Lady Antebellum brings Southern style to the BJC

The Bryce Jordan Center radiated Southern charm Saturday night as Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square and Darius Rucker took the stage.

Thompson Square, comprised of dynamic husband-and-wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson, started the show off right with plenty of sass and playful dancing. Shawna rocked the stage in a risky, yet very fashionable outfit: a black bustier and frilly plaid skirt. The highlight of the band’s performance was its recent number-one hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” Shawna convinced her husband to give her a big smooch on stage to end the set.

Next, Darius Rucker, wearing a simple green T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap, performed all of his hit songs — “Alright” and “Come Back Song” included. He then had the entire arena shouting along to the Hank Williams classic “Family Tradition.” This was only appropriate, as family was an important theme — he frequently spoke of them between songs, and he even brought tears to many of the audience members’ eyes as he changed the words to his song, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” to make it seem like he was singing to his own daughter.

But nothing topped the headliner, Lady Antebellum. The crowd went wild with each song the group played, especially “As You Turn Away.” The audience had voted for the song before the show, and singer Hillary Scott was especially grateful. She told the crowd that the song meant a lot to her, and it showed in her singing. Bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood also energized the crowd with “Hello World.” While the harmony by Scott and Kelley was mind-blowing, there’s no doubt that Scott stole the show with her sparkly outfits, winning smile and bubbly personality. For country fans, the sold-out show was worth every penny.

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