Arena shows have their place and always will, don't get me wrong. You can't beat the excitement of a huge venue.  But my favorite way to see true musicianship in action is what we witnessed at the 'GNA Secret Star Acoustic Jam at Proctors.  Here are some shots I took from the balcony.What a great show with Jerrod Niemann, Craig Morgan and Joe Nichols.  These guys brought their "A" game.  You actually didn't miss not having the rest of the band, they sounded so "full."

I heard it time and time again from folks in the crowd  - it might be the best way to experience a live event. They sang together, talked about each others' hits, joked around. It was so much more personal, and you could tell how much THEY were enjoying it.  Here was my view from the balcony:

photo by Richie Phillips

 

photo by Richie Phillips

From Backstage

photo by Richie Phillips

Here'a a little clip I took of Craig Morgan walking offstage:

Would love to hear YOUR comments below.  And if you missed this one, looks like they'll be another in the spring, so stay tuned for details (don't worry - you have some time).