JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

January 20, 2012
Peoria Civic Center
Peoria, IL USA
Review by Lisa Lipp
Photos by Ralf Lipp

Sara Evans

Country cutie Sara Evans took the stage opening up for country favorites Rascal Flatts at the Peoria Civic Center this past January 20.

Evans herself started out singing in a small town with her family's band at the age of five. She has worked her way up to be one of today's top country female stars. It took three albums for Evans to have her fist #1 as a solo artist along with her first CMA for Video of the year with the hit "Born to Fly". She has gone on to win many awards such as Female vocalist of the year in 2006.

In the same year Evans was scheduled to compete on Dancing with the Stars but withdrew from the competition to deal with her personal life. After a long hiatus Evans release the album "Stronger" showing fans she has not missed a beat. The song "A Little Bit Stronger" off the album soared to number one and Evans performed it at the season 12 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

With her sweet smile and powerful vocals she lit up a crowd filled with country fans of all ages. Sara had about a 50 minute set and spent time introducing songs by telling small stories. She jokingly called her sisters "hussies" which brought to life the song "Suds in the Bucket". A bad break up helped Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum co-write "A Little Bit Stronger".

Evans sang a Rod Stewart classic "My Heart Can't Tell You No and ended her set with a powerful performance of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me". To the fans surprise that would not be the last song she would sing as she easily filled Natasha Bedingfield's shoes to sing the duet "Easy" with Rascal Flatts Gary LeVox.

Evans performance had no big light show, no fireworks and no fancy costume changes. This show was a refreshing break from the staged Vegas performances that make up today's concert world. It was country simple!