People of all ages, clad in aviators and cowboy boots, lined up to see Eric Church AKA “Mr. Misunderstood” at Golden 1 Center.
As the lights went down and anticipation heightened, a single spotlight shone on stage as the classic “Hallelujah” rang through the speakers. At the conclusion, Church emerged from the darkness and into focus with his first song, “Mistress Named Music”.
During the course of the lengthy show, not only was the arena focused unreservedly on Church, but he was genuinely focused on us. The singer took every possible opportunity to throw in “Sacramento” or “California” into several songs.
Church even dedicated a special song to the city – describing traveling across the country and thinking to himself, “What can I play in Sacramento that has to do with Sacramento?” He describes being a child and remembering a song his dad used to love.
“I’ve never done this song in a show before – it’s for Sacramento only,” he said, before playing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 song “Lodi”.
And if that wasn’t enough to get you #SacramentoProud, Church immediately followed his cover of CCR with his own song, “Give Me Back My Hometown”.
With an extensive setlist, the country singer somehow managed to keep the energy throughout the building flowing, between classic guitar solos, Jack Daniels breaks, boot signing and other short interactions between him and his fans.
“This is my favorite part of the show,” Church explained, before one of his last songs of the night. He gave the audience a glimpse into his experience becoming a father, before playing “Three Year Old” – just about the most endearing tune of the night.
Before closing out the show, Church gave one last unique shoutout to the people of Sacramento – pointing out the change in scenery since his last visit to this city.
“You guys have upgraded since then,” he said, pointing out the new addition of Golden 1 Center, “but it’s the same ol’ great crowd.”
The Capital City will forever have memories of the melodies it heard Thursday night at Golden 1 Center, and the sincere performance it received from Eric Church.