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Luke Bryan headlines two nights at Darien Lake

Not every contemporary country musician can reference catfish, T-Pain and Conway Twitty in the same auto-tuned vocal verse.

Actually, that’s not true. I’m sure plenty of trucker-capped ne’er-do-wells could name-drop this trio if they wanted to – but they’d be treading on the turf of stubbled singer/songwriter Luke Bryan if they did. The Georgia-born genre crossover hasn’t sold more than 7 million albums by playing Nashville traditional, and he’s certain to bring his specially crafted brand of Spring Break-appropriate cornfield pop into late summer when he rolls his “Kick The Dust Up” tour into Western New York at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Now appearing in support of his tour-named May release, the two-time CMT Entertainer of the Year and voice behind 12 No. 1 songs – including “That’s My Kind of Night” and “Drunk on You” – should provide two nights worth of Southern-flavored chaos before locals fall into Labor Day weekend.

Friday’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Thursday night. Prices start at $45 (Ticketmaster).

– Michael Farrell

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