John Mayer, Luke Bryan to play at the AmphitheaterBy Ashley Chaffin | 02/27/2012 11:06pm
Mayer, a seven-time Grammy winner, will play 18 cities between April 9 and May 6 in his first U.S. tour in two years. He will stop in Tuscaloosa on April 26 at 7 p.m with special guest Kacey Musgraves, a country singer-songwriter who is working on her debut album.
Amanda Abawi, a senior majoring in psychology, said she’s been a fan of Mayer for about five years and is really excited to see him live for the first time.
“He’s gorgeous, and he has a beautiful singing voice,” she said. “Plus, he writes his own music, which I can really respect, and it’s all songs people can relate to without the songs being too whiny.”
She said she hopes to hear “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” and “Long Song for No One” at the show.
Although she’s not as big of a fan of Luke Bryan, she said she might go to the April 13 show because the price is low, and she has always enjoyed him on the radio.
Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music award winner, will perform with special guests Craig Campbell and Frankie Ballard as part of the Tailgates and Tanlines Tour.
Alex Dodds, a junior majoring in business management, said he is excited for the show.
“I really like his style and how he sings,” he said. “I’ve never been to the amphitheater before, so I’m excited to make it my first show there. It’ll be the first one I actually have the money for.”
Tickets for both shows can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. John Mayer tickets can be purchased starting Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m., and tickets for Luke Bryan will go on sale Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m.
For John Mayer, all tickets are for reserved seating and will cost $37, $47 or $67 depending on the seats. For Luke Bryan there will be a general admission cost of $40.25 or reserved seating for $26.25 and $36.25.
Abawi, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, went to the Avett Brothers show last spring and said she really enjoyed it. She said Tuscaloosa needed something like the Amphitheatre.
“It’s awesome. I’m glad that they put one in Tuscaloosa so I have something right down the road to go to for music that’s not a bar,” she said.