New date OK’d for Luke Bryan farm concert

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Country music star Luke Bryan will make good on his Twitter promise to perform “very, very soon” at a Kalamazoo County farm.

The Richland Township Board of Trustees voted Thursday night to approve Stafford Farms’ bid to host the Luke Bryan Farm Tour on Oct. 24 — the day before Bryan is scheduled to perform at Ford Field in Detroit.

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The Richland Park Horse Trail, where Luke Bryan plans to bring his Farm Tour. (Sept. 19, 2019)

Many fans are bummed that the concert was rescheduled for a weeknight, since the show was originally on a Friday night. Richland Township Clerk Bear Priest told News 8 that there’s no way to accommodate everyone.

“I hate to be that mean, but that’s not really a consideration if someone can’t make it, because I’m sure there would be some people who couldn’t make it if it was on a Saturday,” Priest said. 

On the tour website, Bryan says all tickets and parking passes will be honored on the rescheduled date and those who can’t make the concert can request a refund by emailing until 6 p.m. Monday.

Bryan’s performance at Stafford Farms was originally slated for Sept. 27. It was expected to draw upwards of 20,000 people.

Hours before the concert, Bryan seemed unfazed by the forecast, tweeting “Rain makes corn. See y’all tonight on the farm, Michigan.” But storms proved to be too much, forcing his entourage to postpone the performance.

Priest said they learned a lot from the first time around, thinking of it as a “wet run.” 

“Unfortunately, every time lightning struck right there by the field, we had to pull everybody that was parking in, which meant we had to shut down parking,” Priest said. “We’ve learned a lot and I think that was a great thing.”

Ahead of the Oct. 24 show, trustees and law enforcement officials are already discussing ways to improve traffic and parking, especially if it should storm again. 

“We tried every way to watch the weather to keep you guys safe and at the end, I mean lightning was everywhere and we just couldn’t put you guys in danger,” Bryan said in a video posted on Twitter two days later. “It was tough on you guys getting there, having all the rain come down. And we’re picking a new date very, very soon and thank you guys for being the best fans in the world and understanding.”

Gull Lake Community Schools has scheduled a half day for students and staff on the day of the concert.

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