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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kacey Musgraves charms MVCC with a near 2 hour show, B+

What: Concert Review
Who: Kacey Musgraves
Where: Mohawk Valley Community College,
Utica, NY
When: Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Above: Kacey Musgraves performs live at Mohawk Valley Community College Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Photo by Lou Sorendo


This past weekend, Grammy award winning country artist Kacey Musgraves brought the Texas swang to Upstate NY. Promoting her newest single, Biscuits, the up and coming country star performed to a packed crowd at the college athletic center with opening act John & Jacob.

It was an emotional show for the artists because it was the last night John & Jacob were performing with Kacey Musgraves after a year long tour, and it was obvious that every musician playing had respect for one another and had become close while having time on the road.

The crowd was ninety percent college students, which was a given being the show was at MVCC. However, one might have expected a few more straw hats, cowboys & cowgirls, especially at a Kacey Musgraves concert. Groups of the audience sang along to most of the songs, including 'Step off' 'Merry Go Round' and 'The Tailer Song'. But as Kacey began playing a few country covers, including tunes from Miranda Lambert and Kacey's friends Little Big Town, the singing seemed to die down, suggesting that much of the audience was there for her and not die hard country fans.

There were some rude comments from the audience as well, and lots of cat calls, but Kacey took it well, performing a near two hour set and even invited John & Jacob to come out with her towards the end of the set and jam together.
Her set included almost everything from her award winning country album 'Same Tailer, Different Park', with fantastic versions of her songs 'Arrow' and 'Back on the Map.'
The sound actually sounded surprisingly good, and you could hear every musical instrument. Kacey's voice was spot on and near perfect.

There were some down sides of the concert, most being several rude college kids giving bad comments and cat calls. Kacey's performance was a bit too long as well, and that is only because she could have dropped off a few of the covers she sang, especially at that type of venue.
Despite this, musically the concert was great and Kacey shows a promosing sign of being a true, not pop, country singer.

Grade:
B+ or A-

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