Sugarland Planning Memorial Service for Indiana Victims

Duo Will Continue Tour on Thursday in New Mexico

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland are continuing their Incredible Machine tour Thursday (Aug. 18) in Albuquerque, N.M., but are planning to return to Indianapolis at a later date for a private service honoring the five people who died Saturday (Aug. 13) at the Indiana State Fair.

The accident occurred when a strong wind gust hit the stage at the outdoor grandstand and toppled a canopy, scaffolding and other equipment when the towers fell into the crowd.

In a message posted on their official website, Sugarland said:

“We have taken a couple of days to try and even begin to emotionally process the magnitude and gravity of the tragedy in Indiana on Saturday. While the path to healing from this type of trauma and loss is long and winding, we wanted to reach out and update you on where we are and how we are.

“We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana to honor those fans who died. We would first like to hold space so that their families can have time to go through their own services and memorials. Until that time, we are holding vigil for them. We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing. For those suffering from injury, we hold you up with prayers for complete healing of your own.

“We are also addressing our own specific healing. Our road family experienced its traumas together. While we all scattered to our given families for their comfort, the trauma we experienced together binds us in a unique way that we share only with each other and those who were there. There is healing in our being together. There is healing in our working together. For this reason, we are planning to get back on the road this weekend, beginning with our scheduled show in Albuquerque this Thursday (Aug. 18). The emotions have us yearning to be close to each other immediately. The logistics have us needing to replace all of our instruments and equipment. (The set is a loss that is insignificant in light of the tragedy.)

“This Incredible Machine is more than a tour and more than a set. We have always celebrated music as a Healer. While music cannot change the events and losses at the Indiana State Fair, it can hopefully serve as a ritual and a balm to provide comfort and facilitate healing in this time of great sorrow. We hope to see you all soon.”