With a mix of living in other states and the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time in over a decade, I experienced a concert at PNC Bank Arts Center. Before Sunday night, my last PNC show was with my parents in 2007, we saw The Allman Brothers Band & Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead. On Sunday night, I saw country music superstar Luke Bryan. As you can tell I enjoy all genres of music but more importantly, it felt amazing to be back at one of New Jersey's best concert venues.

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The night started with me drinking a few hard seltzers in one of the parking lots outside of the venue. The weather was great, the vibes were fun, and I didn't have to go to work the next day, so I was feeling loose. I was with my sister, brother-in-law, and an outgoing group of people we had the pleasure of meeting at the tailgate.

I was atrocious at cornhole but I'm blaming one tailgater who was feeding me pickles that were preserved in moonshine. Only at a country concert would you be able to eat moonshine pickles! They were even Claussen pickles... If you know, you know. 

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Anyway, there are two things that I really want to bring up in this article. First, some of us at the Jersey Shore take the PNC Bank Arts Center for granted. I live in Wall Township, so it's an easy twenty-minute drive north on the Garden State Parkway. I was talking to some people who drove two, three, one couple drove four hours just to see Luke Bryan! Not only do we have the beach and great restaurants, but we have a concert venue that brings in some of the biggest names in music. We are very fortunate to have the PNC Bank Arts Center in our backyard. Definitely take advantage when you can!

In addition, I was truly impressed with the crowd! The PNC Bank Arts Center can hold around 17,500 people. I started the concert in the lawn sweats but I made my way around to the side of the stage to take a picture, the same picture you see in the cover photo. The energy from the fans was one of a kind, I was in awe. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us many obstacles, that didn't matter. It was refreshing to see people living their life! Everyone was having fun, dancing, and screaming lyrics!

In conclusion, I had an awesome night and I can't wait to be back enjoying another PNC concert. A big thank you to the PNC Bank Arts Center staff for keeping everyone safe and organized!

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