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Music lovers looking for an energetic, talent-driven show were more than satisfied after Friday night's Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn concert at Alltel Arena.
Jake Owen opened the show with hits from his first album, “Startin' With Me.” Owen revved up the crowd like a good opening act should.
The crowd of more than 11,000 roared in excitement when Brooks & Dunn took the stage. The duo gave an entertaining, fast-paced performance with classic hits like “Rock My World” and the crowd favorite, “Boot Scootin' Boogie,” peppering the set list.
Ronnie Dunn's syrupy-smooth voice stood out as the duo harmonized to “My Maria,” with “It's Getting Better all the Time” and “Neon Moon.” The crowd — swaying beneath the flicker of their lighters — sang along. They closed with “Only in America,” sending a dazzling display of red, white and blue streamers into the audience.
Alan Jackson put on a more intimate show, chatting with the audience between sets. He opened with “Gone Country” and kept his biggest hits coming: “Don't Rock the Jukebox,” “Summertime Blues,” and of course, “Chattahoochee.” The audience clapped and cheered and danced in the aisles as Jackson performed his signature “Aiyee.” He also performed “Good Time” from his new album and “Drive,” a song about his childhood sung in memory of his father.
Jackson's closing song, “Where I Come From,” was accompanied by a projected montage of central Arkansas scenes: The River Market, the Electric Cowboy and Razorbacks all over the place, which sent the crowd into a hog-calling frenzy. Then he stuck around to sign a few autographs — particularly the hot pink arm cast of a little girl on the front row — before disappearing backstage.
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