It was the opening day of the California Mid-State Fair, and seemingly every 9- and 10-year-old in San Luis Obispo County stayed up late to see pop star Meghan Trainor perform at the Chumash Grandstand Arena.
The kids and their moms showed up dressed in their best “No Treble” outfits. Some of the young fans carried “All About That Bass” poster boards, while others wore homemade T-shirts with Trainor song lyrics written in neon puffy paint.
As a mom of a 9-year-old daughter, it is nice to have a pop star promoting positive body image and empowerment. Trainor’s songs really speak to children in a positive way, so I was happy to take one for the team and attend Wednesday’s concert with my kiddo.
Opening acts Life of Dillon and Charlie Puth really rocked the house. The crowd members got to their feet and sang along to Puth’s song “See You Again,” which was featured on the soundtrack of the movie “Furious 7.”
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Both opening acts sounded fantastic and you could tell they are true artists.
When Trainor took the stage at 8:30 p.m., she opened with “Dear Future Husband.” A few of the other hit songs she played were “Mr. Almost,” “Title,” “Walk of Shame,” “Close Your Eyes,” “Bang Dem Sticks,” “What if I” and “Lips are Movin.”
One of the best moments of the concert came when Trainor sang her song “3AM” while accompanying herself on acoustic ukulele — showing everyone how truly talented she is.
Trainor closed the show with her mega-hit “All About That Bass,” but not before making it appear that she would not be singing the song everyone was waiting for.
Trainor said her goodbyes and thanked the crowd, then the stage went dark. Everyone on in the venue started chanting “All About the Bass” over and over again.
Finally, Trainor and the band reemerged and gave the crowd what they had been waiting for all night.
Wednesday’s concert was not sold out, but the venue was full of plenty of screaming Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon fans. All three acts stopped mid-set to take selfies with audience members.
Even though I came to the concert reluctantly, I found myself a fan of all three bands by the end of the show.