Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year! Here's to 2016!

Photo of Kris performing New Year's Eve 2014 by Lisa Renee Photography

Happy New Year! 2015 did not bring us many Kris Allen performances, as he spent the year focusing on his family, his new home in Nashville and recording his upcoming album due out this spring. But we did have some one-offs throughout the year, as well as a mini-tour of Florida in January 2015.

Yesterday on Twitter I asked Kris fans to nominate their favorite Kris performances and shows of the year. Favorites included:

My picks were the Tom Petty tribute (duh!), plus two shows I thought fans overlooked - a singer-songwriter showcase in Nashville where he debuted two new songs and a gig in West Palm Beach with amazing media!

I put the nominated performances from these shows into a little YouTube playlist for you:

Something to keep you busy while you wait for midnight! Or to whet your whistle for all the shows ahead on the Letting You In tour next year!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Charity Event: December 23, 2015: Orange County Christmas Extravaganza

Orange County Christmas Extravaganza
December 23, 2015
Christ Cathedral

Garden Grove, CA
8 PM PST (11 PM EST)

Featuring other American Idols, including Elliot Yamin, Jessica Sanchez and Ruben Studdard

Show and List Preview:
Kris joins other idols and some housewives of Orange County in a charity event for Christmas held at the former Crystal Cathedral. It will be livestreamed and also shown on local TV (KDOC in Los Angeles)! See this press release for more information.

For those of you in Los Angeles, they will re-air the OCCE Christmas special on December 27 at 4 pm on KDOC. For those of you in Houston, TX, KUBE-TV will air the OCCE special on Christmas Eve (December 24) at 8 pm!

Updated after the show with videos, photos and more! Kris sang three songs, including a new duet with Ayla Brown ...
Updated 12/26/2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Today's the Day! Tickets on Sale Today for the Letting You In Tour!

Today is the big day! Tickets go on sale today for Kris' first major US tour since the Out Alive tour of 2013! (Unless you are in Washington DC (presale, see newsletter from venue), Chicago (venue website), Ann Arbor (presale ended) or New York City (presale), in which case tickets went on sale a couple of days ago! No worries, you can still get them!) The name of the tour is Letting You In and there are indications that it will be full band. The great news is that he is playing major cities that he has not played in years!

Click the picture above or click here to go to Kris' official website, where ticket links for each show are to be posted today!

Some questions I've seen people asking and some answers:

Is there VIP? According to his street team, they are still determining that. If you see a VIP ticket, it is something the venue is working up, but not the official meet and greet.

What is the venue? For some reason, the mobile version of his website doesn't show the venues. They are there though - just use a real computer. They are also on his Facebook page or his BandsinTown page.

Good luck to everyone buying tickets today! I am going to have a busy day, but when I can, I'll be on Twitter @KrisAllenLists and will RT all ticket links I see.

Private Event: December 10, 2015: X Card Holiday Party, Miami, FL

I don't usually do posts for private events unless it's easy to find things - they aren't publicized before hand and there's normally not much - but luckily for us, this surprise performance last night at a company holiday party in Miami did have a few private event guests to post some videos!

I have no idea what X Card is, but it threw a holiday party for itself (with one gorgeous Christmas tree) last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - and booked a pretty great band in the KAB!

Set list (Order uncertain; may be missing songs - if you were there and can help flesh it out, please contact @KrisAllenLists on Twitter or email
  1. Paul Simon [Instagram]
  2. Better With You [Facebook video]
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [Facebook video]
  4. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer [Instagram] - PREMIERE
  5. Holly Jolly Christmas [Instagram]

Monday, November 30, 2015

Charity Show: December 1, 2015: World AIDS Day Concert, Detroit, MI

Poster via @WorldsAIDSDayUS

Charity Show

December 1, 2015

The Garden Theater

Detroit, MI

7 - 10 PM Eastern

Also featuring Melinda Doolittle, Rayvon Owen, Devin Velez and Malaya Watson

Show and List Preview:
Kris appears with other American Idols of yore (some good ones IMO) at a benefit concert in Detroit to support World AIDS Day.

