Tonight’s hotspot was The Note in West Chester, PA, where Dia Frampton heats up a snowy and stormy night. In her first Philly performance since appearing on NBC’s “The Voice,” Dia wowed the crowd with songs from her debut solo album, “Red.” The Note’s intimate setting was a perfect venue to showcase Dia’s strong voice and gentle personality. The crowd was a little light but those present enjoyed the pop jewels she dished out, including “Broken Ones” and “Don’t Kick the Chair.” She sounded effortless on the beautiful, yet awkward ballad, “I Will.”
What made this really fun? On television, Dia always appeared to be shy, intense, reserved and sheltered. While she started to emerge from her cocoon each week, her music stood out while her personality was lost in the background. During her post-Voice live show, she instead exhibited a relaxed, confident demeanor. Better yet, she revealed a quirky and bubbly sense of humor viewers didn’t get to see on the show. A shining example of this was when she picked a Valentine (20-year-old jubilant male) from the audience to sit on stage while she sang to him, saying “You are such a beautiful boy..you could be a part-time model,” inferring he shouldn’t quit his day job.
If you have a chance to check out Dia on her solo tour, with “Meg and Dia,” or with her “Voice” coach Blake Sheldon, definitely stop for a listen.
If you haven’t been to The Note, it’s worth the easy drive from Center City Philadelphia. The drinks are cold, the bar food is above average, the acoustics are great and the atmosphere is mellow but classy. They also allow under 21 in the doors — making it a fun, hip place for a “first time concert experience.”