Luke Bryan pulls out a Bryan Adams classic in new performance Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pandora
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Pandora

January is one of the coldest months of the year. But, many country music fans found a great way to escape the frigid temperatures thanks to Luke Bryan’s annual Crash My Playa concert festival.

The four-day musical extravaganza, which ran from Jan. 17-20, took place on the tropical beach shores of Riviera, Mexico. Concertgoers got to enjoy warm weather and sunny days.

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But the heat was turned up even more near the stage when Luke delivered a crowd-pleasing cover performance of one of the most iconic summertime anthems! Yep, the 41-year-old Georgian channeled rocker Bryan Adams’ ’80s smash, “Summer of ’69,” during his closing set on Jan. 21.

Fans screamed wildly as Luke, who was armed with his acoustic guitar, utilized his upper register to reach all the high notes on the classic rock song. He didn’t need to do much work though, because the audience enthusiastically sang along to every lyric. Meanwhile, one of Luke’s stagehands provided him with enough drinks to party with the energetic and rowdy crowd all night.

Near the end of the performance, Luke and the crowd shouted out the song’s famous line, “Back in the summer of ’69,” multiple times before the country superstar joked, “69, 69, that’s my favorite number.”

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Aside from “Summer of ’69,” there was no shortage of cover songs at the event. On the night before his headlining performance, Luke joined Blake Shelton onstage and the two traded lines on a variety of hit songs for more than an hour! Luke also showcased both cover songs and original tunes during his own shows, including Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”


And if you missed Luke at his 2018 Crash My Playa event, you need not worry, as he’ll be on the road all year long. On Feb. 16, he will head out on his “What Makes You Country Tour,” which continues through the fall. In the midst of the trek, he will also grace fans on television as a judge on ABC’s rebooted “American Idol” before incorporating stadium dates into his tour, which will also include Sam Hunt and Jon Pardi. Fans can go to for a full list of tour dates.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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