Post Show Update:
As we saw from more recent seasons of Idol, some of those Idols aren't reluctant to tweet, so they made up the bulk of our list. ;) They all were in good voice for a good cause. Plus a DJ from Detroit's AMP Radio gave one of our Kris fans a little tour scoop. Post updated with set list and media (some videos) after the break...
Updated 12/8/2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Charity Event: September 26, 2015: Global Genes Champions of Hope Gala, Huntington Beach, CA

Photo via Champions of Hope gala website

Champions of Hope Gala
Huntington Beach, CA

5:30 PM PDT

Show and List Preview:
Kris once again performs as part of the annual Champions of Hope Gala, part of a larger conference to address rare genetic diseases. Last year, he did a lovely set at the Gala and was well-received, so am expecting the same this year.

The list includes one regular.

Updated: What a successful event for a great cause! Set list, videos, photos and more after the break...
Updated 9/28/2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Charity Show: September 19, 2015: Briggs and Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital, Milwaukee, WI

logo via

Free Charity Concert

September 19, 2015

Maier Festival Park

Milwaukee, WI

Noon CDT

Show and List Preview:
Kris performs a free concert at the finish line of this annual charity run/walk to benefit Children's Hospital of Milwaukee. Our list is small but there is a regular.

Updated: The event raised over $1 million. The set list and some pictures and video are after the break...
Updated 7:45 pm 9/20/15

College Show/Concert: September 18, 2015: Adelphi University, New York

Photo via Adelphi U PAC Facebook


September 18, 2015

Concert Hall
Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

7:30 PM EDT

Show and List Preview:
This is a college show but thankfully one that's part of the college's cultural arts programming so it is open to the public. There are regular fans going so do expect media and video. Also the college promises to put something on its Periscope account tonight, so make sure to follow them via that app!

Updated: Good crowd, good Twitter list, good set list, videos and pics after the break...
Updated  9/27/15

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Charity Show: August 31, 2015: Tom Petty Tribute Show, City Winery, Nashville, TN

Poster by @MusiciansCorner

Charity Benefit

Into the Great Wide Open
An Evening of Tom Petty Music

August 31, 2015

City Winery

Nashville, TN

6 PM CDT Doors
8 - 10 PM CDT Show

Show and List Preview:
This looks like such a fantastic show but I say this as a biased Tom Petty fan. Great line-up and you really can't go wrong with Petty music. Give me one of Kris' Tom Petty covers any day over one of his girl pop ones. (For those who don't know, Kris and KAB have covered  Breakdown  several  times, Kris, KAB and GRO covered Free Falling, and Kris tackled Petty's holiday classic Christmas All Over Again during one of his StageIt Christmas shows. Plus the country of Italy failed and didn't get us video of what was supposedly a blistering cover of American Girl.) And Torres got to jam with Ron Blair of the Heartbreakers after KAB's gig in West Palm Beach this summer, plus with his other band in California back in June.

As a huge Petty fan, I've got a couple of songs I'd love to hear covered. I'd love to hear Kris cover Here Comes My Girl from Petty's Damn the Torpedoes album. And the subversive side of me would like to hear him do The Last DJ (which is basically an indictment of the major labels and corporate radio conglomerates). Or maybe he should do what I'd nominate to be the theme song for all Kris fans in major US cities, The Waiting.

He'll probably do Breakdown. We do have some regulars who are going.

Updated: Kris performed Here Comes My Girl :)))) And also, with the rest, Walls. Set list (partial for everyone), video (with some quickie mp3s), IGs of everyone and media after the break...
Updated 9/2/15

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Festival Concert: July 30, 2015: Ottauquechee Farm Songwriters Festival, Woodstock, VT

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
Ottauquechee Farm Songwriters' Festival with
Public Concert

July 30, 2015

Ottauquechee Farm
Woodstock, VT

6:30 PM EDT

Show and List Preview:
I was asked if I would cover this festival thing that sprouted up and, reading the description, it does sound like just the thing Kris seems to need to get inspired to do some of the things with his career that I would like to see him do. I like that Charlie Peacock, his Horizons producer, is directing it. Most of it is private, but it does have a free public concert on Thursday, July 30.
Updated with media, limited set list info, and tweets from the retreat, plus a song snippet from his writing session with another artist, after the break...
Updated 12/30/2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Festival: July 24, 2015: Memphis Bikefest, Tennessee

Photo via Memphis BikeFest's Facebook page
Memphis Bike Fest

 July 24, 2015

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Tiger Lane Green, Lots A-F
Memphis, TN

Time: 9:00 PM CDT

Opening Act: Alexis Grace

Show and List Preview:
I don't know about this one. It seems it has not been promoted on Twitter at all. With a little googling and surfing, I have found some promotion though (linked below). But I've got no one on the list. We'll hope it goes well. I'm much more enthused about his next scheduled event (Tom Petty tribute in Nashville on August 31) which seems more up his alley. For those hoping for a Lil Rounds S8 reunion or a duet with WAR, they are headliners on their own nights and not appearing with Kris. Instead, Alexis Grace from Idol Season 8 is his opening act.

