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November 17, 2010

Early Review: Carrie Underwood, Sons of Sylvia at 1st Mariner Arena, November 16

PX00221_9.JPGCarrie Underwood played a two-hour show Tuesday night at 1st Mariner Arena that flitted between frivolous love songs and defiant pop anthems.

On singles like "Temporary Home," where she laid the schmaltz thick, she faltered, drowned out by the over production and the melodrama.

But on others, like "Last Name" she got to show off her strengths: her pipes, and a touch of attitude that fits her big voice.

The Grammy winner played 21 songs in a total, including her duet with Randy Travis, "I Told You So." On "What Can I Say" she was joined on stage by openers Sons of Sylvia.

A full review will come later today, along with photos from the show. Update: Full review is here.

Underwood's set list is below:

Carrie Underwood set list:

1. Cowboy Casanova
2. Quitter
3. Wasted
4. I know you won't
5. Some Hearts
6. Just a dream
7. Temporary Home
8. Someday When I Stop Loving You
9. All American Girl
10. So Small
11. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver cover)
12. This Time
13. Undo It
14. Jesus, Take the Wheel
15. What Can I Say (duet with Sons of Sylvia)
16. Change
17. I Told You So
18. Mama's Song
19. Last Name


20. Before he Cheats
21. Songs like this

Photo: Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun

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Posted by Erik Maza at 6:00 AM | | Comments (16)
Categories: Concert reviews


you are too hip. really, a person that "researches" cuban punks in Miami is going to be objective about a country singer... get someone else to do it.

Who is Chris Sligh?

Here come the Google Alert Carrie super-fans.

I heard the concert was amazing with some pretty impressive stage tricks.

Missed you at the Mobbies last night, kateebee.

It's "Take Me Home Country ROADS" not Country Songs. Just FYI.

I think it's unfair to say to call someone out for calling Underwood schmaltzy.

@Jen, corrected.

Maza missed the Mobbies for a 'Merican Idol. Marvelous.

Hey man, I can't tell you how much fun stuff I missed because I had to cover Justin Bieber, American Idols Live Tour 2009, O.A.R. at Preakness ... the list goes on. That's the job, though.

When Carrie sang I know You Won't I got goose bumps; her voice on that particular song was so strong that it overpowered the instruments. Her voice itself is a powerful instrument. We've seen each Carrie Underwood performance in Baltimore since her AI win and it is amazing to see the transformation from shy, sit on stool opening act for Brad Paisley to co-top bill with Keith Urban to headlining last night. She clearly took notes from performing with those 2 mainstays.

Sam you said justin beiber. It’s rumored he can like post pone presidential inaugurations at will. If you have power over teenage girls in this country- you sir have the power. Yes he can.

I heard that the Sun had a bar event last night about BLOGS called the Mobbies ? But it must have just been a rumor because otherwise it would be covered the Sun's own blog abouit nightlife. Wouldn't it?!

No because this blog got no votes. Not even in the top 21!

Ehh, lighten up guys. Carrie Underwood was definitely the entertainment news story in Baltimore last night, not the Mobbies.

Sam, I showed up more than fashionably late. Sorry I missed ya.

@Kateebee -- I was drunkenly hollering KATEEBEE WHERE ARE YOU AAAAH and eventually had to be escorted off the premises. At 7 p.m. Oh well.

I find it funny meeting Owl Meat- well meeting the guy I sat next to at the bar for 2 years lol

I know a man ruined by Carrie Underwoods career and is connected to the highest office held in the USA and they have taken a lot of shots over the years for it. The young man married a few years before Carrie and they ran them out of money while giving Carrie Millions. Folks this is sick.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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