CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Section 214, Row D, Seats 7 and 8. That's where my friend Emily and I saw Blake Shelton's Well Lit & Amplified tour from at the Charleston Civic Center on Feb. 10.
We watched as Dia Frampton, Justin Moore and Blake Shelton took the stage, but they weren't the only ones to perform. Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, showed up as well. She sang her hit song "Baggage Claim," during which she wowed the crowd and brought everybody to their feet, cheering and singing at the top of their lungs.
Miranda's appearance wasn't a total surprise to me. Last February, I attended a Blake Shelton concert in Huntington, and he and Miranda sang a duet there. Plus, she also didn't have any tour dates of her own this week and there also were many tweets and Facebook statuses with Miranda Lambert sightings in the Charleston area a few hours before the concert.
Dia Frampton, the first season runner-up on NBC's "The Voice," appeared on stage right about the 7:30 p.m. mark. To get things started. She didn't stay very long, and I was thankful for that.
She is not a good performer, and I did not enjoy her set at all. She just walked back and forth on stage and kept repeating her name over and over. When she sang, I wanted to plug my ears and scream, "NO!" I enjoyed her song "The Broken Ones," but that was because of the song itself, not her voice.
Her performance left me wondering how she made it as far as she did on "The Voice." I've been to a decent number of concerts, and hers was the worst performance I've seen.
Justin Moore was next, and boy was I glad! In my mind, he is one of the best performers ever. He clicks with the crowd and makes sure everyone enjoys the show.
When I interviewed Justin for FlipSide, he said he didn't get nervous performing, that it's like clocking into and out of work, and when you watch him perform, you can tell he's serious about that. The minute he stepped on stage, he went into performer mode, and he didn't stop working until he left the stage. With his Southern twang and incredible voice, he sang, talked and cracked jokes. He had the crowd standing, singing and laughing as he put on an amazing show.
I hate singing in public, but I found it hard not to do here. I danced in my chair, too. Justin gives the best concerts in my book. On a scale of 1 to 10, he is a 20. If you ever have the chance to see him live, do it! You will not regret it.
Finally, it was time for the main act of the night: Mr. Blake Shelton. Boy, did the crowd go wild when it was time for him! He appeared on stage through a tunnel that looked like a grain silo. It was incredible! I rose to my feet, my eyes instantly locking onto him and staying there for his entire set.
With an entrance like that, you wonder what incredible things are going to happen next. Blake is one of those performers that you never know what to expect. You have to be prepared for anything, which, in his case, is always a good thing.
He was on stage for a very long time, singing new songs and old songs and interacting with the crowd. He made people laugh, gave guitar picks away and talked about how much he loved being in West Virginia.It was an amazing concert. If you missed it, you might have another chance to see Blake in West Virginia soon. It seems like whenever he is in town, Miranda is, too, so could it be that when she comes to the Civic Center on March 25, Blake will make an appearance? Get your ticket to find out!