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Has this summer been rough on anyone else? It seems like it has not only flown by but it’s also been SO busy for us! Between being a work at home mom, raising a toddler and trying to keep our household going- I tend to forget to take care of myself and that sometimes I need a break. Last week, I had hit a wall. I was exhausted, and my patience was running thin. When that happens, that’s a sign that I need to slow down, take care of myself and take a break. Sometimes things have a funny way of working out and that is just what happened last week.
Last Thursday was the Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane and Ryan Hurd concert in Charlotte. My parents and brother live in Charlotte, so I visit frequently. When I woke up Thursday morning, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for a bit of R&R. My sweet hubby took off work a little early so that he could stay with Levi and I headed to Charlotte. Just the drive itself was relaxing. Some time alone in the car, listening to my favorite music and knowing that I had a fun night ahead of me. For my mom’s night out, I asked my brother if he would attend the concert with me. Now, of course he’s not a mom, but we are very close and rarely get to go out together now that we are both ‘adulting’. I knew he would love the experience also.
As soon as we arrived at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, we could feel the energy in the air. The show was sold out! I’ve been to a lot of concerts but never to a sold out one, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. As we got to our seats, the concert started and the crowd hit their feet. At many of the concerts I’ve attended before, the opening artists simply feel like ‘background music’ and honestly, I’ve left feeling a bit ripped off at times before. This concert was totally different! You can tell that Florida Georgia Line carefully selected Ryan Hurd, Chris Lane, and Nelly to be on tour with them and even though it may sound like an odd combination at face value – it works so well! I have been a Nelly fan for YEARS and seeing him in concert with my brother (who still remembers listening to our first rap CD years ago by a guy named Nelly), was a once in a lifetime experience and a check off of my bucket list.
When Nelly left the stage, you could feel the energy in the air buzzing with anticipation. A few minutes later, the arena went dark and music started playing. When the curtain dropped and Florida Georgia Line started playing, the arena shook with applause and screams. Singing along to my favorite songs, “Sippin on Fire”, to “Dirt” to “Dig Your Roots”, and “Confession” was a dream come true! However, there were several things that surprised me about this concert including:
- The true love you can see for their families and especially their wives. I’ve never been to a concert where artists speak to their love for their wives, but Tyler and Brian did and it was so sweet. Tyler has a baby girl on the way with his wife, Hayley, and I paid special attention to certain lines of some of the songs. You could tell he was bursting with pride and love for his growing family. It was so refreshing to see artists who put so much love into their songs.
- The interaction with the crowd. I LOVED this! From Nelly bringing two concert goers on stage, to Florida Georgia Line drinking their Old Camp Whiskey on stage- you didn’t feel like you were standing a mile away, watching a concert. You felt like you were hanging out with the coolest people you know, having a drink and listening to them play you their songs.
- Each of these artists sounds AMAZING live. If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know what I’m talking about. Artists don’t always sound like they do on the radio, and sometimes that’s not a good thing. In this case, it was a wonderful surprise! I remember my brother looking over at me during the concert and going “these guys are even BETTER live than they are on the radio!”. That’s rare to find these days!
The night ended with “Cruise” and Nelly coming back out on stage to join Florida Georgia Line. The end of the concert was truly bittersweet! It was a wonderful performance, but once that we didn’t want to end. If you get the chance to go to one of the Florida Georgia Line “Smooth” Tour Shows this year, you NEED to go. I returned home listening to Florida Georgia Line, refreshed and ready to conquer the next few weeks, all thanks to this wonderful night out!