Updated: Dead as I predicted, sadly. Please email if you were there and can fill in with set list details or photos. There is some media from a promotional appearance after the break and a few of you found Facebook videos from the show.
Updated 7/26/15

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Festival: July 18, 2015: Miyelo Music Festival, Tipp City, Ohio

Photo via Miyelo Music Festival IG
Mieylo Music Festival

July 18, 2015

Tipp City, OH

Kris on at 5:45 pm EDT

Show and List Preview:
Kris is one of the featured performers for this brand new festival! Although, I'll be honest, as a General Hospital and Nashville fan, I'm kind of psyched that Jonathan Jackson is in it too. The other day my work BFF asked me if I thought Lucky was going to stay a long time on GH this time around, and I said, nope, he's got a tour and a show with Kris! (I have to admit, that made her laugh.)

Anyway, this festival looks like a great way to spend a Saturday if you're a fan of good indie Americana, country and/or folk-pop music. The festival is in the Dayton, Ohio metropolitan area. Click the links above for tickets and line-up info. One note: KAB will not be performing with Kris; instead he'll be backed by Donnie Reis' band.

Updated: It was a good show for Kris! I hear It's Always You was a highlight. Unfortunately Jonathan Jackson wasn't as "lucky" as a bad storm suspended his show. Post is updated with set list and media (tons of videos and photo albums) after the break..
Updated 7/23/2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Armed Forces Tour: July 4, 2015: 4th of July Celebration, Aviano Air Base, Aviano, Italy

Flyer via 31st Force Squadron

Armed Forces Tour

July 4 2015

4th of July Celebration
Freedom Park
Aviano Air Base, Italy

(2 PM Eastern)

Show and List Preview:
Kris is touring various U.S. military installations in Portugal and Italy June 28 through July 4 to entertain the troops and their families. He's done this before for the USO; this tour is sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment. The last of the four shows he is doing is at Aviano Air Base in Aviano, Italy. This show is part of an Independence Day celebration and is open to the Italian public if they got their names on the list by June 18! Last year, this event was attended by 4,000 people.

I'll be maintaining a rolling twitter list for this tour, but doing separate show posts. No worries, you won't miss a thing. Do not expect a lot of media though.

Updated: Fantastic set list and some photos after the break...hoping for some media on this one, c'mon Italy!
Updated 7/13/15

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Armed Forces Tour: July 2, 2015: Independence Day Celebration, USAG Vicenza, Italy

Tour poster via Armed Forces Entertainment's Facebook page

Armed Forces Tour

July 2, 2015

Independence Day Celebration
Caserme Ederle
USAG Vicenza, Italy

Entertainment begins 6:30 PM CEST
(12:30 PM EDT)

Kris probably on around 8 PM CEST (2 PM EDT)

Show and List Preview:
Kris is touring various U.S. military installations in Portugal and Italy June 28 through July 4 to entertain the troops and their families. He's done this before for the USO; this tour is sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment. The third show of the four shows he is doing is on Thursday evening in Vicenza, Italy (west of Venice in northeastern Italy). This show is part of an Independence Day celebration and is open to the public!

I'll be maintaining a rolling twitter list for this tour, but doing separate show posts. No worries, you won't miss a thing. Do not expect a lot of media though.

Updated: According to this post from keyboardist Andrew St. Marie, there were 20,000 in attendance! Some media (photos and IG videos) and a partial set list after the break...
Updated 7/4/2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Armed Forces tour: June 30, 2015: NATO Base Lisbon, Portugal

Tour poster via Armed Forces Entertainment's Facebook page

Armed Forces Tour

June 30, 2015

General Internac. 
Sob Comando Cinciberlant Estrada Medrosa, Reduto Gomes Freire 
(Lisbon, Portugal)

Time TBA

Show and List Preview:
Kris is touring various U.S. military installations in Portugal and Italy June 28 through July 4 to entertain the troops and their families. He's done this before for the USO; this tour is sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment. The second show of the four shows he is doing is on Tuesday evening in Lisbon, Portugal. As of this writing, it is only for military personnel and their families.

