Country-pop duo, Sugarland, performed in the Detroit area last night as part of their national Incredible Machine Tour. In addition to a quirky and unique brand of country music, Sugarland is known for its semi-surprising, yet ultimately fitting opening acts; this summer they have one of my absolute faves, Sara Bareilles, to warm up the crowd each night.
As the sun began to set at DTE Music Theatre, Sara B. took the stage, performing an eight-song set that included three tracks from her major label debut, Little Voice ("Love Song," "Gravity," and "Many the Miles"), and five songs from her most recent album, Kaleidoscope Heart ("King of Anything," "Uncharted," "Gonna Get Over You," "Let the Rain," and "Basketcase"). During her 45 minutes on stage, Sara charmed and engaged with the sold out crowd of more than 15,000. She also announced that her next single had just been decided and would be the stellar "Gonna Get Over You."
Sugarland took the stage a short time after and immediately showed why they continue to fill ampitheaters night after night. Their 90 minute set was filled with an energy and chemistry between the comfortable duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush that radiated throughout the venue.
Sugarland performed its long list of hits as well as a medley of familiar cover songs:
Sara B. also joined Sugarland on stage for an adorable encore performance of the Dexy Midnight Runners classic, "Come On Eileen."
In addition to Jennifer's out-of-this-world vocal talent and Kristian's impeccable instrumentation, it's the band's connection with its fanbase (evident both in person and through social media) that sets it apart from most successful artists in modern music. I definitely recommend the show to any music fan, country, pop, or other. I promise you won't leave a Sugarland show disappointed.
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