(Ford Field, Detroit, MI - August 22nd, 2009)
So, my partner in crime Lauren Galasso and myself attended the Sun City Carnival Tour (headlined by Kenny Chesney) and featuring, among others, Sugarland at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. With Lauren knowing every song and ecstatic to be there, I have to admit I myself was viewing musical acts that I wasn't too familiar with.
What I didnít realize before the show was that I recognized and was able to sing along with almost every song that was played. Sugarland consists of Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles. The group has become very popular because of the lead singer Jennifer Nettles ability to bring incredible emotion and soul into the music.
They opened with a song that showcased just that talent, 'Love.' The band moved from there to 'Settlin', then 'It Happens,' and 'Baby Girl' - where the graphics were mostly cute pictures of Jennifer Nettles growing up. 'Want To' was next, then 'Already Gone,' 'Stay,' and 'All I Want To Do.'
At this point, Sugarland played a medley of 1980ís and early 90ís pop songs. Everything was included from Madonnaís 'Holiday' to Salt-N-Pepa's 'Push It.' Jennifer Nettles said how wonderful it was to be in Detroit at a beautiful Ford Field and asked if everybody was having a good time, before returning to the music with 'Down In Mississippi (Up to No Good)' - which featured casino pictures splashing randomly across the background.
A Country Music chart topping version of Bon Joviís 'You Canít Go Home' was next. 'Something More' followed, and the set closed with a fun version of Katrina and the Waves' song 'Walking on Sunshine' with Jennifer playing the tambourine. Towards the end of the song, the curtain covered them as the lights came up and the music died. During all of the songs, an endless sea of people were dancing and singing along. I found myself to be one of them by the end of the show.
Review by: Al and Lauren Galasso