I'll be maintaining a rolling twitter list for this tour, but doing separate show posts. No worries, you won't miss a thing. Do not expect a lot of media though. I've found no posts or tweets about this particular show. (Update - We've got one person we found going!)

Updated: Our fan came through! Set list and some videos after the break...
Updated 7/2/2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Armed Forces Tour: June 28, 2015; San Joaninas Festival, Lajes Field, Azores

Photo via 65th Force Support Squadron Facebook Page
 Armed Forces Tour

June 28, 2015

Angra Fest
Lajes Field

10 PM Azores Time (6 pm EDT)

Show and List Preview:
Kris is touring various U.S. military installations in Portugal and Italy June 28 through July 4 to entertain the troops and their families. He's done this before for the USO; this tour is sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment. The first show of the four shows he is doing is on Sunday evening in the Azores islands (a region belonging to Portugal). It is part of a public festival, so this particular show is open to the public.

I'll be maintaining a rolling twitter list for this tour, but doing separate show posts. No worries, you won't miss a thing. Do not expect a lot of media though.

Updated with set list and media (including a high quality video of the entire show) after the break...
Updated 7/26/2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Concert: June 19-20, 2015: Lauderdale Live VIP Event & Festival, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo via @Phillips

Lauderdale Live Festival
Huizenga Park
Fort Lauderdale, FL

June 19 - VIP Event, 7 PM

June 20 - Concert, 3-10:45 pm
(Kris set on June 20 is at 5 pm)

Other Acts:
6/19 - Ben Rector
6/20 - Emily Kopp, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors,
Ben Rector, Phillip Phillips

Show and List Preview:
This should be a good time! It's a festival with other acts that are current, relevant and in Kris' genre, so already that's an improvement! Plus there's a private party on a yacht for VIP ticket holders with a bonus "intimate" Kris performance. We do have our FL regulars going so our list will be good and I'm sure we'll get some great media as we recently did for West Palm Beach and Orlando shows!

Updated: Set list with instavideos for the VIP party and tons of media for the concert (including instavideo, setlist, twit cast and videos of Kris' set and set list, videos and twit cast for P2 as well!)
Updated 6/30/2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Writer's Round: June 4, 2015: Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN

Photo via The Bluebird Cafe
The Music: In the Row with
Madeleine Slate, Kris Allen,
Michael Logen and Gabe Dixon

June 4, 2015

The Bluebird Cafe

Nashville, TN

Doors 5 pm CST
Show 6 pm CST

(Note: Advance seats sold out;
Limited seats available day of show)

Show and List Preview:
If you've ever watched an episode of ABC's Nashville, you've seen the Bluebird Cafe. It's the bar that some of the characters work at and frequently showcase their musical talents at. So tonight, Kris Allen and others will do their best Gunnar, Deacon, Avery and Scarlett (well, scratch that last one, you know they will be more interesting than Scarlett). He did one of these earlier this year and it was a successful night!

The list is pretty small as the venue is small and sold out quickly. Limited seats are available for those who show up early on the day of the show (click here to find out more). Hope to add some people last minute. Be aware that the audience is strictly prohibited from taking videos.

Update: A Kris fan got there early for the day of seats, and was still turned away, so the show definitely sold out and was a success!

Updated with set list and instavideo after the break...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Concert: May 30, 2015: North Central College, Naperville, IL (Chicago area)

Screencap by Kris Allen Lists
May 30, 2015
Pfeiffer Hall
North Central College
Naperville, IL
8:00 PM Central
Opening Act: Elenowen

Show and List Preview:
Kris does his next gig at a college in the outer Chicago suburb of Naperville. Although this was originally booked by Degy and slated for 2014, it was moved to this year and scheduled for the end of May. While that may seem like a bad time to do a college concert, this particular college will still be in class as it doesn't break until June. Also good is that this college is heavily promoting the show via social media to its students. Even better, this particular college show is also available to the general public at a bargain price, so if you are in the Chicago area, you should go! (This may be your only Kris concert this year!)

Our list does indeed include some Kris list regulars, as well as some college students.

