Florida Georgia Line at Almost Acoustic Christmas - Comerica Theatre - 12/5/13
The smell of burning incense permeated the air at Comerica Theatre last night as the Almost Acoustic Christmas concert kicked off its annual event. Fans filed inside the auditorium in large groups until the place was packed from top to bottom with energetic country music lovers. The line-up was loaded with powerful talent, promising the concert goers a fun-filled evening to kick off the holiday season; and the entertainment certainly didn't disappoint, if not actually exceeding expectations in a lot of eyes, mine included.
Photos by Caleb Haley Florida Georgia Line
Almost Acoustic Christmas offered one of the rare concerts where every performer carried their own weight, and nobody out-performed another from the headliner to the opening act.
Laura Bell Bundy was the first performer of the night, shortly after 7:30. Brightly lit Christmas trees stood tall on the stage next to Bundy as she fired off an array of music ranging from original songs to beautifully executed renditions of holiday music like "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night", along with hip-hop mash-ups and timeless country jams.
"My music is like beats and banjos making out on the floor," exclaimed Bundy before showing off her hard-hitting and impressive vocal range during her performance of live remixes like Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" combined with "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, followed by Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" and Miranda Lambert's "Hell on Heels."
Bundy, who recently became a regular on the FX show Anger Management with Charlie Sheen, offered the crowd little bits of stand-up comedy one-liners throughout the night that certainly had a touch of Sheen to them.
"Let's douche this," said Bundy to a group of girls on stage after teaching them a two-step routine that they were to perform while she and guest vocalist Colt Ford spit rap lyrics to one another.
And her shout-out to Almost Acoustic Christmas sponsors 107.9 KMLE--"usually around Christmas I'm under the mistletoe," she says, "but tonight I'm under the cameltoe."