You may have stopped to wonder who played at the Bryce Jordan Center in its 26 years, but have you ever stopped to wonder who played there the more?
After compiling a playlist Of almost every artist to grace the arena stage, we decided to take a look at the stadium data and figure out which artist has rocked the BJC the most times.
Due to the large number of BJC performers, we only include acts that have performed at least three times. Unfortunately, that meant artists like the Jonas Brothers, Metallica, the Wiggles and Incubus didn’t make the cut. Don’t worry, though. BJC’s most frequent performer has performed enough times to make up for all those acts combined.
Believe it or not, Sesame Street Live tops all Bryce Jordan Center visitors with 10 appearances, according to BJC’s own data. The live tour, based on the TV show “Sesame Street”, first visited the BJC in 1996, the same year the venue opened. The tour was revisited in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and most recently in 2022. 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 returned in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010.
Country band Rascal Flatts rounded out the top three with seven strong performances. Probably best known for his 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 in 2016.
Despite Sesame Street Live’s dominance over Happy Valley, country music takes the lead in terms of the most frequent genre to stop in town, according to BJC’s own data.
Of the 48 acts that were included in our dataset, 21 were primarily domestic. Artists like Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Reba McEntire have made a strong representation of country artists throughout BJC’s history.
Rock was the second most frequent genre with six artists including Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band and KISS. Christian rock follows closely with four performers, including Skillet and Casting Crowns.
If you’re wondering what ‘symphonic metal’ is, it would be none other than the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which has stopped at the BJC five times since 2010.
As bands return to the road as COVID-19 concerns ease, who knows how accurate this data will be in a few years. For now, all we know is that Sesame Street Live and rooted country music reign supreme at BJC.