Practically everyone on earth recognizes the song “All About That Bass,” but outside of that single smash, most outside of the dedicated “Megatronz” probably don’t know all that much about Meghan Trainor. Though she may have less than a year under her belt as a national recording artist signed to Epic Records, the 21-year-old from Nantucket, Massachusetts has sung since she was six, written since she was 11, and prior to fame, had her tunes recorded by country superstars Rascal Flatts and “Girl Meets World” actress/popper Sabrina Carpenter (amongst others).
Unsurprisingly, “All About That Bass” wrapped up the night and Trainor tipped it off with a blizzard of confetti, yet another foreshadowing of the natural born star’s impending graduation to bigger venues, assuming of course the infectiousness continues in tandem with lightning from the often times unsteady pop marketplace striking in her favor.
Now that “All About That Bass” topped the charts in more than 50 countries and sold six million copies, she’s of course a star herself and instantly sold out the House of Blues (with the potential to have probably played an even larger room). Those lucky enough to score a ticket (including label head L.A. Reid, whom she acknowledged a little too frequently) were shown multiple sides of the sweet singer/charming dancer/sometimes ukulele player, including an infatuation with classic girl groups, blue-eyed soul and even hints of hip-hop.
Along with a band, background singers and dancers, Trainor breezed through her one and only album (vaguely called “Title”), interjecting wit, positivity and some occasional naughtiness throughout tunes like “Dear Future Husband,” “Mr. Almost,” “Credit,” “No Good For You” and “3am.” Most of it was tame compared to today’s trashier class, but considering much of the crowd wasn’t anywhere near drinking age, references to, well, drinking (amongst other things left to the imagination), stood in stark contrast to her many other self-esteem affirmations.
Another issue with Trainor’s inaugural headlining tour was the fact that she has so little material to pull from, which meant she barely reached the 70-minute mark even with a few songs by other people. First up, the relative newcomer brought up surprise guests A Great Big World (her label mates/Christina Aguilera collaborators) to triple team on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which was generally pleasant, but paled in comparison to the original. In a downright strange display, she played Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” but simply danced like she was in a club with her friends without ever singing a note.
Perhaps it was just a primer for her ultra-fun “Lips Are Movin,” which vibrantly closed out the initial portion of the set before she just as convincingly showcased a softer side via the ballad “What If I.” Unsurprisingly, “All About That Bass” wrapped up the night and Trainor tipped it off with a blizzard of confetti, yet another foreshadowing of the natural born star’s impending graduation to bigger venues, assuming of course the infectiousness continues in tandem with lightning from the often times unsteady pop marketplace striking in her favor.