Country musicâ€™s sweetheart and multi-platinum selling artist, Carrie Underwood, opened another page in her multi-city US tour with a stop at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The tour titled Storyteller-Stories In The Round presents a unique setup, with three circular stages connected by walkways in the center of the arena. Fans on the main floor packed the barrier on all sides with performers in the middle. The clever stage design afforded all members of the audience access to see their idol perform from a better vantage point.
Opening the show for Underwood were country acts The Swon Brothers and Easton Corbin. Although a challenging task considering the enormous experience and popularity of Underwood, both acts worked hard to entertain the fans, using this unique opportunity to get them the exposure every opening act wants.
With the crowd now warmed up, the recorded crunching riffs of AC/DCâ€™s anthem, “Back In Black,” began to stream through the sound system, signaling that it was time for Underwood to take the stage. Underwood may be a country singer, but sheâ€™s still a little bit rock n’ roll.
Maneuvering the rising and falling sections of the center circular stage, Underwood appeared on the highest rising platform belting out the opening track from her latest release Storyteller, titled “Renegade Runaway,” followed by a medley of “Last Name/Something Bad.”
Underwood’s voice was in top form, and the same can be said for the Resch Center audience who often took the opportunity to join in. The energy between Underwood and her audience was electrifying. It was nice to see the second season winner of American Idol now hold her own in the music world as a mega superstar.
Making good use of the three circular stages and the connecting runways, Underwood and her band were able to connect with the entire audience at the same time by covering both ends of the stage.
With various wardrobe changes, a dazzling light show, rising and falling stage sections, giant video screens, pyrotechnics, and props which included illuminated jukebox and a grand piano to name a few, Underwood entertained and captivated her audience throughout the evening.
The set list was well thought out, and while almost half was comprised of songs from her latest album, the rest reached back into Underwood’s extensive catalog of chart-topping hits and crowd favorites.
Songs that made the list were “Undo It,” “Good Girl,” “Church Bells,” “Mexico” (transitioning into) “Cowboy Casanova,” “Heartbeat,” “Jesus Take The Wheel,” “Wasted,” “Chaser” (transitioning into) “Blown Away,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Dirty Laundry,” “Choctaw County Fair” (which featured some mean gritty harmonica playing by Underwood), “Relapse” (transitioning into) “I Will Always Love You,” “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” (a beautiful song about the two special young men in Underwoodâ€™s life, her husband Mike and her son Isaiah, backed by videos of the three of them), “Fishinâ€™ In The Dark,” “Clock Donâ€™t Stop,” “All American Girl,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Before He Cheats” before the lights dimmed and Underwood and her band disappeared beneath the stage.
It came as no surprise when the Resch Center’s packed audience asked for more and Underwood obliged. Bringing her band back on stage, they delivered a rousing two-song encore playing “Smoke Break” and “Something In The Water.”
Despite the crowd’s chants for more, the stage lights dimmed for the final time, signaling the close of yet another chapter in the spectacular Storyteller tour. The entire show ran like clockwork, and Underwood, her band of talented musicians, and hard working crew are all to be highly complimented for the excellent job they did in putting this memorable show together.