In Your Hands: Irvine, CA June 2

Sat, Jun 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

What a night, Irvine!  So much enthusiasm and so many great signs. They covered the area from the top of the lawn all the way to the front of the Sugarpit! Jennifer pointed out three girls up top with an amazing airbrushed sign that she could read from the stage, as well as a guy named Gary who held up a beautifully printed sign. "Gary, did a lady help you made this?" Jennifer asked, "Those are some pretty good block letters!"  Then Jennifer noticed a neon orange sign made by a Sugarpass member that read: "These are the Days to Get Wasted." Jennifer noted that the venue was selling martini glasses so they must be a fancy crowd. 

When fans requested "I Like Big Butts," Jennifer said "Well, I do like big butts, and you know I'm a rapper in a white girl's body! I'll definitely think about it!" Even the band had a request, "Ice Ice Baby." So Jennifer did have a chance to pull out her rapping skills and killer dance moves. Kristian got down on his knees and put his arms in the arm feigning devotion. Everyone got a huge kick out of that!

Next up was "Fly" dedicated to Mitch and Dianne. Jennifer found Dianne in the crowd, but Mitch wasn't sitting with her. When they finally found Mitch, Jennifer asked Dianne if she knew this guy and if he really WAS Mitch. During the song, Jennifer played guitar and Kristian laughed when Jennifer tried to throw her guitar pick to the audience. She was trying to throw it behind her back and it didn't quite work out. "I don't want to throw it like a ninja star," Jennifer told Kristian and he gave her (and the audience) a lesson in expert guitar pick throwing.

Lots of folks brought flowers for Jennifer and she thanked everyone! Then Jennifer chose a sign that read "Garrett Trevino turns 21 and has never been kissed. Please sing "Already Gone" to him." Garrett came up on stage and sat on a stool while Jennifer and Kristian sang. He was really nervous and Kristian wiped his face with a towel and gave him some water. When Jennifer sang the last verse, she had the band keep playing so she and Garrett could dance. They finished the song with a dip and Garrett was thrilled.

Tracy Blanchard was the Sing with Sugarland winner from KFRG. After she sang the first sentence of the song, the crowd began cheering. Kristian and Jennifer were both smiling ear to ear, and during the song confetti was shot up in the air. Tracy and Jennifer had great chemistry and were gesturing and stomping their feet in tune.

So many great stories and memories! We'll never forget the fun we had in Irvine and we can't wait to hear YOUR stories from the show. Leave them in the comments! 

Catch you at the next stop!




Photo Credit: Valarie Allyn Bienas
  1. Jnettlesfan1 avatar

    On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 7:26 AM, Jnettlesfan1 said:

    I noticed there were filming signs all around the ampatheater in irvine! Does this mean that the concert will be on tv or something? :)

  2. erineellis avatar

    On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM, erineellis said:

    check out my daugther jammin' to her favorite sugarland song!

  3. Tracy Blanchard avatar

    On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 12:06 AM, Tracy Blanchard said:

    I STILL Cannot believe that I was on stage singing with SUGARLAND!!! Both Jennifer and Kristian were so great and the crowd was so responsive. I have had many singing moments in my life but none like the opportunity that KRFG and Sugarland both made possible for me. Thank you to Sugarland for allowing me to rock on stage with you, thank you KFRG for hosting the contest, thank you God for my talent, thank you to my parents for pushing me and encouraging me to sing all the time :) and thank you to EVERYONE who was in the crowd supporting me, even though you did not know me.

  4. Mtngirlhh avatar

    On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:03 AM, Mtngirlhh said:

    Forth show Jen I konw you saw us, my daughter, Kailey 11 years old was running around terrace 14, a beautiful site, still tugging at my heart. My Next request in Veags will be Speed of Life, for my lil girl who wont slow down. Praying for just a minute!! Huge venue and SUGARLAND you Rocked us all, always having fun with the heart behind it. Times I will never forget. Sugar love HH

  5. BristerFam6 avatar

    On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 4:26 AM, BristerFam6 said:

    My daughter was the Lucky girl in the bright orange cowboy hat that got handed the guitar by Kristian! My husband and I got her the tickets for her 11th birthday (in May). She held held onto that guitar like it was a newborn baby for the remainder of the well as the pick that he handed her. She didn't let go until we put her to bed. Sugarland is her FAVORITE band and they did not disappoint. She is already learning some cords from her brother and can't wait to play a song for Sugarland. She also now has a FAVORITE HAT! guys ROCK!

  6. KathieGunn avatar

    On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM, KathieGunn said:

    John, thank you for the kind words. Every night in SugarLand world is magical, and this was my fourth night in two weeks, each different, each special, each uplifting! Of course, to hear Jennifer call out my name from the stage, point to me and announce that my request of "Little Miss" was the next song to be played was exciting, but the whole night was electric! This was a very involved crowd, which always add to the fun of a concert!

    Here's the link to the article in The Orange County Register:

    I am so grateful to SugarLand for bringing such joy, and special friends, into my life! Next stop for me? Chicago!

  7. TravellinMan52 avatar

    On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM, TravellinMan52 said:

    Just read the newspaper review of the Irvine concert. Not only did the fans love the concert but so did the writer who wrote the review. Way to go Jenn and Kristian.

  8. Johnfromsoutherncalifornia avatar

    On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 3:50 AM, Johnfromsoutherncalifornia said:

    I am so glad that I have made new friends like KathieGunn and RMCHECK through common interest in Sugarland.They are great fans and outstanding people!!! I loved it when Jennifer dedicated "Little Miss" to Kathie last night.Jennifer and Kristian could not have a more loyal fan than KathieGunn!

  9. Lynseyc avatar

    On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM, Lynseyc said:

    It sounds like last night was a blast! I agree with you Bailey that just when you think a show couldn't get any does! I am so looking forward to Vegas now!

  10. RMCHECK avatar

    On Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM, RMCHECK said:

    I think John summed it up nicely. A great band and a fantastic concert. A fun night at the front of the pit with four crazy ladies. The picture above is of a couple of them enjoying a night in Sugarland. I went to three shows in two weeks, wish I could go to them all!

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