Consider yourself warned: If you ever say you hate country music within earshot of Jake Owen, the consequences could be amazing!
Just ask Ellen Casey, Terri Smith and Nancy Sitarz, three Connecticut moms – friends since middle school – celebrating their 50th birthdays with a girls’ weekend trip to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, where Owen just happened to be performing Friday night.
“We had a spa day for all of our birthdays, then it was margaritas at the pool,” Casey, a hospital administrator from Wallingford, Connecticut, tells PEOPLE Country. “We were just there laughing and chatting. Then I see these boys staring at us and I’m thinking they’re either going to pull something or they’re going to hit on us!”
Turns out, it was Jake Owen – and his personal trainer – catching a few rays before his show.
After chatting for an hour – “we bonded because my son is in a band called Hostage Calm and Jake was saying how the best thing about what he does for a living is how proud his parents are of him,” says Casey – and buying the group drinks and lunch, Owen said there would be tickets at will call and that he hoped they would come to his show.
“Terri was the one who said she hated country music and she didn’t believe he was anybody, so she wouldn’t even take a picture with him.”
“He asked us which one of us was the responsible one, so he knew what name to leave at will call. I told him that’s me,” says Casey. “And Terri is still not believing him! She’s like, ‘There’s not going to really be tickets.'”
Not only were there tickets (and floor seats!), but Owen, 32, told the crowd about the group of ladies he met at the pool earlier that day.
“Where’s Terri?” he called out into the audience. “I was eavesdropping at the pool today and overheard someone say they hated country music.” Then he pulled the women up on stage to watch the rest of the show from his onstage tiki bar.
So has Terri changed her opinion of country music? “Yes!” she says. “I am especially a fan of Jake Owen – a huge fan. It was a weekend we’ll never forget!”
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