After Luke Bryan concert canceled, fans hope he’ll crash their party in Olathe

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LOUISBURG, Kan. -- Twenty-thousand disappointed fans can blame Mother Nature for a Luke Bryan concert being canceled.

A muddy field didn't allow roadies to set up for the concert in Louisburg, Kansas, on Thursday.

One group of fans aren't letting the weather deter them from partying with Bryan -- and they have a special invitation for him, too.

They've relocated to Olathe Thursday evening for the second best party in town. It's not a farm party but a street party complete with Bryan. Or his music at least.

"Our plan is to still wear our boots out and have a good time," Luke Bryan fan Heidi Ernst said.

Last summer, Heidi's husband John was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. His family planned to have a blast at the country star's concert before John starts treatment Tuesday at the University of Iowa.

"I have a big time fight ahead of me," John said.

For some fun to fuel his fight, John's friends and family got a party bus bound for the Luke Bryan concert. Instead, they're partying in the driveway.

"Last time Luke Bryan was in Baldwin City we went as a neighborhood and that was great memories and when he came back, we were like hey lets go this is going to be awesome!"

Mother Nature may have put a damper on the concert but not the fun because it was never really about Luke Bryan. It's all about showing love to their friend before he heads off to battle.

"Everybody has rallied around us and that makes it decal for me because I know my kids and family are going to be taken care of and that is the thing I worry about the most," John said.

John is excited that this new plan includes more people and kids, whose laughter helps lift the spirits of this school principal and father of two.

"It is bittersweet that we aren't going, but there is a silver lining to everything," John said.

"We wanted to make it special for him," Heidi said. "When we found out it was canceled, I cried. It was just another punch in the gut of what we have been through the past weeks. So the neighbors said let's just sit out in the cul de sac and listen to Luke Bryan music anyhow."

They've also issued a special invitation to Luke Bryan himself if he happens to be out there reading this story: Come on out to the party!

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