Thursday, May 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday: May 29, 2010: Saline Summer Daze, Benton, AR

Every Thursday we take a look back at Kris Allen's career via video.

Today, I was feeling a little down about doing this post. There were plenty of things to throwback to - apparently May 29 is usually a busy day for Kris - but nothing really jumped out at me, because I am not feeling nostalgic; I'm feeling anxious. That's when it hit me that I really hate the down time when the album is in the final preparation stage, there's nothing (yet) to promote, and the tour dates are not finalized and not able to be revealed. And on top of it, most of the few live dates we do know about are college shows, which have their role and are great, but aren't something the majority of Kris fans can attend. Every day while doing searches for the list, I see the tweets of Kris fans hungry for news, real concert dates, anything they can listen to, look at and enjoy! (Except snake photographs.) Like you, I am ready to bring back a busy schedule of Kris music, concerts and live tweet lists!

So when I saw that the live debut of the song Bring It Back from KATA happened on this day back in 2010, well, the choice for today's post became obvious.

Bring it back, indeed, Kris. We're more than ready.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday: May 22, 2012: Happy Anniversary Thank You Camellia

Every Thursday we take a look back at Kris Allen's career via video. This Thursday is a special day because it happens to be the anniversary of the 2012 release of his most recent album, Thank You Camellia.

It's a little bittersweet for me. This album is fantastic and deserved so much more notice and attention than it ended up receiving, mainly due to a lackluster promotional campaign by Kris' record label and management at the time. (Since then, he's gone indie and changed management.) If you are reading this and are a Kris Allen fan but have never gotten Thank You Camellia, I highly recommend that you change that immediately and get the deluxe version ([Amazon]| [iTunes]) as the bonus tracks are some of my favorites.

Combing through YouTube to see what transpired around the release of Thank You Camellia - Kris did a mix of radio/TV interviews and a few listening parties. I thought for our Throwback Thursday video, I'd use this interview with WPRI in Providence, Rhode Island, as it was a good one and has a nice acoustic version of The Vision of Love (the only single off the album):

So sometime today, as we await the release of Kris' next album sometime this year, why not give Thank You Camellia a listen while sipping a delicious Camellia?


Heck, and maybe even do a rewatch of the official video for the Vision of Love? Happy TYCAnniversary!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 9, 2014: Arkansas Disaster Relief Concert, Fellowship Bible Church, Conway, AR

Disaster Relief Concert

May 9

Fellowship Bible Church

Conway, AR

Doors open at 6:30 PM CDT; 
Event starts 7 PM CDT

Show and List Preview:
On April 27, 2014, several towns in Arkansas were simply devastated by tornadoes, including a strong EF4 tornado that ravaged Vilonia, the town where Kris' wife Katy teaches school. To aid in the rebuilding, Kris and Preston Palmer Studios have arranged a relief concert tonight to help raise needed funds. According to the event page, money raised will go to Samaritan's Purse's efforts in Mayflower/Vilonia and The Ministry Center, who is also working with tornado victims.

Obviously, this is a serious and worthwhile cause, so my focus will not be on the fun stuff like it normally is. That doesn't mean we won't grab media and set list, of course. But the focus is relief. So to that end-Kris' official street team sent out an email to its members with this information (copied/pasted from the email):

If you're in Arkansas, or have family and friends in the area, there are lots of things you can do to help make this event a success:

Pre-Event Press and Publicity:

The Ticket:

Photo by @paintedblaq

The Show:

BREAKING NEWS! Livestream!!!! Click Here

Photo by @constance0128
Photo by +Julie Ivy 

Set List: 
  • It is Well With My Soul (partial) - PREMIERE [Instagram] [Video]
  • Paul Simon [Video]
  • Monster (jazzy)/Hit the Road Jack - (Original/Cover-Ray Charles mash-up) [Video]
  • It's Always You [Video]  [mp3
  • Beautiful and Wild [Video] [mp3]
  • Better With You [Instagram] [Video]
  • Girl Across the Room - PREMIERE [Video] [mp3]
  • Ain't No Sunshine (Cover - Bill Withers) [Video]
After a lovely song from the Vilonia HS choir,
  • Alright With Me [Video]
  • In Time [Video - partial]
  • Live Like We're Dying
  • Shut That Door
  • Lean on Me (with Vilonia HS choir) (Cover - Bill Withers) [Instagram]
Also: [Kris Allen Trivia]

After the Show:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Event: May 1-3, 2014: Various Kentucky Derby Events, Louisville, KY

Southern Gaming's Derby Poker Bourbon Bash

Unbridled Eve Gala
May 2, 2014
7 PM - 1:30 AM EDT
Also performing: Frankie Ballard, Landau Eugene Murphy

Kentucky Derby
May 3, 2014
Races start 1:30 PM EDT
Post Time for Kentucky Derby 6:24 PM EDT

Starting tonight, Kris is scheduled to attend several Kentucky Derby related events. First up is a celebrity poker party sponsored by Southern Gaming Magazine tonight. (Update: Although he was listed in promotional articles as attending, it appears he did not. Of course, as we know, he's been very busy with Arkansas tornado relief, so that's my guess for where he was.)  Friday night, he's one of the entertainers at an official Kentucky Derby charity ball, Unbridled Eve. Both events benefit a charity named Blessings in a Backpack. And Saturday, we can expect him to pop up as a spectator at the Run for the Roses.

Special thank you goes to one of my favorite Kris fans, @KYnurse45_ for helping me pull together the list! She also shared this #throwbackthursday video find from the last time Kris played a Kentucky Derby event (in 2011):

Pre-Event Press and Publicity:
Screencap by KrisAllenLists

Unbridled Eve Event Photos:

Rehearsal pic by thelouisvillecrashers
Event set-up pic by @EmilyWDRB

Media for Unbridled Eve:

Red Carpet!

Photo by @TheKenGent

News Articles and Other Media:

The Show!

Photo by @PanasonicUSA

Jamming with Frankie Ballard and Landau Eugene Murphy -
 Photo by @The DoctorTTT

Set List for Unbridled Eve (Partial, obviously; order uncertain): 

The Derby!

Photo by katyallen79
Photo by @BH_EMarr
Kris and Katy hanging with Donald Driver and wife
Photo by Donald Driver
Photo by Julia Baker of the Cooking Channel 
Photo by