BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — While Garth Brooks rocked out in front of an intimate crowd at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on Thursday night, there was a separate event for those who weren't lucky enough to get tickets to the big show.
Temblor Brewing Company, which is located just down the road from the Crystal Palace, threw a party featuring live country music in order to celebrate the release of a new beer. Even though most of those who attended the party didn’t see Garth, they still had a nice night out.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience to see him at a venue as small as the crystal palace, who wouldn’t want to be there?" said Bakersfield resident Austin Powell.
Many couldn’t be at Thursday’s Garth Brooks concert, despite their best effort. In fact only about 500 people were able to win tickets to the big show.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t able to sit by the phone all day so we did enter online but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to get in," Powell said.
Bakersfield resident Jeff Hurley's family runs a French foreign exchange student program, and is currently living with Isabelle Linares, a France resident who is chaperoning a group of exchange students. Linares happens to be a bug country music fan.
“We got a chance for you to win some tickets, it's a unique opportunity," Hurley said. Adding that Linares was calling and texting for tickets several times a day.
Like many others who had tough luck getting into the show, Hurley went to the Temblor.
“We’re gonna stay open probably until 1 or 2 p.m., until people start going home," said Mike Lahti, who is the head brewer at Temblor Brewing Company.
Three-dollar pints and live country music were on tap at the party, which the brewery says is the best consolation for not winning tickets to the Garth Brooks concert.
“You know what we didn’t get in to Garth Brooks, but let's go out, have a good time and listen to country music," Powell said.