The Chumash Grandstand Arena swarmed with a young, primarily female crowd Friday evening as the throng waited to watch Fergie perform at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
High heels, lipstick and sequins dominated an arena more accustomed to belt buckles and cowboy boots. Homemade shirts reading “M.I.L.F. $” dotted the crowd.
Speakers throbbed as Fergie stepped on stage at about 8:20 p.m. and cut to the chase, opening the show with “Fergalicious.”
She wore a slick black leotard with several white stripes down the front and matching over-the-knee boots. Throughout the performance, Fergie threw several different jackets over the leotard ensemble; each piece was outfitted in typical Fergie fashion with studs, sequins or dramatic fringe.
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She performed with a handful of backup dancers while a large screen behind the main stage played video clips of dancers, music videos and graphics.
Fergie followed her opening song with hits “London Bridge” and “M.I.L.F. $” before greeting the crowd.
The California native spoke about how happy she was to be performing in her home state and gave a shout out to her many family members attending the show, including her two-year-old son, Axl Jack Duhamel.
She asked the crowd to join her in singing “Happy Birthday” to her dad, also present at the show. His birthday was Saturday.
Fergie then resumed the musical revue, belting hit after hit including “L.A. Love (la la),” “Glamorous” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Much to the crowd’s delight, she also rocked several covers including Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and Heart’s “Barracuda.”
About an hour after the show began, Fergie bid goodnight, only to return to the stage with an encore of “I Gotta Feeling” after her energetic, albeit brief, performance.
An endtime of 9:30 p.m. seemed awfully early for a woman who “make them boys go loco,” but this presumably wasn’t the last show of evening. The “Glamorous” gal likely still had bedtime stories to tell when she got home.