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Pacers get it right with Saturday night pregame concert

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The Indiana Pacers got good weather to help make their pregame concert with Craig Morgan a winner.

Morgan is a country musician whose resume includes a handful of top ten country radio hits (about one a year since 2005), one ("That's What I Love About Sundays") went to #1.

His country baritone and rowdy rock band were a good mix for the show on Pennsylvania Street before the Pacers played Philadelphia on Saturday night.

My friend Ernie Mills (he's also on from 2-7pm on 97.1 HANK FM) is one of my favorite concert photographers and he shot the show Saturday night and posted images on Facebook. Friend him up and check them out here.

Craig Morgan on fieldhouse stage
  • Ernie Mills
  • Craig Morgan on fieldhouse stage

I know that Indiana gets nasty and cold weather soon, but the pregame Pacer show was the kind of event that the organization should try again, because it worked: people looked like they were having a good time, the stage/crowd setup allowed for a good number of people to watch and create some energy, and the backdrop of the fieldhouse looked fabulous.

The music? It was sturdy country rock from Morgan, a likeable performer who is also a ten-year veteran of the US Army. While the Pacers may experiment with other musical genres (if they even elect to continue with the idea) country music with the rock and roll edge worked well.

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