Country Superstars Rock Salina
KSAL Staff - September 22, 2013 10:25 pm
photo by Yee Mar
It wasn’t the sound of thunder in Salina Sunday evening, but rather the thunderous roar of a large crowd.
Country superstars Florida Georgia Line took the stage in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd and did not disappoint. The duo, who already have three number one hits including the smash “Cruise”, has sky rocketed to the top of the country charts.
The Salina concert was part of Long McArthur’s “Live From the Lot” with Y 93.7 series, presented by Long McArthur Ford Lincoln and Salina Media Group radio station Y 93.7. The show was held outdoors, on the lot of the dealership on South 9th Street.
It was a free concert, but those attending had to have previously obtained a free ticket.
Florida Georgia Line is set to begin its first headline tour later this fall, and has been selling out shows in a matter of minutes. The Salina show was no exception. When 3,000 free tickets were made available back on September 4th, they sold out in three minutes. Prior to the show, a couple of thousand more tickets were distributed via contests and promotions.
Along with all of the free tickets, a limited number of VIP tickets were offered for sale. Fans wanting to meet the duo could purchase a VIP experience that included a meet and greet with Tyler and Brian along with a group photo, an autographed poster, VIP parking passes, and a VIP ticket. Those tickets sold out as well. All proceeds from the VIP ticket sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The duo proudly posed for photos with a $10,000 check prior to the show.
In an effort to keep it a free show, and a fun family event, special measures were enforced. Most notably, because of a lack of parking, fans were bussed to the concert from the Salina Central Mall. Some began lining up as early as 2:00 in the afternoon.
The fans were warmed up by Jamie Grooms and the Catfish Johnston Band. By the time Florida Georgia Line hit the stage, the crowd was ready. Fans crowded the stage, and sang and danced to hits including “Get Your Shine On”, “Round Here”, and “Cruise”.