Breanna Hill, A&E Editor
This past Thursday, August 22, as a part of welcome week, Jacksonville State University hosted their fall semester concert, this time with country music star Scotty McCreery. McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol in 2011 and has since became a well-known name in the country music industry.
Uncertainty was taking over just a couple of hours before the concert was to take place. Just above the massive stage set up in the Meehan Hall parking lot, adjacent to Mountain Street, clouds threatened to release a treacherous downpour. The approaching storm was not enough to send the hundreds of audience members from crowding the stage in anticipation.
After concert-goers having to take shelter in various campus locations while the thunderstorm passed over Jacksonville, the concert was finally able to start. The entire parking lot was buzzing with concert-goers ready to catch a glimpse of McCreeryand listen to his catchy, country hits. He emerged on stage, filled with energy and ready to play some of his most well-known songs
The country music star kicked off the concert with “Buzzin”, which was released in 2013. He created a fun, electric atmosphere for all the fans watching the concert by singing various chart-toppers of his such as “Boys From Back Home”, “Feelin’ It”, “This is It”, “Five More Minutes” and “Seasons Change”.
McCreery took a break between some of his hits to honor early 2000s country artists by covering their songs. He performedGeorge Strait’s number one hit “Check Yes or No” .
The close call with the weather was not enough to discourage or disrupt welcome week festivities. McCreery delivered an incredible, energized performance that the audience was able to enjoy with ease, and will surely remember for quite some time.
Photo courtesy of Ashley Stephens