Sunday March 5th, Lauren Alaina made her way to the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun casino. She had previously been scheduled to perform but had to cancel, so I was glad that she had chosen a make up date and I was able to attend (the first date I wasn’t able to because I already had a commitment). In addition to her performance, she would be signing copies of her CD “Road Less Traveled” after the show.
Sunday night Wolf’s Den shows begin at 7pm instead of the usual 8pm. When Lauren first came out on the stage, her mic was not working. She ended up trying her band members mic – still nothing. Then she walked across to the other mic. Still nothing. She shrugged, she joked around with the crowd in the front, she tapped the mic and waited for something to happen – taking it all in stride. Then the Wolf Den made an announcement to stand by and they’d get everything fixed. The band left the stage, mics were I assumed fixed and we started the show again – Lauren this time ran out and yelled “IS THIS THING ON?” to a roar of cheers and applause from the crowd.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Lauren on Idol, though her season is arguably my most favorite season of the show. I’m not much of a country fan so I went into the show not really sure what to expect but I ended up having a BLAST. Lauren puts on a great show, she’s funny and seems super down to earth. For her 3rd song she said she was going to bring a guy on stage because she always picks out her “Next Boyfriend” from the crowd. She said there was one guy up front singing every word so she picked him – but someone else told her that he brought her flowers so she brought TWO Next Boyfriends on stage to dance with her. After having one say his name and having us all say “Hi Brandon!” She had the other guy introduce himself and he was Brandon too! (two?) And as it turned out – one of her guitarists is also named Brandon. “Too many Brandons!” she announced and had the guys dance with her – even getting them to whip and nae nae.
She changed before coming out for her encore of “Road Less Traveled” her current single that has made it on to the Billboard Charts! We slipped out early to jump in line for the signing and made it near the front of the line. She came out about 45 minutes after the show had ended to quite a line. We were able to get through quickly and say hello and get our CD signed and even had time to check out one of Mohegan’s newer restaurants before heading home.
Lauren is currently on tour as an opening act, but if you get the chance to see her, take it! I don’t think you will find yourself disappointed.