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Sesame Street Live & Country Music Dominate Bryce Jordan Center’s Performance Log

You may have stopped to wonder who’s played at the Bryce Jordan Center over the course of its 26 years, but have you ever stopped to wonder who has performed there the most?

After compiling a playlist of almost every performer to grace the arena’s stage, we decided to take a look at the stadium’s data and figure out which performer has rocked the BJC most often.

Due to the sheer number of BJC performers, we’re including only acts that have performed a minimum of three times. Unfortunately, this means performers like the Jonas Brothers, Metallica, the Wiggles, and Incubus didn’t make the cut. Not to worry, though. The BJC’s most frequent performer has performed enough times to make up for all of those acts combined.

Believe it or not, Sesame Street Live dominates all visitors to the Bryce Jordan Center with a whopping 10 appearances, according to the BJC’s own data. The live tour, based on the television show “Sesame Street”, first visited the BJC in 1996, the same year the venue opened. The tour has re-visited in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and, most recently, 2022 back in early March.

The second-most frequent visitor to the Bryce Jordan Center is gospel artist Bill Gaither, who has performed eight times. Gaither first performed at the BJC in 1999 and came again in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2010.

Rounding out the top three is country band Rascal Flatts with a solid seven performances. Probably best known for its cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway”, Rascal Flatts first stopped in Happy Valley in 2002, returning in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and, most recently, 2016.

Despite Sesame Street Live’s dominance over Happy Valley, country music takes the lead in terms of the most frequent genre to stop into town, according to the BJC’s own data.

Of the 48 acts that were included in our data set, 21 were predominantly country. Performers like Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and Reba McEntire made for a strong showing of country artists throughout the BJC’s history.

Rock was the second-most frequent genre with six performers, including Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, and KISS. Christian rock followed closely with four performers, including Skillet and Casting Crowns.

If you’re wondering what “symphonic metal” is, that would be none other than the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which has stopped at the BJC five times since 2010.

With music acts returning to the road as COVID-19 worries ease up, who knows how accurate this data will be in a few years’ time. For now, all we know is that Sesame Street Live and rootin’-tootin’ country music reign supreme at the BJC.

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Anna Wiggins

Anna is a junior majoring in public relations and one of Onward State's social media editors. Hailing from Washington D.C. (aka Alexandria, Virginia), she loves 80's and 90's rock, spending money on clothes, and was born in a pink hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Please share your favorite nepo baby with her on Twitter @annaewiggins or send all of your best gossip to her email, [email protected]

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