It may have been a cold April 7th, but at the Chaifetz Arena, things were getting heated as Little Big Town and special guests Midland and Kacey Musgraves took the stage. Or should I say stages? The artists not only had the main stage, but a rotating stage toward the rear of the floor as well. This is where Midland started the evening off performing their seven song line up including their hit song “Drinking Problem”, which had the crowd going crazy. Between their songs, engaging their diverse crowd, and the Mountain Dew cutoff that lead singer Mark Wystrach was wearing, it’s no surprise that they were named best new vocal group by the Academy of Country Music just last week!
Kacey Musgraves went between the main stage and the rotating stage during her eleven song set. She sang songs from her new album “Golden Hour” which was just released on March 30, 2018. Musgraves also performed ” Mama’s Broken Heart,” which she wrote for Miranda Lambert. Ending her set, she did Brooks and Dunn’s “Neon Moon.” Musgraves is down to earth, has an amazing stage presence and in my opinion, a country version of Cher.
Little Big Town started there 90 minute show with “Rocket Man.” As soon as they hit the stage, the entire crowd were on their feet. Since it was “The Breakers Tour” popular songs from the album “The Breaker” were performed, including “When Someone Stops Loving You,” “Driving Around,” and “Better Man.” Back up musicians and the simple stage featuring two angled screens kept more attention on the band. “Little White Church,” “Tornado,” “Pontoon,” and ” Happy People” were performed while different pictures were projected onto the screens, engaging the crowd even more.
Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet headed back to the rotating stage to perform medleys including: ” When Doves Cry,” ” Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,” “I Believe In Love,” and “Wichita Lineman,” all in tribute to Prince, Don Williams and Glenn Campbell.
LBT headed back to the main stage to wrap up their 90 minute tour with “Stay All Night,” “Girl Crush,” and of course ” Boondocks.”