Live blogging the Sugarland show

23 Oct

Can’t make it to tonight’s Sugarland, Kellie Pickler and Ashton Shepherd concert tonight in Tupelo?

Never fear!

Scene Now is live blogging tonight’s concert. Keep it tuned here for updates throughout the night.

10:50 p.m. – Thanks, y’all, for reading! Good night!!!

10:46 p.m. – The end! I’ve got to say this for Sugarland – they’re one of the most energetic and definitely the happiest band I’ve ever seen live. Both Nettles and Bush seem genuinely thrilled to perform. Look like they’re having the time of their lives.

10:44 p.m. – Bubbles again, while band plays “All You Need is Love.” Nettles, Shepherd and Pickler are signing autographs, meeting fans.

10:42 p.m. – Pickler: “TIN ROOF! RUSTED!”

10:41 p.m. – Nettles, Shepherd and Pickler are singing the girls’ part of “Love Shack” and Nettles is getting the crowd to sing along: “Bang, bang bang on my door baby…”

10:38 p.m. – No member of Sugarland was harmed in the production of this concert…they’re safely back on stage and out of the balls. What’s this I hear? Could this be “Love Shack” by the B-52’s???? YES IT IS!!!
Pickler’s back on stage with them, wearing a pink wig; Nettles is in a blonde wig. Ashton Shepherd’s there too with a blue wig on.

10:37 p.m. – They’re in giant inflatable balls!!! Crowd goes wild…

10:32 p.m. – White sheet drapes the stage and it’s just Bush and Nettles. R.E.M. cover – “The One I Love.” Sounds goooooood. Perhaps Sugarland should release this as their own single, because, wow, this sounds amazing.

10:29 p.m. – They’re saying bye, but this ain’t the end…

10:25 p.m. – Showing scenes of Tupelo/NeMiss, like Johnnie’s Drive-In, Ole Miss, MSU, Benjamin’s on Main, Tupelo Hardware, etc., on screens. Cool!

10:23 p.m. – Nettles introduces the band. Uses Elvis Presley songs to describe them — for example, one of the band members will “be your hunk of burnin’ love.” Also gives props to roadies and crew.

10:20 p.m. – Security is getting folks to go down to the floor… for the big finale I guess? Performing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”

10:18 p.m. – Everybody’s dancing to “Down in Mississippi.” Screen behind them showing all kinds of casino/gambling scenes.

10:16 p.m. – Seriously. This crowd is LOUD. “Stay” was beautiful!

10:11 p.m. – “Stay.” Just Nettles and Bush performing, and the entire Arena is singing.

10:06 p.m. – “Everyday America” starts, and somebody throws frisbees out to the crowd. A disco ball makes an appearance!

9:59 p.m. – Nettles talks surprises…Bush signs guitar…goes out into crowd…hands guitar to a blonde girl with a pink and white striped shirt. They start performing “All I Want to Do.” Let’s dance!

9:57 p.m. – Band members bring light-up umbrellas to center of stage, where the band gathers for an intimate kind of setting, performing “Genevieve.”

9:46 p.m. – Crowd sang along loudly for “Joey.” Nettles said she’s sometimes nervous to throw it to the crowd to sing, but “we’re in Mississippi, and I know half of y’all’s Baptists, so I know y’all can sing.” Ha ha! 🙂 Now performing “Already Gone.”

9:42 p.m. – Bubbles! Nettles is decked out with a pretty red sequin beret and her guitar strap has skull and crossbones on it. Performing “Joey.”

9:39 p.m. – “Want To” sounds good. Really good. Oh! Globe update! The four globes on the side of the stage are indeed for Sugarland’s stage and they light up different colors. Very pretty. Nettles and Bush look like they’re having a blast – very energetic. What’s this I see? Glitter or bubbles? Must investigate. Too far in back of Arena to tell…

9:31 p.m. – I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a crowd this loud for a band.

9:28 p.m. – “Settlin'” and “Baby Girl” get the crowd going! Huge, huge screams for “Baby Girl.”

