First of all, THANK YOU for donating a total of $409 to the Children's Miracle Network and University of Iowa Children's Hospital in our contest for pre-show meet-and-greets with both Midland and Little Big Town. Here are our winners:

via Little Big Town
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The weather outside the U.S. Cellular Center Friday night was taking a decidedly bad turn during The Breakers Tour concert featuring Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Midland. However, no one inside the building was giving the trip home a thought. They were simply mesmerized by incredible vocals. All. Night. Long.

First to the stage were the Texas traditionalists known as Midland. They've been led by the breakout success of their hit "Drinkin' Problem," which was a multi-week #1 in Canada, and Top 5 hit in the U.S. This threesome didn't display the flashy costumes they are often seen wearing, but no one cared as they reminded us why country music has endured so long... it's versatility. They did traditional country music proud.

Kacey Musgraves has made only a few appearances in K-Hawk Country over the years, but she left the Cedar Rapids audience wanting for more. She doesn't adhere to rules, no Kacey does the music she wants to do. That may not have resulted in huge radio success to this point, but Kacey is never predictable and always shows the wide range of her talents. She displayed them throughout her performance Friday night, including on a song she released earlier this week, "High Horse."

The night's headliners, Little Big Town, opened with an absolutely incredible cover of the Elton John classic, "Rocket Man." From there, Little Big Town was what they always are... virtually flawless vocally. As I watched them perform Friday evening, I was again reminded just how lucky the world is that those four remarkable voices came together... and have stayed together for an entire two decades.

When Karen Fairchild took to the small stage near the back of the U.S. Cellular Center all by herself and belted out "Girl Crush," I swear every single woman in the arena sang along. It was one magical moment of many. Another favorite of mine was when the quartet paid perfect tribute to the late Glen Campbell with the timeless "Wichita Lineman."

When all their mics went out for a time during the latter half of the show, the pros just kept going, knowing their team would get the issue resolved quickly. Which, of course, they did.

Friday night's show in downtown Cedar Rapids wasn't one filled with acts overflowing with energy racing from one side of the stage together. No, this "show" was all about the voices, because that's all we needed.

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