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Kendra Meinert column: Bryan fans can't wait to get hands on Resch tickets

7:15 PM, Jan. 16, 2013  |  Comments
Consider Luke Bryan 's Feb. 28 concert at the ReschCenter one hot ticket. According to his website, the ticket presale through his fan club already is sold out. Everybody else can get their hands on tickets Friday morning.
Consider Luke Bryan 's Feb. 28 concert at the ReschCenter one hot ticket. According to his website, the ticket presale through his fan club already is sold out. Everybody else can get their hands on tickets Friday morning.
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It doesn't appear to be a question of if
Luke Bryan will sell out the Resch Center, it's how fast will he?

Ever since the Feb. 28 stop on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour was announced last October, fans have been eager to get their hands on tickets. But they've had to wait until Friday morning, with details of the on-sale not even announced until the Rascal Flatts concert Jan. 10 at the Resch. In the week since then, PMI Entertainment Group, which manages the arena, has been hit with a barrage of emails and calls from fans - generally an unofficial barometer that a show is a "hot ticket.''

And here's another indicator: According to Bryan's website, the ticket presale through his fan club is already sold out.

It's not like the Green Bay market has been denied Bryan; just the opposite, in fact. He opened for the sold-out Jason Aldean concert at the Resch in February 2012, and he headlined CMT on Tour in November 2011 at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. Apparently fans like what they've seen and are eager to find out what what happens when he's turned loose on the first major headlining tour of his own.

Fun fact courtesy of PMI: It was only a little over four years ago that Bryan attracted a crowd of only 353 when he played the Meyer Theatre. So never underestimate the power of a corny hit like "Country Girl (Shake It for Me).''

Tickets for Bryan are $52 and $27.25 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticket Star outlets, (800) 895-0071 and www.ticketstaronline.com. Good luck!

Thompson Square, who played the Phoenix Rooms at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay just two years ago, and Florida Georgia Line open on the tour, which kicks off tonight in Indiana. And yep, that show is sold out.

Celebrate sets lineup

It'll be one familiar face and a new one headlining this year's Celebrate De Pere.

Sam Llanas, formerly of The BoDeans, and country newcomer Laura Bell Bundy are on deck for the 23rd annual Memorial Day weekend festival May 25-27 at Voyageur Park in De Pere. Those names are a bit of a departure from the bigger national acts of the last couple of years that included Dennis DeYoung and Diamond Rio last year, Sara Evans in 2011 and Survivor and Emerson Drive in 2010.

Llanas, who has pursued a solo career since leaving the band he co-founded in 2011, will perform at 9 p.m. May 25. Bundy, who starred in "Legally Blonde'' on Broadway and has recurring roles on TV's "How I Met Your Mother'' and "Hart of Dixie,'' had a minor hit in 2010 with "Giddy On Up. She'll perform after the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. May 26.

The three-day fest will also feature sets by Annex, Big Mouth, Unity, Bad Habitz, Shaker and the Egg, Cougars and Red Clover. Advance tickets go on sale April 1.

Gigs

Country group Restless Heart celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stop at the Oneida Casino Lounge at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The band has had 14 Top 10 hits, including "The Bluest Eyes in Texas,'' "I'll Still Be Loving You'' and "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right).'' It's a free show with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rock n Roll Land is giving the performance space at the back of the record store at 504 S. Military Ave., Green Bay, a workout this month with several free, all-ages gigs, including Strange Ritual, with Mourn & Pain Sake, at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Dead Modern Villains, 7 p.m. Jan. 25; Crooked Creek, with Blues Jam, 5 p.m. Jan. 26; and Nikki Hill, 8 p.m. Jan. 29.

Minneapolis rising stars The Pines will play Jan. 25 at St. Brendan's Inn. The indie band has gotten love from Rolling Stone, CMT.com and SXSW for its moody Americana music - the kind of hauntingly beautiful stuff Kurt Sutter plays over those emotional montages on "Sons of Anarchy.''

The Pines' latest release, "Dark So Tell,'' is out on Red House Records. Check out "Pray Tell'' and "Be There in Bells'' on YouTube, and the remind yourself that you can see them for free downtown Green Bay.

How were the Ashwaubenon High School School Encore Show Choir and Jaguar Jazz Ensemble lucky enough to sore a gig with Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns? Probably doesn't hurt that school band director Marc Jimos is also a founding member of the Power Tool Horns.

All three groups will play Jan. 26 at The Stadium View Bar & Grille for an event being called Jukebox Saturday Night. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers. They must be purchased in advance at (920) 492-2955, Ext. 5717. Proceeds support Ashwaubenon High's music programs.

Charlotte Sometimes, a contestant on the second season of TV's "The Voice'' (Team Blake), will perform at the Meyer Theatre on March 16 as part of WINE: Behind the Curtain. The first-time event will feature more than 25 wine aficionados pouring wine to be paired with local cuisine. Guests will be able to see parts of the historic theater seldom visible from the audience, including backstage, the organ room and sound and light booths. Madison jazz group the Stellanovas will perform during the tasting, with Sometimes in concert later in the night.

Tickets are $35 through Ticket Star.

It's an invasion from the south at Phat Headz at 10 p.m. Saturday, with a bill that includes Chicago's The Hamburglars, Milwaukee's Honey, Get the Gun and Appleton's Red Leg Rebellion. No cover.

Etc.

So is Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's March 7 concert at the Resch Center his first in Green Bay? That's the million dollar question. I haven't been able to find any record of him playing Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, but maybe somebody out there recalls him from the local club scene early in his career in the late '60s and early '70s? Anybody?

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