Best list in awhile! Updated with setlist, photos, instavideo, recorded audio, tons of gorgeous videos and media after the break...
Updated 1/24/2017 with new video that popped up! Better late than never, right?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concert: May 22, 2015: Verizon Riverfest, Little Rock, Arkansas

Photo via arkriverfest on IG


May 22, 2015

Miller Lite/AFCU Stage

downtown Little Rock, AR

8-9 PM CDT

Also performing: Sheryl Crow and Just Sayin'

Show and List Preview:
This is a big annual festival that Arkansas fans have been begging to book Kris for years, seeing as how he's their hometown boy and all. Finally, the festival has booked him!

Our twitter list to follow the event included many AR fans, who tweeted lots of pic! And it seems that Kris played the same stage he played for his Little Rock Idol Homecoming, and it touched him greatly.

Updated with set list, videos and media after the break...
Updated 6/24/2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Concert: May 15, 2015: The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Photo via Mohegan Sun


May 15, 2015

The Wolf Den

Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, CT

8:00 PM EDT

Show and List Preview:
Kris returns to a venue he last performed at in 2013 for what is as of now his only scheduled show for this year for the east coast. I really hope he and his team rethink that. The usual people who go to his New England shows are on the list so you should get video and pictures this time. You can always count on east/best coast Kris fans!

Updated with set list, videos (don't miss the mash-up of Monster with BB King's The Thrill is Gone) and media after the break...
Updated 5/23/15

Friday, May 8, 2015

Concert: May 9, 2015: Musicians Corner, Nashville, TN

Logo via Musicians Corner


May 9, 2015

Centennial Park

Nashville, TN

12:00 - 5:30 pm CDT
Kris goes on 3 pm CDT

Other Acts: Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes
Jason Eskridge, Viva Mexico

Show and List Preview:
This should be a good show! Kris joins some other excellent singer-songwriters in an acoustic, free concert that is part of an annual outdoor concert series in Nashville. According to its website, "In its initial five years, the Musicians Corner audience has substantially grown in size from 5,000 people in 2010 to over 50,000 in 2014." Nice! Let's hope for great weather and a great turnout. If you are in Nashville, this is free, outdoors, family-friendly and on a Saturday afternoon, so goooo!

For those of us watching the show via Twitter and this post, I am hoping Kris will perform the two new songs he debuted at Tin Pan South's showcase: Waves and the still yet-to-be-videoed-so-let's-get-on-that-Kris-fans Belle Meade Gal. Since Kris has taken a break from regular touring to work on writing songs for the next album, this performance seems like a perfect time to showcase some new original music!

Updated with set list, videos and media after the break...
Updated 5/15/2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Concert: May 2, 2015: Trussville City Fest, Trussville, Alabama (Birmingham area)


Trussville City Fest

May 2, 2015

Century Link Stage on the Mall

Trussville, AL

8 PM Central

Show and List Preview:
If you live in the Birmingham, Alabama area, you are in luck this weekend, because Kris is playing a city festival in the suburb of Trussville! Admission to everything including his show is $5. Go! (Click the link above for more information.)

Thank you @kradambofan and @sahsouha1 for finding this!

At this festival, they will crown a Miss City Fest, so no better choice of performer to play the festival than the former winner of "Little Mister City Fest"!

Updated with media, videos and set list after the break...
Updated 5/15/15

Charity Event: May 1, 2015: Unbridled Eve Gala, Louisville, KY

Charity Event:

Unbridled Eve Gala

May 1, 2015

Galt House Hotel

Louisville, KY

 7 PM Eastern

Other Performers: Ruben Studdard, Emily West,
JD Shelburne, Ray Scott. 

Backing Band: Louisville Crashers

Show and List Preview:
Kris returns as a featured performer to this big Kentucky Derby charity ball, at which he performed last year. Joining him this year are Ruben!!!, some country music stars, a few contestants from the Bachelor and various celebrities.

Last year's event was one of our most popular posts and the ball looked like an absolute blast, so I expect it will be a lot of fun to follow again this year. (For those wondering, Kris will not attend the Kentucky Derby race this year as he has a concert in Alabama that evening.)

Twitter list, lots of pictures and partial set list after the break...
Updated 9:30 pm 5/2/15

Saturday, April 18, 2015

College Show: April 18, 2015, Young Harris College, Georgia

Photo by Young Harris College

College Show
Spring Fest

April 18, 2015

Young Harris College



Opening Acts: The Strive

Students only

Show and List Preview:
Another college show. I hadn't heard of this college either, and all I know about its locale is that it's in northern Georgia, but my recent foray into Division III recruiting plus doing these college show posts has taught me that there are tons of these small liberal arts colleges and many are quite good! Let's hope this one is enthusiastic for Kris. The opener from last night's UTC show had good things to say about this college.

Updated with set list and some media after the break...
Updated 4/21/15

Friday, April 17, 2015

College Show: April 17, 2015: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Photo by @Verklempts

College Show

Moc Madness Music Festival

April 17, 2015

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN


Opening Acts: Mockingbird Sun;
Levi Stephens; Mama Lou

Show and List Preview:
Another college show! This college seems excited to see Kris, as their students took the picture for me of their posters and have RTed my tweets!

Updated: Complete set list! A new cover! Set list and media (insta-videos and pics) after the break...
Updated 4/19/2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

College Show: April 10, 2015: Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH

Photo via Franklin Pierce Athletics Dept.

College Show

April 10, 2015

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, NH

Doors 7:30 PM EDT

Opening Act: Nikki Hunt Band

Show and List Preview:
Kris goes back to college! I will be prepping for a weekend college road trip myself. If you've followed me for awhile, you probably know I have a kid tennis player and she's trying to pick which college to commit to for next year, so we're re-visiting our top prospects this weekend and checking out one new one that popped up out of nowhere. My advice to Kris would be to take mental notes on all these D2 and D3 colleges he plays in case Oliver wants to do sports in college.

In other words, I'm busy and my mind is elsewhere, so updates to this blog post will be a little scarce and in-between but I'll get it done.

As for this show, it's the usual college show in a rural New England town with very little publicity, but that doesn't matter because it's students only. Hoping these students enjoy instagramming and live-tweeting their shows...

Updated with partial set list and media after the break...
(Updated 4/17/15)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Festival: March 25, 2015: Tin Pan South, Commodore Grille, Nashville, TN

Photo via


March 25, 2015
The Commodore Grille

Nashville, TN

Appearing with Gabe Dixon, Madeleine Slate and Michael Logen

Show and List Preview:
Kris is joining some other excellent singer/songwriters for a showcase at this annual prestigious Nashville festival.

Set list and media (including live video & mp3 of new song!) after the break...
Updated 8:40 pm, 3/26/2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Event: February 21, 2015: Santa Clara, CA: Kris sings National Anthem for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

Stadium Series logo courtesy of LA Kings

LA Kings v. San Jose Hockey Game
2015 Coors NHL Stadium Series

February 21, 2015

Levi's Stadium

Santa Clara, CA

Pre-Game 6:30 PM Pacific
  Game 7:00 PM Pacific 

Kris is performing the National Anthem and Live Like We're Dying with a symphony before this nationally televised outdoor hockey game that is a big deal to hockey fans. As for those of us who are into spring sports, well, yay for Kris performing the anthem at a big nationally televised sporting event! Plus the other performers include the most excellent Melissa Etheridge and John Fogerty during the intermissions!

For those of you in the San Jose/Santa Clara area, there's tons of activities to do before the game, so it sounds like a fun time. Plus you get to do something funky with your mobile phone to help the musical performances! The game itself is sold out and they expect 63,000!

No Twitter list for this - they don't work well for anthems, plus this will be on TV so you'll get to watch it live. Instead, I'll RT media as well as update this post. If you go, help me and the NHL out and use the hashtag #StadiumSeries for your tweets.

Media and information on how to watch the game on TV after the break...
Updated 2/21/15 with tons of media! Just scroll down....

Friday, January 30, 2015

College Show: January 31, 2015: Eagle Jam, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

College Show

January 31, 2015

Pride Field
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

2:00 PM Central

FREE! Open to General Public!

Show and List Preview:
I love a college show where the college actually knows they need to promote the show! And the University of Southern Mississippi has delivered, with the most publicity I've ever seen for a college show. Kris should hire their marketing majors!

That said, this event is open to the general public and free, so if you can make it, go! Kris will also be singing the national anthem afterwards at the Golden Eagles basketball game. Go Golden Eagles!

Updated  3/3115: Set list and media after the break...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Concert: January 30, 2015: Mill Town Music Hall, Bremen, GA


January 30, 2015

Mill Town Music Hall

Bremen, GA


Opening Act: Ivey Redding

Show and List Preview:
Heading north from Florida, KAB stops off in the small town of Bremen, GA, west of Atlanta on the Alabama/Georgia border. He's doing a bookstore appearance from 3 to 4 pm, and then the show at 8 pm.

I expect this list to be smaller and not have as much media, as is normal when Kris plays a small town.

Updated 6 pm 2/2/15 with set list and insta-videos after the break...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Concert: January 29, 2015: The Social, Orlando, FL


January 29, 2015

The Social

Orlando, FL
Doors 8:00 PM EST

Opening Act: John Frank

Show and List Preview:
Following their nice cruise to Cozumel aboard the Rock Boat, it's time for KAB to head home. They're going to take the long musical route though, and do a couple of shows on the way, starting with this return engagement to the Social in Orlando, FL.

We've got a lot of fans who traveled for this one! Must be that wintry weather... I anticipate our best list in awhile.

Updated 2/6/15: Set list and media, including some nice photo albums, videos and mp3s and an interview, after the break...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 24 - 28: The Rock Boat Cruise, Miami - Cozumel

Photo via The Rock Boat XV

The Rock Boat
Cruise with Concerts

January 24-28, 2015

Miami, FL to Cozumel

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Last year, Kris and band enjoyed the Live Loud Festival cruise - and you enjoyed watching their antics so much, it was the most popular post on this blog in 2014! This year, they are taking on a bigger, more high profile music cruise - the Rock Boat!

The Norwegian Pearl (photo via Norwegian Cruise Lines)
Kris and band and fans will set sail about the Norwegian Pearl (picture above) for a four-day adventure that will take them from the Port of Miami to the Mexican island of Cozumel, just off the Yucatan Peninsula. There will be a lot of fun, games and three, count them, three Kris shows! Plus they've got some friends and former touring companions on the cruise in Green River Ordinance and Andy Suzuki and the Method plus, how could I forget, the Barenaked Ladies are also on this cruise. We'll track it all and post updates as they come in this post.

Cruise Information:
Updated 3/10/15 with some new videos. You'll find setlists and tons of pictures and videos (and mp3s) after the break...

Benefit Concert: January 23, 2015: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

Benefit Concert

January 23, 2015

Margaret Heye Great Room in
Ruth Eckerd Hall

Clearwater, FL

Doors 7 PM EST
7:30 PM EST

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Kris is playing a special benefit concert to raise funds for the Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center in Clearwater, Florida tonight. The charity considers this to be a very important fundraiser, so hopefully all of Kris' Tampa Bay area fans will be able to get out and support this show on a Friday night!

Updated: Set list and media (now some full-length videos) after the break...
Updated 1/30/15 12:15 pm

Monday, January 19, 2015

Concert: January 21, 2015: Jack Rabbits: Jacksonville, FL

Photo by Erica Johnson


January 21, 2015

Jack Rabbits

St. Augustine, FL


Opening Act: Faze Wave

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Kris and band drive a short distance north on A1A and then hang a left inland to their next Florida show, in the large NE Florida city of Jacksonville, FL. One of my best friends in real life lives here, and from visiting her, I can say this is a very underrated and lively city!

The list is sparse again, although this particular venue and the opening act have frequently tweeted about the show. We shall see if we have last minute additions...

Updated with set list and some photos after the break...
Updated 1/25/15

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Concert: January 20, 2015: Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine, Florida


January 20, 2015

Cafe Eleven

Jacksonville, FL

8:00 PM EST

Opening Act: Caleb Joye

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After the fun that was the West Palm Beach show, held in South Florida which has some awesome Kris fans, we move to northeast Florida to St. Augustine. It's a beautiful city (I've been there a few times as our family searched for the perfect vacation home place) but it's close to the venue for the following day, and this list is sparse. Kris is our main tweeter, so let's hope for last-minute additions.

Updated: I'll never understand venues that don't promote shows. Paltry partial set list and a bit of media found on IG after the break...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concert: January 18, 2015: Sunday on the Waterfront, West Palm Beach, FL

Screengrab by Kris Allen Lists

Sunday on the Waterfront

January 18, 2015

Palm Stage

West Palm Beach, FL

4:00 PM EST

Opening Act: High Tolerance

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Kris continues his winter break in Florida with a stop at Meyer Ampitheater in West Palm Beach, FL for the city's Sunday on the Waterfront series. This free event sounds like a blast! And we have some great fans on the list, which is nice!

