Carrie Underwood is no stranger to Fresno.
Since 2006, the American Idol winner has performed here every two or three years. So, fans have been able to see her transform from a rising star (playing at the Saroyan Theatre) to a full-on country music crossover sensation (with a draw worthy of the Save Mart Center).
Underwood returned to the arena last night with “The Storyteller” tour. The concert was performed in the round, with an elongated stage running down the length of the arena floor and the audience set on all sides.
Scheduling conflicts kept us from reviewing the show, so we’re looking to you for analysis.
How did the in the round format work with the crowd? Did it hit that intimate atmosphere it promised, this still being an arena show? What about the song choices and costume changes (Underwood is famous for her costume changes)?
I’m especially interested in hearing from hose who have seen Underwood before. Did the show stack up against past performance? What about openers Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers? Will we be seeing them as headliners themselves anytime soon?
Feel free to add your review in the comments section, then check out The Bee’s gallery from the show.
To get you started, here’s some take aways from my mother, who did attend the show:
▪ Underwood changed costumes six times, maybe seven.
▪ She was impressed that Underwood could play the harmonica and the guitar, which she did on one song at least.
▪ On the openers: “Easton Corbin was great. The Swon Brothers, I’ve seen before. They were good, too.”
Here’s what social media was saying about the show: