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Zach Bryan Leaves CHI Crowd Breathless

Country Superstar Impresses Omaha
Zach Bryan on the floor at CHI. Bryan left the stage during the concert to be closer to fans. Photo submitted by Juliette Lilla

I purchased two floor tickets for Zach Bryan’s Omaha concert and attended on April 29. The total price ended up at $700, which was pricey for floor tickets. Nevertheless, the experience was nothing like I have ever had before.

I arrived at the concert about an hour before the opening acts were set to take the stage. My friend and I waited in the merchandise line for about 15 minutes. While I was excited to purchase a sweatshirt, I felt as if they were unreasonably priced. The sweatshirt I purchased was $120, which was, again, pricey.

After I bought my sweatshirt, we scanned our tickets and entered the floor space. Upon walking through the large doors, I was instantly greeted by the massive stage and enormous amount of standing space. We were early and scoped the floor for the best view of the stage. The layout of the stage and floor area were perfect, because no matter where you stood, you could see Zach Bryan performing.

The opening acts entered the stage at 7 p.m. The first opener, Levi Turner and his band, was not horrible, but I found myself bored after the first few minutes. The next opening group, The Middle East, played for about an hour, and I was also uninterested.

Zach Bryan emerged from backstage to a thunderous applause at about 9:15 p.m. I was  excited after waiting for so long, and the energy of the people around me matched my emotions perfectly. I could not take a step backwards or forwards without bumping into someone screaming with joy and jumping around. He opened with the song “Overtime,” which I thought was a perfect choice because of its upbeat nature. As the concert progressed, I found myself enjoying the atmosphere and lights that illuminated the stage and surrounding areas. The setlist was nothing but spectacular, he played his most popular songs and two unreleased ones to tease his new album.

Graphic by Emersyn Miller

Despite standing for nearly four hours, I never found myself tired or wanting to move away from the stage. Time flew by, and before I knew it, the concert was already over.

As the final song, “Revival,” closed out, I found myself breathless. The entire performance was fantastic and worth seeing a thousand times over. My friend and I migrated over to the lane where Zach Bryan entered and exited the stage. We took plenty of pictures and even got high-fives from Zach himself.

When the lights came back on and people filed towards the doors, I looked around in a final attempt to burn this concert into my long-term memory. I looked over towards my friend after exiting the CHI Health Center, and we were both speechless.

Like Zach Bryan said during his first concert night in Omaha, “I think music is just about the most beautiful thing in the world.

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