Miranda Lambert was probably the most famous person to make a severe weather announcement in Wichita last night.
The country music star was performing at Intrust Bank Arena, the latest stop on her “On Fire” tour, when at about 10:05 she passed on the message from arena personnel that dangerous weather was on the way and fans should remain in the arena’s seating area.
Many fans headed to a hallway at the south end of the arena, but many stayed in the seats. Order was difficult to restore, and staff had to yell directions multiple times. Some people apparently couldn’t hear them.
There was no sign that severe weather was passing – no loud noises – and at about 10:40 an announcement was made that the severe weather had passed.
Lambert, a 2010 Grammy winner for her breakout song “The House That Built Me,” resumed her performance almost immediately. She had played for nearly 50 minutes before the show was postponed.
Before the concert, a staffer announced from the stage that severe weather was expected, and if and when it occurred the arena’s emergency plan would be put in place.
The first of Lambert’s two openers, Kansas native Jerrod Niemann, played for about 20 minutes. The Harper native and longtime Liberal resident referenced the weather multiple times, including before “End of the Yellow Brick Road,” an ode to his home state.
Chris Young performed next, filling his 45-minute set with hits from his three top-10 country albums, including “The Man I Want To Be,” the first of his five songs that topped the country charts.
Lambert took the stage at around 9:15, rocking a pink guitar, a sparkly silver tank top and purple pants. A montage of pictures of famous women welcomed her, set to Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls).”
Lambert, whose proficiency with firearms and hits that reference violent revenge against ex-boyfriends belie her femininity, announced her womanhood forcefully by opening with a rocker from her most recent album, “Fastest Girl In Town.”
Lambert dipped into all four of her top 10 albums before the concert was interrupted. The reigning Academy of Country Music female vocalist of the year performed her second No. 1 single, “Heart Like Mine,” early in the set.
Before the postponement, Lambert declared that she would be sticking out the bad weather just as the fans did, saying, “If we’re going to go down, we’ll all go down together.”