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Hunter Hayes wows sold-out fair crowd

  • Award-winning singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes in concert at Chris Beck Arena during the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif., on August 6, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Andrea Walsh spent all of one spring night in a sleeping bag on the cold ground in front of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds box office for this moment.

"It means the world," the 18-year-old Petaluman said moments before country music phenom Hunter Hayes took the stage Tuesday night at the Chris Beck Arena to the screams of nearly 5,000 adoring fans.

"We wanted to be front row," she said, with her twin sister, Stephanie, at her side. "We are pretty dead center, seats 11 and 12."

Hunter Hayes In Concert

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The Walsh twins, like many other in the arena, were most anxious to hear Hayes's newest hit, "I Want Crazy."

Hayes, 21, took the stage at 7:40 p.m., jamming out hits from his 2013 release, "Encore," eliciting screams at his every utterance.

"Hey, if you know any of the words, why don't you just sing it with me all right?" he said before launching into "Storm Warning."

Hayes, who sold out the 4,683-seat arena, precedes the sold-out show of Florida Georgia Line, the duo who will take the stage tonight on the strength of former No. 1 hit "Cruise."

Temperatures that dropped sharply as the evening wore on did nothing to quell the enthusiasm of the largely female crowd.

"I'm in love with Hunter Hayes," said Madeline Howard, 15, of Santa Rosa. "He has a really good voice."

Cameron Catanese came down from Weaverville with her mom, Julie, to see Hayes. It was her first concert.


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