covered Bryan Adams' "Heaven." It was an unforgettable moment, and the crowd went wild over it.

Another amazing moment featured a "virtual duet" of "Don't You Wanna Stay" in which Aldean showed off how vocal skills.

Although Luke Bryan, who performed at Boardwalk Hall in February, is known more for his country party vibe, Aldean hit all the right notes and found an amazing balance between his ballad-style hits and his party jams.

Florida Georgia Line, a country hip-hop duo featuring Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, is one of the biggest groups in country right now. The group has opened for country stars including Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Colt Ford and now Aldean.

Having just been discovered a few years ago, the group has already made a lasting mark on the country scene with their hit single “Cruise,” which went straight to No. 1 on the U.S. Country and U.S. Country Airplay charts. It also peaked at No. 4 across all genres in the United States.

When the group took the stage, fans went into a tizzy, with people dancing in the aisles of Boardwalk Hall and loving every moment.

They performed some of their other hits, including “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here," and “This is How We Roll.”

In a surprising but entertaining move, the band performed an upbeat cover of Bruno Mars' "Grenade." They also used a whole lot of pyrotechnics and an amazing light show, both of which complemented their set well.

Florida Georgia Line also took several moments to thank the crowd for changing their lives by turning three of their tunes to No. 1 hits. They also allowed each of their guitarists to have moments at the front of the stage.

Later on in the show, the crowd went absolutely wild when Florida Georgia Line came out to perform “The Only Way I Know” alongside Aldean. The audience reaction and the duet between the two superstars made this one of the best moments of the night.

To put it simply: This was a legendary night of amazing country superstars all under one roof at Boardwalk Hall. And we haven’t even mentioned Tyler Farr.

Although Aldean has described Farr as being the comedic member of the touring group, his performance wasn’t about making audiences laugh. He was there to have them on their feet and dancing the night away.

Farr took the stage a few minutes before the anticipated 7:30 p.m. start and performed a quick, but exciting, 20 minute set.

His opening tune "Camo is the New Black" got the crowd right out of their seats, and his latest hit "Whiskey in My Water" kept the party going.

His last song was his hit "Redneck Crazy," which the crowd went nuts for. Although his set was short, he was entertaining and got the crowd going right from the beginning.

Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Farr are all superstars of country music, and they showed why with an epic show at Boardwalk Hall Saturday night.


Press copy editor since 2006, copy desk chief since 2014. Masters in journalism from Temple University, 2006. My weekly comics blog, Wednesday Morning Quarterback, appears Wednesday mornings at

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