Country music star performs free concert in Pottsville

America’s oldest brewery gave the community the celebration of summer as thousands came to see one of the biggest names in country music for free.

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Country music star Lee Brice took the stage in front of more than 17,000 fans in Pottsville, all for free.

It’s all part of Yuengling’s Stars and Stripes summer concert celebration; the first since 2019.

The streets around the brewery were closed so people could check out different vendors and drink yeungling beer.

“There are a lot of people here for such a small town that I’ve never seen so crowded,” said Alicia Mennig, Leesport.

Pottsville Mayor Dave Clews raised concerns in the days leading up to the event about the number of people who would stream into town.

He explains that it is a colossal undertaking to ensure the safety of such a crowd.

“It’s a very safe environment, a very safe environment, I feel comfortable with the day knowing that all of these agencies are here in my hometown to protect us,” said Pottsville Mayor Dave Clews.

Concert goers tell Newswatch16 that a crowd like this is what makes the concert experience.

“It’s a great vibe, pristine vibes, I mean it’s a great event they’re doing, it’s my first time here and I’m having a great time,” said Joey Kober, of Allentown .

“I think they have everything under control, perfectly organized, I think they have everything planned out, they have done a great job,” said Nicholas Papahristos, West Chester.

A portion of the proceeds from the celebration will be donated to the Red White and Blue team.

“So it’s our partner military organization, so we’re also giving back and honoring our veterans at this ceremony,” Debbie Yuengling said.

Headliner Lee Brice met with the Yuengling family and a small group of fans before the show. He says it means a lot to him to be able to be part of an event that gives back to veterans.

“Every time we’re going to do a show that’s geared towards that, man, they love it, we love it, and we’re so proud of it and I feel like I’m doing a little thing,” Lee Brice said.

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