Photo Credit: Alessandra Guarneri

Photo by Alessandra Guarneri

Thomas Rhett Puts On The Show Of The Summer At PNC Bank Arts Center

It was an experience that began well before the doors opened and well after Rhett left the stage that night.

August 5, 2019
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By Alessandra Guarneri

Thomas Rhett took the stage for the Very Hot Summer Tour at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, for an unforgettable show on one of the hottest days of the summer so far.

With opening acts Rhett Akins, Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson already wowing the crowd and preparing them for Rhett’s set, it became clear that this tour is beyond powerful when it comes to the talent and those supporting them. Fans from all over began tailgating hours prior to doors opening while blasting songs from every act on stage as well as other country chart-toppers. It was an experience that began well before the doors opened and after Rhett left the stage at night. People from all over the tri-state area marked this date off on their calendar months ago to make sure they would be able to see Thomas Rhett and hear his addictively catchy songs live. Fans of his came together for the show of the summer and left remembering what music is all about. 

Photo Credit: Alessandra Guarneri
Photo by Alessandra Guarneri

Photo Credit: Alessandra Guarneri
Photo by Alessandra Guarneri

Rhett started off his set strong with his smash hit “Look What God Gave Her” and fans knew every word right off the bat. From there, the "Star Of The Show" singer effortlessly transitioned from track to track while taking the time to address the crowd in between songs. Although the venue was packed with thousands upon thousands of fans, Rhett somehow still made this performance seem intimate and as if he was speaking to everyone individually. 

The setlist was full of both old and new songs which satisfied attendees all around the venue. Rhett was able to break up his very upbeat performance with some of his slower jams and fans loved every second of it. Songs like "Marry Me" and "Die A Happy Man" allowed people to appreciate the moment and focus on what the music Rhett has been writing for years is all about yet again. Family, love, making memories and enjoying life while you can. 

Photo Credit: Alessandra Guarneri
Photo by Alessandra Guarneri

Towards the middle of his set, the ‘T-Shirt’ singer made his way to the lawn area where a second stage was set up closer up to some more of his fans towards the back of the venue. He performed four tracks on the second stage, including ‘Star Of The Show,’ and gave die-hard fans in the lawn area an unforgettable experience of their own that no one else in the venue was able to witness in the same way. Rhett even made sure to high-five supporters close to the barricade and take a few fan-selfies before making his way back to the main stage...and the fan interactions didn't stop there. A shocked 16-year-old celebrating her birthday was unexpectedly pulled on stage to be a part of his performance of "Sixteen" and regardless of their age or gender, every single person in that venue was wishing that girl was them at that moment.

Rhett was undeniably grateful to be on stage in front of some of his most die-hard fans who managed to withstand the heat and any exhaustion that the seemingly unbearable weather may have caused that night. His energy radiated from the stage to the back row of the lawn and ended up lasting the whole ride home for some spectators. He even got emotional towards the end of his set and made sure to remind the crowd about how grateful he is for everything his family, friends and fans make possible for him. 

Photo Credit: Alessandra Guarneri
Photo by Alessandra Guarneri

It was a night full of energy, powerful vocals and fun at the PNC Bank Arts Center. We may be nearing the end of summer, but Thomas Rhett made it feel like it had only just begun during this show. He brought up his father (Rhett Akins), Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson towards the end of his show for his song “Beer Can’t Fix” and made sure that everyone on the tour felt a part of the party going on in New Jersey on August 3, 2019. If one thing is certain, this is definitely not a tour you are going to want to miss. The fan to artist connection for each act on the Very Hot Summer Tour was completely natural and genuine. Every single person on that stage and in the crowd that night was there for one reason and one purpose only: the music and its importance to them.

Be sure to see Thomas Rhett on his Very Hot Summer Tour at a location near you!