DALLAS There are few things Texans love more than a beautiful evening spent drinking a beer and listening to country music. Especially when admission is free.
The March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park made a night of it that started Friday afternoon. Fans traded in work for a patch of grass, some high-flying entertainment and the music they came for all with a beautiful backdrop of Downtown Dallas.
It was enough to impress one Kentucky fan. 'Everyone we've actually spoken to here in Dallas has been really nice... really hospitable,' she said.
'There was no better place to do it! It's so beautiful, the way they set it up. It's going to get packed, and it's awesome the way they did it,' said Cesar Galvan of Dallas, who feels proud to have North Texas playing host to the premiere college basketball event.
'There's nothing like Texas and Dallas, so there's nothing better than being here.'
That was a feeling some of the performers could relate to, like SMU graduate Jack Ingram, who was first to hit the stage.
The Eli Young Band, who met as students at UNT in Denton years ago, they told the crowd, 'it's good to be home.'
On our spin around the Ferris Wheel, we watched the crowd grow and sway to the music, all leading up to the evening's headliner, Jason Aldean.
Aldean brought out the biggest crowd of the night, capping off the first of three days of music in the heart of downtown.