Baton Rouge Was Called: A Silly Recap of Garth Mania
It was a night to remember in Baton Rouge. I can not remember a bigger concert in Baton Rouge in my lifetime, where the entire town stopped. Yes, traffic was a nightmare, but in my opinion it was worth it.
Garth Brooks took over Baton Rouge in late April. Yes, it caused a seismic event. I am still trying to get an answer on how it compared to LSU/Auburn in '88. There are reports that beer was sold out at one point. I do know that there was a hot dog shortage (thanks a lot Biden).
Other little known facts: There were 120,000 people in the stands and probably 90,000 pairs of cowboy boots (50k white boots), 15,000 "Blame It All On My Roots" T-shirts, and 80,000 cowboy hats.
The around town was quite amazing. I was at lunch at Superior and there was an influx of botox and booty shorts. I even saw a husband and wife wearing matching t-shirts. I would assume the wife made them with her at home heat press. Tailgating was hot and heavy just like an LSU football weekend. There was a baseball game happening simultaneously at Alex Box, but no one seemed to be focused on that. It was about Beer, Boots and Brooks.
This was our post on TikTok. It garnered some vitriol from some people claiming Garth Brooks to be some sort of American traitor. I had no idea that people felt this way and that there is a Cancel Culture campaign at work against him.
Can we just have some fun? Who cares if he sang at Biden's inauguration? We can just enjoy a night a music and appreciate the love our community shares for our city and state. And the love we have for LSU Football.
Great night in our city. Please be sure to visit your local goodwill stores for some "Callin' Baton Rouge" t-shirts and plenty of cutoff jeans. They will be overwhelmed with the donations.