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On Friday (Oct. 28) night, Sugarland went back to Indianapolis for what the local newspaper aptly described as a “bittersweet do-over.” And from the stage, lead singer Jennifer Nettles addressed the feelings among the crowd by saying, “We are all changed by what happened then.” She was referring, of course, to the Aug. 13 tragedy that occurred when she, musical partner Kristian Bush and their band were getting ready to perform at the Indiana State Fair. A storm blew through the midway area, collapsing the stage and killing seven and injuring more than 40. “Obviously we are here in October. We were supposed to do this show in August. Obviously, the stage is different, you are different, and we are different,” Nettles said. She added that the band was there Friday to “celebrate healing.” The 90-minute show at the Conesco Fieldhouse was free, and ticketholders from the Aug. 13 show were able to get their tickets before they were given away on a first-come, first-served basis. But fans were asked to make donations to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund. View photos from the concert.