Along with opening acts
Thompson Square started things with a five-song set that featured the duo's Grammy-nominated hit,
After that, Rucker filled the middle slot of the bill with tunes from his two country albums, Learn to Live and Charleston SC, 1966, along with a few
Then came the main event.
Rising from the center of the stage amid flashing lights and three giant video screens, Lady A and their band jumped straight into their headlining, belting out
"It feels so good to be home!" shouted Charles Kelley as the tall, lean singer prowled a catwalk that extended halfway out into the audience.
He asked fans to "light up this place like a disco ball" for their latest hit, the nostalgic "Dancing Away With My Heart," and indeed, hundreds of cell phones popped up looking like huge, lethargic fireflies.
The group seemed especially energized, possibly because the show coincides with Country Radio Seminar week, an event that brings radio DJ's and programmers from across the country to town. Having already proven themselves as artists, though, Lady A looked to be having a ball as they moved around their multi-level stage -- one that included an "inner circle" for lucky fans in the center of the stage.
Dave Haywood took his turn in the spotlight for
Not to be outdone, Hillary Scott moved the entire band to the small stage at the end of their catwalk for her signature vocal on
After that high point, the husband-and-wife duo of Thompson Square returned to the stage to sing a bit of
Actually, nearly every song of the evening became a singalong as Lady A continually asked for help on their many hits.
The crowd was happy to oblige, especially on
Saying they got a request for
Bryan took a bow and tried to leave the stage, but Kelley begged him to do a little of
"We surprised you once," Scott said. "Why not do it again?"
Another round of squeals and high-fives greeted Evans as she and Scott took turns on
The unexpected arrivals certainly gave fans their money's worth, and the night came to a fitting end with
Smiles and homemade signs professing love for Lady A were all that could be seen as the show's last notes rang out.