Little Big Town brought the Nightfall Tour to The Met in Philadelphia on Thursday (Jan. 30) for the first of two nights at the iconic venue and delivered a visually and vocally stunning theatrical showcase of their ninth studio album, Nightfall.
While the evening was a true celebration of Nightfall, the Grammy-winning quartet’s setlist spanned across their nearly two-decade career. Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet opened the show with Nightfall‘s “Next To You,” before powering through hits like “Pontoon,” “Little White Church,” “Day Drinking,” “Better Man” and “Boondocks.” Their impressive vocals were put on full display during their performance of “Forever And A Night,” which allowed each band member to shine while also reminding fans just how incredible their harmonies are.
The group performed the entire chart-topping album throughout the evening with notable performances of “Questions,” “Sugar Coat” and “The Daughters” leaving a lasting impression on fans. Little Big Town also did Elton John proud with a superb and perfectly fitting cover of his song “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time).”
The 3,500 seat venue provided a very intimate setting and allowed for the band to see and interact with fans throughout the night. At one point, Fairchild teased a group of super fans who had seen them live a whopping 48 times.
“I don’t know if I would see anybody a hundred times, I’m just kidding,” she said. “I’m trying to [think] of someone I’d see that many times, maybe Reba [McEntire] or Dolly [Parton].”
The Nightfall tour featured several great production elements, which provided the perfect visuals to pair with the overall theme of Nightfall. Prior to the tour, Fairchild teased this run would be more theatrical than Little Big Town’s previous tours and they more than delivered on that with these extraordinary visuals.
“Hopefully the visuals that we’ve worked so hard on will also give you that sentiment tonight,” Fairchild told the near-capacity crowd.
The show took place just days after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and the group took a moment to pay tribute to the legendary NBA player during the concert.
“We cannot be in your beautiful city without sharing the love and the grief with you of your hometown boy, Kobe [Bryant],” Schlapman shared with the crowd as fans began chanting his name. “He was so proud of you, he was such a light and you raised him Philadelphia.”
Little Big Town didn’t miss a single beat throughout their impeccable set, once again proving that their harmonies and vocal prowess are a force to be reckoned with.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Caitlyn Smith opened the show with a remarkable 30-minute set that showcased her soaring vocals. Smith mesmerized fans with performances of songs like “Long Time Coming,” “Put Me Back Together” and more from her forthcoming new full-length album. Smith even performed “Tacoma,” a song that she wrote with Bob DiPeiro and that was recorded by Garth Brooks.
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