Since the #StirCove Summer concert season is gearing to fire up, I thought it'd be fun to revisit August 25th/26th 2011 when a few thousand country music and more importantly, Eric Church fans got together to help him film his video for 'Drink in My Hand' which would go on to become his very FIRST #1 song. It was an amazing 2 nights of friends, fun and music. All but 1 of these photos were taken on the fly from my phone through out both nights as the crowd waited for the fun to begin. You'll catch a glimpse from in front and behind the stage. Enjoy~
The double drum kit with the original EC Skull and Sunglass logo
This capacity crowd made it into the Stir hours prior to the sun going down. They enjoyed an early opening slot show from country rocker Frankie Ballard.
They were packed in like sardines on the grass, with one small aisle for photographers and security.
The 2011 version of the Eric Church 'vibe' room. Not for fans or public, but just a quiet room for band and crew to relax before the show.
We kept posting updates online leading up to the show for people still in traffic and in line waiting to get in. AND for the overflow that consumed the joinging parking lots.
Original Choir member Aaron Shriver (as well as other famous country stars and media people) flew in for both special nights.
There wasn't a lot of room to move on the grass, but once the music started, people weren't movin anyway.
From center stage, as the crowd was ready for the return of CHIEF to Omaha/Council Bluffs.
Once he hit the stage, the capacity crowd met him with every word of every song...note for note.
Prior to hitting the stage, we took a few people back to say hi to Eric. A friend of mine actually sold Eric this little guitar. The LAST time Eric was in town, he saw my friend playing it. When we knew they were coming back to town to film the video, Eric called and asked if my buddy wanted to part with it because it would make a perfect 'Bus' songwriting guitar. As far as I know, Eric still tinkers with it to this day.
Very blurry phone photo, but a quick snap of Driver and myself right before the band hit the stage. The energy from the crowd was unlike anything any of us (including the band) had ever experienced.
And finally, a professional shot from Omaha based photographer Chip Duden during the video shoot that night. To film the video, they performed 'Drink in My Hand' twice for the crowd, both nights. Then, many of the close-up video shots of the band were shot about an hour after the crowd had left the gates. Around 2AM. Many of Chip's shots of Eric from that night hang through out the concourse of the casino/restaurants and bars. It was truly an epic night.
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What a (couple of) great night(s)!!! We hope to have another JUST like it soon~