Photo thanks to Wow 104.3
No, I didn't get to hang out with Blake Shelton and talk boys and braid eachothers hair or anything fun like that, but on Saturday night my son and I did get to spend an absolutely awesome time at the Dia Frampton, Justin Moore, and Blake Shelton concert in Boise. I didn't take a camera because I wanted to give the concert and Jay, my son, my full attention since it was his first grown up concert and Blake is his favorite. If you'd like to check out a great bunch of pictures from the concert, check out Wow 104.3's gallery here.
Dia came out first and was a pleasant surprise. Jay didn't care one bit for her music and told me on at least one occasion that she was weird, but he's 11 so I pretty much have to forgive him. I personally thought she was wonderful and reminded me of a lovely whimsical ballerina who just happened to have a lovely voice. She wore no shoes, twirled a bit, bounced a bit, and sang her heart out. I'm not sure what sort of music she identifies with, but she's sort of hippy chic and is definitely a talented gal. My only complaint was that her set was extremely loud and it made it hard to understand the words to her songs, but I think they may have been over compensating because her voice is soft.
Justin Moore was great, but then I had no doubt that he would be. He came out, took charge, and rocked the stage. He definitely made a fan out of my son. I was already a fan. I really did enjoy his part of the show, although I had a hard time getting past the fact that he was so dang compact. I don't mean I held his stature against him, I was just sort of surprised. I had an inkling that he was a small guy, but until you see a person up close and personal, it's hard to get a real impression. Justin is definitely a dynamo, though.
Then came Blake in all his glory. The crowd had fun with Dia and Justin, but they pretty much sat through both of their sets, but as soon as Miranda Lambert's Baggage Claim started playing the crowd was on its feet and ready to rumble. When Blake hit the stage playing Footloose, all hell broke loose...but in a good way.
Now I have to admit something - I have been waiting to see Blake for years. Every time he's made a trip to this area I've missed the show and I've kicked myself. After years of wanting to go and then finally getting to, I just about pissed myself when Blake was finally there in front of me. I almost became one of those crazy fans who cry when they see someone famous.
Thankfully I kept my wits about me and didn't shed a tear, but it was definitely close.
I can't really tell you much about the show because it was mostly a blur of Ol' Red, Kiss My Country Ass, Who Are You When I'm Not Looking, and bunches more songs you would hope to hear Blake sing in concert, but honestly I think it was the permagrin on my face that clouded my brain during the concert. Every time I looked next to me, my son had the same permagrin on his face so I was in good company. Yes, we are a couple of dorks, but we had so much fun.
The only part that really, really, REALLY disappointed me was the lack of Miranda Lambert. Now let me tell you, last week when Blake was in Seattle at the opening of the show they played a Miranda Lambert song and then later on she actually came out on stage and sang with Blake (video here) so when Baggage Claim played as the opening song in Boise, you know right where my brain went.
Of course, Blake may always open his shows with a Miranda tune, but I wasn't thinking that way, I was expecting Miranda to pop out at anytime.
And she didn't.
The gal that was sitting next to me (who gave my son a concert ticket Blake had autographed earlier in the day - how friggin' nice is that?), said that Miranda was backstage when she was back there for the meet & greet and so I was really, REALLY expecting her to pop out and I was so looking forward to it.
And then she didn't.
Yes, sad face again.
Despite the lack of a Miranda duet, the show was aw-may-zing with a capital OMG! If Blake is coming to your area (check tour schedule here) and you get the chance to go, go. It's worth the $50 bucks or whatever it is. Don't be like me and kick yourself for years because you missed the show.
On a side note, when I was driving my kids to school this morning, I was listening to the radio and they told a little story about why Miranda didn't come out and sing with Blake. They said that when they were backstage, Blake was trying to talk Miranda into coming out and singing with him but that she didn't want to. Apparently, her skirt was really short and she refused to give the people in the front two rows a show and she didn't have time to change. In the words of Miranda, her skirt was a bit too "skanky" for public consumption.
I'm sure we would have loved her "skanky" skirt, but I guess I'll forgive her for being modest.
Of note, I just did a quick proofread of this post and it pretty much blows. It really makes no sense and I have commas in all kinds of odd places (not that I normally don't) but I'm feeling far too lazy to change it so we'll just pretend it's fancy enough for Rolling Stone or something.