9:14 p.m. – Sugarland’s backup band – all decked out in black, white and red outfits – walk onto the stage one by one and get an umbrella from a box on stage. They all stand in a semicircle and open the umbrellas, which light up. Crowd goes crazy when Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush walk onto stage. The semicircle screen behind them shows shooting stars. Pretty awesome, definitely gorgeous, opening to a show.

8:57 p.m. – In-between tunes continue with “O Valencia!” by The Decemberists, one of my favorite bands. YESS!!! If I could get up and do a happy dance and sing to the top of my lungs without looking stupid, I totally would.

8:45 p.m. – Woman in Sugarland shirt just stopped by, looked at the computer and says, “What are you doing?”
“I’m reporting! I’m with the Daily Journal!” I say.
“Oh!” the woman says, walking off, “Tell ’em I said Kellie Pickler was excellent!”

8:43 p.m. – In-between set tunes continue with the Hold Steady’s “Sequestered in Memphis.”

8:42 p.m. – And Kellie Pickler’s done. She talked about how much she loves real country music and Dolly Parton, who, in Pickler’s words, “keeps it real.” Performed “I Wonder,” then closed with “Red High Heels.”

8:25 p.m. – Kellie Pickler offers to sign CDs after the show. Just performed “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful.”

8:18 p.m. – After “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” Pickler says, “I’m so excited to be here – we’ll come back anytime you’ll have us, yeah?”
Asks if she can sing a few songs off her new CD, then introduces a new tune, “Rocks Instead of Rice.” “Have any of you guys ever been to a wedding…and you thought..this is not gonna last? I actually wrote the song about this pig I used to date and let me tell ya, he definitely downgraded.”

8:09 p.m. – This is why I like covering Sugarland shows – hardly no wait in between sets! Other acts should take note. Only about 20 minutes between Shepherd and Pickler.

8:05 p.m. – The music played between sets have been everything from Vampire Weekend to Tom Petty to Counting Crows. Who chooses this? Do the artists have a say over what’s played in between sets or do the venues decide? Must remember to ask Todd! Either way, I’m groovin’. “I’ve been bummin’ around this old town so long…been hangin’ around…” oh wait! Kellie Pickler time!

7:52 p.m. – And Ashton Shepherd’s done for the night. She performed “Sounds So Good,” “Takin’ Off This Pain” and “Bigger the Heart.” Looks like she won over a few new fans.

7:32 p.m. – Lights went down at exactly 7:30, and Alabama native Ashton Shepherd came on to the stage to an instrumental version of “Sweet Home Alabama.” She’s got the crowd on their feet with “Not Right Now.”

7:30 p.m. – Quick chat with Arena director Todd Hunt, who tells me good things about the big finale! Can’t tell ya til later though! 🙂

7:15 p.m. – Fifteen minutes til the show starts. There’s a pretty good crowd here already. Four huge white globes are on the side of the stage – I’m guessing for Sugarland’s set? Two big screens up, too.

6 Responses to “Live blogging the Sugarland show”

  1. Todd October 23, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    The bands pick their own preshow and intermission music. It’s a good way to see who some of their favorite acts are. I’m always surprised at what makes the cut…

  2. sheenabarnett October 23, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    lol wow Todd thanks for such a quick answer! 🙂

    Vampire Weekend, eh? I was singing along but then I thought…wait..I’m singing along to Vampire Weekend at a country show? lol! 🙂

  3. farley662 October 23, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    Sounds like I’m missing a good time. Knew I should have let my 12 year old inner girl come out and go to this thing!

  4. sheenabarnett October 23, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    lol — everybody’s waving their arms to “Baby Girl,” farley. I could totally see you out here with them!

  5. KMG October 23, 2008 at 9:49 pm #

    Thanks for the great blog reporting…I followed along and closed my eyes and pretended I was there! Sounds like this was a great crowd and that you really did feel the energy and excitement from SugarLand…they put on an amazing show!

  6. sheenabarnett October 24, 2008 at 10:44 pm #

    glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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