What makes a good show, you ask? Well, playing hit after hit after hit helps. Playing them well doesn’t hurt.
|An acoustic set out in the audience|
The banter with the crowd in between songs was not only detail-oriented (referring to actual people in the actual crowd), but funny as hell. It doesn’t matter if the old hidden-mullet-in-the-hat trick was a tad predictable; the way he pulled it off made us all laugh out loud. We did not LOL; we laughed our asses off.
|Some beach, somewhere.|
Mr. Shelton can also really play and really sing, and he makes being on stage look effortless.
Here’s Shelton singing his hit “Home” after getting the crowd to twinkle their cell phones. It was purdy.
Footage courtesy of The Inky Jukebox
The crowd at the First Niagara Pavilion was thick and in the mood to party, and sang along to every word.
|The hill already packed for the opening acts|
They were even out in force for the opening act, country music nice boy Easton Corbin, who gave a solid set of the old-school country style, liberally sprinkled with fiddle leads and lap steel. He delighted all by pulling out two bang-on covers: Brooks and Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and Alabama’s “If You’re Gonna Play In Texas.”
Corbin was preceded by actress-turned-country cutie-pie Jana Kramer, who flitted about the stage in an outfit designed to please (the boys): tank top, leather hot pants and Louboutin heels.
|Well hello, Jana Kramer.|
With her long dark hair and legs for miles, Kramer is one of those ladies who is clearly always the hottest girl in the room (or amphitheater). It’s no wonder Brantley Gilbert said “I’ll have her, thanks.” She can sing just like she does on her records, needing no celebrity partner to carry her weight. The line to meet her after the show was LONG.
|The more he drinks, the more he drinks, the more he drinks.|
Go see Blake Shelton. The man is a born entertainer and gives you your money's worth and then some. He's no BS; he's the real deal.