Sara B. brought her A-game to the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio this week, putting on one of the most phenomenal performances I've seen during my prestigious concert-going side career. It was in fact the 12th time I'd seen Sara in concert, either as a superstar headliner or as, in the mid-2000s, an opening act for an opening act. She's surely come a long way; in particular, her stage presence and overall concert production have grown by leaps and bounds, even in the past few months. I'm truly, truly honored to be a superfan as she continues building her lifelong music career.
The Buckeyed crowd was one of the best I've been part of, as well. As Sara described, it was a "pristinely magical" group, singing every word (even the verses to the non-singles) and clapping properly in rhythm for the King of Anything choruses (1-2-wait-1).
Each time I see Sara and band (Javier Dunn, Josh Day, Daniel Rhine, and Fil Krohnengold) in concert, I can't help but look forward to the next time they stop in the Midwest. On tour as Sugarland support this summer (and scheduled for several headlining shows with Raining Jane and Joshua Radin in between), it shouldn't be too much time before I get to do it all over again.
You can see the rest of my photos here.
Check out the setlist below as well as a few videos I shot as well: