LIMA — “If found please return to Kane Brown.” Those were the custom matching shirts the group of Maxel and Molen ladies, from Springfield, almost didn’t get a chance to show off.
“I got on the second they went on sale,” said Sherry Maxel. “(The website) was down, it buffered a long time, and I thought I wasn’t getting through.”
Tickets for the VIP section sold out almost immediately when they went on sale at 9 a.m. May 21, and two hours before the start of the concert, all tickets were sold out and guests had to be turned away.
Luckily Maxel was able to snag seven VIP tickets so her family could surprise Leanna, 7, and Macie Maxel, 9 for their birthdays and first concerts.
Paula Molen said they’ve been fans since Brown started gaining traction with fans on Facebook several years ago, so it’s nice he’s still touring in areas like Lima despite his growing fame.
“The little ones don’t have to be in a humongous arena and get a little tiny glimpse of Kane Brown,” Molen said. “Here, they get to see him.”
Leanna and Macie were looking forward to hearing Brown’s two newest songs “One Thing Right” and “Like a Rodeo.”
His newest singles seem to be a hit, because “Rodeo” is also what Liz Cornett, of Lima, Jordan Crates and Katie Delph, both of Elida, were looking forward to.
Cornett was the first in line for the VIP section, arriving at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. She was soon joined by Crates and Delph at 8 a.m. They quickly became friends since they were going to spend the day together.
“I have been begging the fair to bring him since last year,” Cornett said, wearing her Kane Brown shirt. “I saw him at Country Concert and was like you guys really need to bring him, he will sell out.”
Cornett also tried to get tickets as soon as they opened up online, but she wasn’t able to get through.
“When I got on, I clicked and it told me they were sold out,” she said. “I called my husband, and he said, ‘That really sucks, but I got them for us.’ I was having a mini heart attack at first, while I was at work.”
Cornett said is a fan of Brown because of what he brings to country music.
“He’s not like any other country artists, he breaks the stigma,” she said. “People think he should be singing rap and hip hop, but he sings country, and he sings it really well.”
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