On Wednesday, April 8, Shawn Mendes and his tour came to The Fillmore in Miami Beach with opening act, Jacquie Lee.
To start the show, Lee sang a few of the songs from her EP like 'Tears Fall' and 'Broken Ones.' She also sang songs from a variety of artists, one of which was Naughty Boy and Sam Smith's 'La La La.'
After talking to the crowd for a bit and finishing her set, Jacquie announced that Shawn Mendes (cue screeching girl noises) was to take the stage in a few minutes. Lee also said that she was meeting people for pictures at the merchandise table right when she left the stage. Naturally, everyone was contemplating whether to go meet and take pictures with Jacquie and maybe miss Shawn's first song or to wait in their seats to make sure they were there for when Shawn got on stage.
A few minutes later, Mendes took the stage. He sang songs from his album, 'Handwritten,' which comes out April 14. Some of his popular songs like 'Something Big' and 'Life of the Party' were sung, as well as others like 'Stitches' and 'Strings.' Mendes, just like Lee, sang other artists' songs in his own way. He played Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' and Beyoncé's 'Drunk in Love.'
Shawn was very interactive with the crowd throughout his performance. When he first got on stage, Mendes said that this concert might be the biggest crowd he had ever played to. The Fillmore was packed; there was not one empty seat in sight.
In the middle of the concert, Shawn said that he was going to sing a part of his song without a microphone which was maybe not such a good idea. It took a couple of minutes to get everyone quiet with people screaming "I love you, Shawn!" and others screaming at the screamers to "Shut up!!". After all that, Shawn did end up singing a little bit without the microphone but had to stop because it was just impossible to hear him with all the girls screaming. Even though it didn't work very well, it was still something memorable that most other artists do not attempt to do.
The way Shawn ended the show was quite odd. Mendes sang his last song (without saying it was his last), took a huge selfie, and then said goodbye. When he left stage there were many confused faces since it didn't seem like the concert really had ended. The confused faces were probably also because earlier, Shawn had pretended the concert was over and casually walked off stage after a song but then came back out saying "I'm just kidding, I would never do that to you guys." This time it was for real though.
This concert was the quickest concert I have ever been to but that did not take away from the experience of it all. Shawn and Jacquie were great entertainers and made you feel like you weren't one out of thousands.