PNC Arena – Saturday, May 26, 2018
Saturday was a night of firsts for RDU Music. We covered our first arena show at PNC with our first country act, Grammy award-winning Sugarland. [I thought this was also our first time covering a Grammy winner but I forgot Deftones won in 2001 for “Elite.” And then I got tired of looking for other winners so let’s just pretend, mmkay? -Ed.] They are touring in support of their soon-to-be-released, sixth studio album, Bigger. Joining them were songwriter extraordinaire, Brandy Clark, and TV’s Clare Bowen, of Nashville fame.
Country fans turned out en masse for this bill. PNC Arena was hopping for Atlanta’s finest, who brought a whopping 22-song setlist to our fair city, replete with a 2-song encore, closing with crowd-pleaser, “Lady Marmalade.” It is no small feat commanding an arena crowd of roughly 20,000 but Jennifer Nettles has the chops to make it happen.
RDU Music’s resident photographer, Lan, was handed a less-than-stellar assignment to shoot from the soundboard in the back and yet he still managed to grab some quality shots. I’m not sure if the PNC Arena crew forgot to leave 4 feet between the stage and barricade for photogs but getting up close is what we live for. Maybe next time.