A Word from Cheryl:

Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.

At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sugarland with Little Big Town in Columbia, MD


I ventured to Columbia, MD with my sister and some girl friends to catch Sugarland’s latest tour and, as always, it was a pleasure.  Here are some highlights from the show on May 22 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Opener Matt Nathanson talked about what a hard time he had believing Sugarland had been performing one of his songs in concert until Jennifer Nettles actually called and chatted with him on the phone.  Not long after that he said he was invited to join them on tour.  Sugarland’s Kristian Bush then came out joined Matt in singing the song in question “Come On Get Higher.” (listen here)

Little Big Town recalled their first tour with Sugarland at Columbia, MD in August 2006 and said it was good to be back.  They now have many hits to their credit and performed a number of them along with several selections from their new album “The Reason Why.”  Mid-way through their set Little Big Town talked about recent a challenge issued by one of their fans to “countrify” a Lady Gaga song.  “You bet we can!” declared Karen Fairchild.  And they proceeded to show us how it’s done with a fantastic rendition of “Born This Way.”

Sugarland exploded onto the stage amid bright lights and smoke singing “All We Are” from their latest album, “The Incredible Machine.” They sang several crowd favorites in addition to the collaboration “Run” with Matt Nathanson from his upcoming album.

Sugarland had a lot of fun with the song “Everyday America,” turning it into a medley including snippets of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” and Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious.”

As the concert drew to a close Jennifer Nettles reminded the audience of the widespread prediction for the end of the world.  “My mom is the best person I know so when I called her yesterday and she didn’t answer I was a little worried…“she confided, “But I finally reached her and I figure if she’s still here then we all must be o.k. ”  At that Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson joined Sugarland on stage for an encore performance of R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”

“Let’s party!” said Jennifer Nettles – and indeed they did!
Sugarland, Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson

To view more photos from the concert click here 

Set List from Columbia, MD Show:

Matt Nathanson
1.    Car Crash
2.    Room
3.    Faster
4.    Come On Get Higher
5.    Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

Little Big Town
1.    Little White Church
2.    A Little More You
3.    The Reason Why
4.    Bones
5.    Why Oh Why
6.    Bring It On Home
7.    Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
8.    Shut Up Train
9.    All The Way Down
10.    Runaway Train
11.    Boondocks

1.    All We Are
2.    Stuck Like Glue
3.    It Happens
4.    Settlin’
5.    Tonight
6.    All I Want To Do
7.    Incredible Machine
8.    Little Miss
9.    Run Right Into You (Matt Nathanson)
10.    Baby Girl
11.    Everyday America
a.    Forget You (Cee Lo Green)
b.    Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
c.    9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
d.    Bootylicious (Destiny’s Child)
12.    Stay
13.    Find the Beat Again / Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
14.    Who Says You Can’t Go Home (Bon Jovi)
15.    Something More
16.    Stand Up
17.    Like A Prayer (Madona) with Little Big Town
18.    It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (R.E.M)