As part of The Tribune’s coverage of the 2014 California Mid-State Fair, we’re publishing a series of concert reviews. Below, Tribune staff writer AnnMarie Cornejo reviews Monday’s Florida Georgia Line concert.
The packed Chumash Grandstand Arena was pumped with energy and ready to party when Florida Georgia Line took the stage Monday — and the band matched that energy and revved it up a few notches.
From the very first song, “It’z Just What We Do,” band members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had the crowd of nearly 13,000 people on their feet and singing along as jets of steam and bright lights added flair to the stage.
It was the country band’s first time at the California Mid-State Fair, and both singers were quick to engage the crowd and make it known they, too, were having a good time.
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In fact, after playing “Tip It Back,” the band did a toast to California and later told the crowd, “Paso, we love you.”
The party continued onstage with beer bongs and Solo cups, while the crowd, seemingly enjoying the rock/country blend, continued to grow louder and rowdier as the show went on.
Florida Georgia Line played most of its 11-song album “Here’s to the Good Times,” released in 2012.
People danced in the stands to hits including “Round Here,” “Party People” and “Stay.”
Hubbard did another toast the crowd, thanking them for their support. “Cheers to the best damn fans,” Hubbard told the ecstatic fans. “We came to California to celebrate the good times with you guys.”
The band also played its newest single, “Dirt,” which was released only weeks before its performance at the fair.
A cover of the Bruno Mars song “Grenade” had the entire audience singing along.
The liveliness of the crowd never waned, and Florida Georgia Line kept everyone on their feet for over an hour.
Adrenaline-fueled fans stomped in the stands, whistled and clapped after a brief encore, bringing the band back on stage to sing a few more favorites before ending their set with the multi-platinum single, “Cruise.”
According to Tom Keffury, who handles sponsorships and publicity for the fair, Florida Georgia Line had the best attended show so far at this year’s fair — nearly meeting the stadium's 14,600-person capacity.