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Yes, Lady Antebellum is a big deal. But their Saturday concert at Mohegan Sun Arena also offers a hot ticket as an opening act: Kacey Musgraves.
Musgraves is one of the newest stars on the country scene, having turned up on all year-end, best-of lists and nabbing best new-artist honors at the CMAs.
She was up for more awards at Sunday's Grammys - four in all - and walked away with two. She won for best country album for "Same Trailer, Different Park" and best country song for "Merry Go 'Round." (She was also nominated for best country song for "Mama's Broken Heart" and for best new artist.)
And Musgraves has another opening-act run in her future. Starting in August, she'll be joining Katy Perry on her "Prismatic Tour."
Lady A actually has another opening act, in addition to Musgraves. It's Kip Moore, and the titles of three of his singles amusingly summarize most country songs: "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," "Beer Money," and "Hey Pretty Girl."
Lest we forget, the main luminaries of the night will be Lady Antebellum. The trio consisting of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood kicked down the doors to the pop world with their crossover hit "Need You Now," but they've had plenty of other Nashville chart-toppers, too, including "I Run to You," "Just a Kiss" and "We Owned the Night." And, for good measure, they've brought home seven Grammys. Expect them to give a winning concert on Saturday.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Lady Antebellum, 7 p.m. Saturday, Mohegan Sun Arena; $59, $79; also, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves; mohegansun.com.