Jake Owen brings the beach to Nashville


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Jake Owen brings the beach to Nashville

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

Jake Owen's second annual "Beach Party" brought beach balls, massive crowds and several special guests to BMI's headquarters on Nashville's Music Row Monday night.

Gray skies cleared before the 32-year-old Florida native took the dusk-lit stage following Southern rock supporting bands Old Dominion and the Cadillac Three.

"Tonight I'm going to give you everything I've got ... ya'll gotta give me everything you got," Jake screamed from a catwalk surrounded by thousands of his fans. The line to gain entrance reportedly began at around 7 a.m. for the 6 p.m. doors.

Dressed in an Ol' Waylon t-shirt, Jake danced barefoot through his "Days of Gold" tour's sizzling set-list on a stage decked with his own version of his hometown Riverside Cafe, including dock rope, palm tree and tiki bars. (Click here and here to read our "Days of Gold" tour recap.)

Here's our Top 5 must-see-moments from Monday's show:

1. Beach balls! Lots and lots of beach balls! During his platinum-certified No. 1 summer song, "Beachin'," dozens of oversized beach balls appeared in the center of the bikini-wearing, beer-drinking, hula-skirted crowd and bopped around like buoys on the not-so-near ocean. You could almost smell the salt air. Watch above.

2. Did we already mention the surprise guests? Dan + Shay, T.J. Osborne of the duo Brothers Osborne. Sonia Leigh and Mike Posner showed up to play. Yes, really ... pop and R&B producer Mike Posner.

And the epitome of Jake's makeshift "Beach Party?" None other than Jake teaming up with Lee Brice for Lee's gold-certified hit "Parking Lot Party." After all, "we're in a ... parking lot," laughed Jake.

3. Nashville songwriter Travis Meadows, who penned "What We Ain't Got," joined Jake for his latest single. "This is the best song I've ever recorded," Jake beamed beside Travis.

4. Jake flew a couple from Ohio out to the show after a radio call-in that morning. "[While on-air with nationally-syndicated morning man Bobby Bones] I said, 'If you're listening right now and you call in -- first person to call in -- I'll fly you and your friend to Nashville,'" Jake said as he grinned with the happy couple, Elijah and Mackenzie.

The duo remained onstage with leis draped around their necks as they helped Jake sing covers: Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby," and two from Jake's onetime tour-mates -- Alan Jackson's "Chattahoochee" and Brooks & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie."

5. "Daddy" Jake to his own little sweetheart Pearl, the singer invited two little girls onstage during a break in his performance of "The One That Got Away." With their own fathers in tow, kids Courtney and Evie provided "ooo" vocals and were rewarded with their own brightly-colored leis and drumsticks.

"Ya'll give it up for  -- not only these two beautiful girls -- but these two awesome dads that brought them out tonight," Jake said as he high-fived the pint-sized cuties.

Celebrating 10 years since Jake moved to Nashville, the free Beach Party was ultimately for his fans, but also a reflection of how far he's come as an artist.

From first playing to a handful of people around the corner from BMI at Otter's Chicken Tenders, to now closing out an epic parking lot party for thousands on Music Row, "I feel like with it being in Music City, the least I can do is give back to the city that has given me so much," Jake proudly stated.

"Thank you Nashville, you made every one of our dreams come true. Thank you, BMI. Thank you, Music City."

Additional show highlights included Jake sweetly dedicating "Don't Think I Can't Love You" to his father, who recently "kicked cancer's a--!" Another highlight was his special guests (friends) joining him onstage for the finale: an energetic cover of "Jump" by Van Halen, as the guys snapped selfies with each other while ... well, jumping.

Until his third annual "Beach Party" next year, Jake continues his 75-city Days of Gold tour in Alabama and Louisiana this weekend.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.