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Shelton brings country to the BOKC

Samantha Hayden, Contributing writer

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At 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 the Bank of Kentucky Center welcomed Blake Shelton’s “Well Lit and Amplified Tour” featuring The Voice’s 2011 runner-up Dia Frampton and Justin Moore.
Frampton took the stage barefoot and ready to sing. As she gracefully danced about singing hits like “American Girl” by Tom Petty the crowd remained seated, unsure of this newcomer. Although the crowd was still seated her bubbly personality continued to dominate the arena as she sang songs like “Isabella” from her new album, titled “Red.”

As Frampton finished her set list the crowd remained undecided, but nonetheless the audience respectfully clapped at the end of each song. She disappeared along with her band into the back, and the lights came on as the audience anticipated Justin Moore’s performance.

The lights dimmed across the building, and the stage strobes illuminated the audience. They jumped to their feet with a cheer of excitement. Moore stepped on-stage singing “Guns.“

With authority and energy, Moore moved around the stage, allowing the entire audience to be a part of the show. A few songs later, he sang his hit “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” The crowd swayed with the beat as they sang the lyrics.

To lighten the mood, Moore sang “Bait a Hook.” The entire crowd may not have known all the lyrics, but they all knew when to shout the line “sounds like it sucks.” By the end of Moore’s set list he had the audience on their feet and ready for Shelton to make his grand entrance.

After waiting several minutes the stage was complete and the lights began to darken. Blue strobe lights swirled across the building as the crowd roared with excitement. Shelton’s silhouette descended behind the middle of what appeared to be three grain silos.

Shelton stepped onto the stage with his guitar as he belted out “Footloose.” From there, he moved straight into “All About Tonight,” letting the crowd know it was all about them. By the fifth song, “Home” the entire crowd was singing, and Shelton began to loosen up.

Singing one of his earlier hits, “Some Beach,” the crowd punched through the air to the lyrics “some beach, somewhere.” Energy surged through the crowd as Shelton moved from song to song.
Between songs, Shelton chatted with the audience about his love for Twitter and deer hunting. With his witty personality, he joked with a husband and wife in the crowd about their provocative dancing, saying “it’s awesome!” Before singing “Who Are You When I’m not Looking” he convinced the husband to sing this song to her.

Moving to the end of the stage Shelton played an acoustic version of “Nobody but Me” and his first No. 1 “Austin.” The entire crowd cheered as he began to play “Austin.” The crowd swayed and sang each lyric as loud as their voices would allow.

The entire crowd was completely engaged as Frampton joined Shelton on the main stage to sing the duet she wrote for them “I Will.” After she left the stage, he chatted about The Voice, a singing competition show he is a judge on. He began singing Cee Lo Green’s song “Forget You.” Knowing this crowd wanted country music he stopped half-way through to sing “The More I Drink.”
Shelton hyped the crowd with the final song “Hillbilly Bone.” He left the stage but the crowd was not ready for the show to end. With a continuing cheering for more, Shelton reappeared to sing “The Whiskey Ain’t Working Anymore” with Moore.

The crowd sang “God Gave Me You” with Shelton as he ended the concert. After several goodbyes he departed an energetic crowd that was left satisfied.

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