Eric Church Surprises Fans, Shows Up To Tailgate Before Pittsburgh Show

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Eric Church

Not a bad guest to have at your tailgate.

Eric Church fans were having a little pre-show parking lot party ahead of his concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past weekend, the latest stop on his current Outsiders Revival Tour.

But I bet they weren’t expecting Chief himself to crash the party.

Church posted video of himself heading out to the parking lot to hang out with some of his fans before the show. Wearing a shirt from his new bar, Chief’s, and with a bottle of his new Whiskey Jypsi in hand, Church stepped out of the car in front of some shocked fans who were pumped to get to meet the man himself before the show.

The country music superstar took some pictures with fans, even handing out a bottle of his whiskey to one excited fan:

“Eric Church. I don’t want to swear. He’s the best.”

Talk about a man of the people.

New Renderings Of His Upcoming Nashville Bar, Chief’s

Man, I can’t wait to see this place.

I generally avoid Broadway and downtown Nashville in general. But when Church opens his new bar, I’m going to have to venture down there to check it out.

Early last year, Church announced that he had a new bar named Chief’s coming to downtown Nashville in the near future.

The new venue will be located at 200 Broadway, in the building that formerly housed Cotton Eyed Joe, and will be right beside John Rich’s Redneck Riviera.

Church bought the building for $24.5 million from Rich along with Ben Weprin, founder of boutique real estate investment management firm AJ Capital Partners, which also owns the famous Exit/In music venue in Nashville and is best known for its chain of Graduate Hotels across the country.

He’s also bringing in a taste of his local Carolinas by partnering with famous BBQ chef Rodney Scott, the James Beard Award-winning pitmaster and founder of Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, for the bar’s food program, which will be served from the rooftop and contain all-weather seating for visitors.

And to set itself apart from the other artist bars in downtown Nashville, Chief’s plans to feature a two-story seated music venue that would be able to host ticketed live events.

Recently, Chief showed us what we can expect when we step inside his bar for a performance.

The bar unveiled its official Instagram account recently, and shared a glimpse of the music venue that fans have to look forward to once the bar’s completed.

Chief's Broadway

This place looks incredible, with stained-glass windows around the multi-story venue reminiscent of the historic Ryman Auditorium just a few blocks away. And it’s a far cry from the bachelorette-filled honky tonks that will surround it, looking more like a place that you can go to focus on the music that made Nashville famous and not the party scene that Broadway’s become.

There’s still no word yet on exactly when Chief’s will open, but I see fans talking about it every day online, so I know it’ll be insanely popular when it does.

And with venues like this inside, it’s not hard to see why folks are so excited.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock