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Meghan Trainor did a concert in Chicago and it was the bee's knees

Meghan Trainor concerting. It has happened.

My delightful coupled friends Emily and Greg came with and we RAN to the House of Blues at 5 PM on a Wednesday, where we stood only about 40 people back in a group of mostly 12-year-olds. Doors opened at 6, and we bee-lined to the bar where we were of course some of the only people drinking. 


Oh, but first we checked coats and I bought some merch. 

YOU CAN'T TELL, but that is a Wrinkle in Time shirt.
I thought it was a fun juxtaposition.
 


So we decide to stand at the back of the main floor, which isn't huge at the House of Blues, because we wanted the many tiny children to be able to see. BUT THEN ALL THEIR PARENTS STOOD WITH THEM and their parents were Mountain People over whose heads the shorter among us could not see, so we gradually made our way to about the middle of the crowd, where I stood with many children who were exactly my height.

Adult to my left, tweens basically everywhere else
 
 Now when I first got really into Meghan Trainor, I did not realize that most of her fans were in junior high. This is because A) I have very little interaction with children over the age of four, as people my age rarely have kids older than that and ALSO I live in a city where teenagers are, honest to God, a rare sighting. Oh and B) Her songs deal a lot with relationships and drunk texting at 3 AM, so....12-year-olds do not immediately spring to mind.

But after I bought tickets for her concert, I kept reading reviews of her shows, and they all kept saying how very very many children were attending. So. That was a thing. The main frustrating thing about this (aside from the parents on the floor who were not into the show at all and solely there to video-document every moment) is that Meghan Trainor is a damn fine musician, and because a lot of the audience was not really of an age to be aware of that, it felt less like the concert I wanted to be attending and more like something catered to this tween age demographic. Which is fine! I get that I'm a weird demo! 29-year-old complit majors who appreciate a nice use of melisma. But I wish she'd been able to get a bit more into the musicianship of it all.

But! Look at how delightful she is with her personality and her sparkly skirt.

She did Bang Dem Sticks. She did Title. She did Like I'm Gonna Lose You. If anything, I was just bummed she didn't do her cover of Can't Help Falling in Love, but she did do a cover of Stay With Me (also available here, and awesome). I also totally would've been on board with a couple songs from her earlier albums, but I get that those weren't with her current label, so no can do.

Look how pretty!!

She did have a moment before her song Close Your Eyes (which is more of the whole positive self-image thing she's got going for her) where she asked who was beautiful and then asked who was different and everyone clapped and woo'd and it reminded me of this:




But! She was poised! She was lovely! She handled the crowd excellently. She's only 21 and I'm so psyched I got to see her in a venue as intimate as House of Blues, and with people I super-love. (lookin' at you, Emily and Greg) 

I hope her second album comes out soon.

I made an ancient roadie rip this thing
from the stage floor that told Meghan Trainor
where she was. It is now on my wall.

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