Little Big Town performs greatest hits at Swiftel Center

IAN LACK Reporter


After the festivities of Hobo Day last Saturday, the Swiftel Center hosted a concert that evening from Little Big Town, a Grammy Award-winning country group.

Formed in 1998, the group consists of four members: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet. A pre-party on the front lawn began before the concert with doors opening at 7 p.m, inviting in a packed house.

Two opening acts preceded Little Big Town’s concert. Maren Morris, a singer-songwriter from Arlington, Texas, performed in front of the country group at 8 p.m. with her own country, folk and indie pop stylings. The second act was Drake White and the Big Fire.

When the group arrived onto the stage with the lights down and volume silent, the four erupted into noise with their first song, with a positive, audible reaction from the crowd in approval. The group performed about two dozen of their songs from several of their albums, including “Pain Killer” and “Girl Crush” from the 2014 album “Pain Killer” and “Your Side of the Bed” from their 2012 album.

“We’re so happy to be here today. Seriously, this is the best night of the tour. Happy Hobo Day,” Schlapman said. “I don’t see any hobos, but if you keep drinking like that, you might turn into one.”

Fairchild also felt strongly about the Brookings show.

“We don’t need to go to Chicago. We don’t need to go to Atlanta. We don’t need to go to Birmingham. We need to come to Brookings,” she said.

The concert ran until about 11 p.m. The group’s next performance will be in Dekalb, Ill. on Oct. 29.