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Thomas Rhett
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Standard: Bare feet

Thomas Rhett did a great job firing up the crowd Friday night, and expectations for a great night of fun and music were getting higher as he finished his set.

Then, a stormy Nebraskaland Days concert tradition struck.

Rhett sang such hits as Beer With Jesus, All American Middle Class White Boy and Sorry for Partying. As he finished, ominous clouds approached from the west.

As dark clouds filled with lightning approached, people were advised to get clear of the steel around the stage, and told that it would be a 10-15 minute wait.

Then a second announcement advised people that winds were expected to blow at 50 miles per hour and they might be safer in their vehicles.

The high winds and hail around 9:15 p.m. sent many people to their cars.

As the first and worst part of the storm passed 45 minutes later, some folks entertained themselves by sliding in the mud in and around the arena.

Police arrested a man who stripped to his underwear for mud-sliding.

After the rain quit, the crowd waited more than a hour for the music to start again. Some yelled “Money back,” but the chant did not catch on and died away.

One hundred people arrived on a bus from Ogallala for the concert and did some of the booing. Several said they wanted to go home because they had to work in the morning.

As the rain quit, people returned to the floor of the arena and stood together, waiting. A few fights broke out.

When Kid Rock finally took the stage shortly after midnight, he got everyone into party mode again.

The Kid rambled across the stage, urging the crowd on, performing rap, hip-hop and his best-known country songs for about 45 minutes. Then the concert was called because of the late hour.

Lee Bryce did not perform.

The weather-shortened concert left people disappointed, but with some appreciation for what they managed to see.

"Had a fantastic time last night,” Cindy Harris of North Platte said the next morning. “Too bad it rained and hailed though. We had to fork out some cash for hoodies, so we all didn't freeze. O well, a good souvenir for the night anyway. As for the couple of guys that got arrested for doing belly slides in the mud, that was total BS. They were just trying to make the best of a bad situation. Well anyway, I had a great time with some friends.”

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/22/2013
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