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Blake Shelton at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 8.3.13

“Ten Times Crazier Tour 2013”

 

By Christian Scalise

 

Country music was in overdrive on Saturday August 3rd at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre as country superstar and judge of the smash TV show, “The Voice,” Blake Shelton brought his “Ten Times Crazier” 2013 tour to town. The sold-out show also included newcomer Jana Kramer and rising star, Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin as the opening acts.

 

Jana Kramer kicked off the show around 7pm, she is best known for her role as Alex Dupre on the popular television show “One Tree Hill” and her latest radio hit, “Why Ya Wanna” followed by Easton Corbin.

 

Easton’s nearly hour long set was filled with all the familiar tunes that his fans have grown to love such as “Lovin’ You Is Fun,” “A Little More Country Than That,” “Are You With Me,” and “All Over The Road.” Easton clearly had a great time interacting with the audience. Over the past year and a half, he has grown tremendously both as an artist and entertainer. He seemed much at ease on the stage and even walked the catwalk several times to shake hands with the fans. It will be interesting to see what else is in store for Easton in the years to come as he makes his mark as a traditional artist.

 

The organizers of Blake Shelton’s tour did a fine job selecting the opening acts because by the time Blake was ready to take the stage, the entire amphitheatre was revved up, and anxiously anticipating the arrival of their favorite country music hunk.

 

Around 9pm, Blake Shelton made his grand entrance to the stage by coming down in the middle of one of three white silos on a hydraulic platform. It was a clever entrance, and the audience seemed very impressed and intrigued by it.

 

Blake started the show with “All About Tonight,” “The More I Drink,” and “Over.” He welcomed the audience with a boyish grin by telling them, “My name is Blake Shelton, I came here to sing country music and drink, let’s get started.” His opening remarks couldn’t have been any more fitting for the night of music and fun.

 

After many years of playing smaller scale venues and opening for other artists, Blake has finally worked his way to the top of the business as a concert headliner, and has proven that he is more than ready to handle the reigns. His elaborate stage production, breathtaking light design, and cast of immensely talented musicians brought the entire show to perfection.

 

It seemed that this particular show was very important to Blake. He told the audience that he was extremely nervous to be playing in Chicago. “Being in Chicago is a big ass deal. I was nervous about being here and performing, then I looked out and saw all these people and I said yes!” He also joked that his team told him not to “cuss, talk about drinkin’, or huntin’.” “They’re asking me not to be myself. I’m a country singer,” Blake proudly exclaimed! And the crowds roaring applause and cheers seemed to agree.

 

Fans who came out to hear all the hits were not disappointed one bit. Blake happily obliged to cater to his fans requests by rolling through all the favorites like, “Kiss My Country Ass,” "Ol Red" "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking," "Hillbilly Bone," and his first number one hit "Austin." 

 

When it came time to sing “Some Beach,” Blake even donned a white cowboy hat complete with long locks, in memory of how he used to look at the beginning of his career! Blake then toned things down a bit for an acoustic performance of “Over You,” a heartfelt ballad written by both Blake and his wife Miranda Lambert. The song is dedicated to Blake's older brother Richie, who died in a car accident on November 13th, 1990; he was only 24 years of age.

 

The night didn’t come to an end until Blake served up another round of hits; “Home,” “Honey Bee,” and Blake’s very own take at country rap on the smash, “Boys ‘Round Here.” Blake closed the show with “God Gave Me You.”

 

Lastly, we would like to thank Warner Brothers Nashville for accommodating Country Stars Central; we truly enjoyed the wonderful evening of solid country music! 

 

Set List:

 

1. All About Tonight

 

2. The More I Drink

 

3. Over

 

4. Kiss My Country Ass

 

5. She Wouldn’t Be Gone

 

6. Playboys of the Southwestern World

 

7. Some Beach

 

8. Ol’ Red

 

9. Who Are You When I’m Not Looking

 

10. Sure Be Cool If You Did

 

11. Hillbilly Bone

 

12. Over You (Acoustic)

 

13. Austin (Acoustic)

 

14. Drink On It

 

15. Mine Would Be You

 

16. Home

 

17. Honey Bee

 

18. Boys ‘Round Here

 

Encore:

 

19. Footloose

 

20. God Gave Me You

 

Keep up with Blake Shelton on his official sites below;

Website: http://www.blakeshelton.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blakeshelton

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blakeshelton

Enjoy photos from the show. (Credit, Donna Stroup)

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