Spectacular. Phenomenal. Fantastic. Take your pick, because they all fit Zac Brown Band's performance Friday night at the Great Jones County Fair. It was another extra-special night.

Thursday night in Monticello, Dan + Shay did their first concert in 489 days. Friday evening, Zac Brown Band returned to the tour stage, 500 days after they became the first group in country music to announce they were canceling multiple shows of their 2020 tour. Little did we know at the time, they wouldn't play another show until Friday night's in Monticello.

Thursday, Zac Brown Band posted they were ready to go. They couldn't have been more right.

Following an opening set by Ross Ellis, the crowd was almost surprised when the headline performance started. Zac Brown Band's eight members began the show without a grand entrance. They just strode out, with the lights down, and did what they do. They played, showing off crazy-good musicianship all the while.

You're right about that Maddie. The entire band was terrific throughout the show. Of special note, I'm sure Charlie Daniels was smiling from ear to ear from his seat in heaven when the band did his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". And man did they do it proud.

Zac Brown is a man of few words. He prefers to let his music do the talking. And it spoke to an absolutely massive crowd Friday night at the Great Jones County Fair. There wasn't a seat to be had or a spot left to be stood in. The Zac Brown Band had finally done what so many had begged for, for years... they'd played in Monticello, Iowa. And we'll all remember it for a very, very long time.

Zac Brown Band with Ross Ellis at the Great Jones County Fair July 23, 2021

Photos from the Friday night concert at the 2021 Great Jones County Fair in Monticello.

Dan + Shay with Gavin DeGraw at the Great Jones County Fair July 22, 2021

Photos from the Thursday night concert at the 2021 fair in Monticello.