Updated 2/17/2015: Great show and fantastic list! Set list, tons of awesome videos and photos too after the break...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Concert: January 17, 2015: The High Dive, Gainesville, FL


January 17, 2015

High Dive

Gainesville, FL

8:00 PM EST Doors
9:00 PM EST Show

Opening Acts:
Sona Holiday
Katie Hargrove
Amber De La Cruz

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Kris returns to the college town of Gainesville, FL to kick off a January mini-tour of the Sunshine State. He last played this venue a little under two years ago during the Out Alive tour. His request song that time was a fun cover of Get Back by The Beatles. His full band solo shows were the best shows we've had since Horizons came out, so can't wait to see the tweaks the band has made to the set list! (I think it will be full band based on this Instagram post by drummer Brad.)

Updated: The crowd was young, and the videos we have are fun! Set list and media after the break...
Updated 9:45 pm 1/31/15

Monday, January 12, 2015

Showcase: January 14, 2015: In the Round, the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN

Photo via The Bluebird Cafe
In the Round with Adam Hambrick, Kris Allen, Blake Chaffin and Jessica Roadcap

January 16, 2015

The Bluebird Cafe

Nashville, TN

Doors 5 pm CST
Show 6 pm CST

(Note: Limited seats available day of show)

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If you've ever watched an episode of ABC's Nashville, you've seen the Bluebird Cafe. It's the bar that some of the characters work at and frequently showcase their musical talents at. So tonight, Kris Allen, his friend Adam Hambrick and others will do their best Gunnar, Deacon, Avery and Scarlett (well, scratch that last one, you know they will be more interesting than Scarlett) and bring their songs to the venue's unique "In the Round" format. The venue advertises "In the Round" shows in its FAQ as "... the songwriters in the center of the room, where they perform together, telling stories and accompanying each other. It’s a unique set up that allows the audience an up-close-and-personal experience of how songwriters create their music."

The list is pretty small as the venue is small and sold out quickly. Hope to add some people last minute.

Updated: Attendees were thrilled to see this intimate show. Basically each singer talked about a few of their songs and sang them. Set list and media after the break...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Your Picks for Favorite Kris Allen Performances of 2014

Recently, I put out a call on Twitter for your favorite Kris Allen performances of 2014. You didn't disappoint; many of you responded very enthusiastically with some great recommendations!

I've compiled everyone's picks into a YouTube playlist that you can see at the bottom of this post. The videos are in chronological order, even if that meant it did start out with a video of End of the Show from a February IL concert.

Two performances (with two videos each) were nominated by two people each, so technically, they got the most votes and so I'll call them your favorites of the year! Congratulations to Carolina on my Mind (Asheville, NC, September 11) and Lost (Santa Cruz, CA)! All the videos of them that were suggested are on the list.

In case you're wondering what I picked, I selected a few random ones that were fun to watch for me: either because they had college hijinks (End of the Show (Christopher Newport University, February); Alright with Me (San Angelo State); Live Like We're Dying (Univ. of Texas San Antonio)), they were songs I really like a lot that he doesn't play enough (Girl Across the Room, AR Tornado Relief Show, May)(One Love, Live Loud Fest, February) (the new Christmas song (Baby It Ain't Christmas Without You (Scottsdale, AZ, November)) or they're just a jam for the audience to enjoy (Live Like We're Dying, Minneapolis, November). I also am always thrilled when he plays SxSW so I picked the video of the wonderful stream we got from one of his gigs there (Heart of Austin, March). And I am not a big fan of It's Always You, but I thought the addition of the violin that was done in Patchogue, NY really elevated the song for me - so that video was a pick as well.

Of course, speaking of songs and things I'm not a big fan of, have no fear, Chandelier made the list a few times since everyone but me enjoys it. It was interesting to see that although we got a bunch of videos suggested, they tended to be from the same shows (solo: Natick MA, Louisville, Asheville, and Santa Cruz and for the Boyce Avenue tour: Minneapolis, San Francisco and Los Angeles). I was not surprised to see that shows in major cities like DC and NYC did not make the list; I know I wouldn't have put my own videos from DC on this list. Fans in those cities badly need a solo show (DC's last Kris show was in January 2013!) and our stretch of the Boyce tour did not get rave reviews from fans, between Kris' illness and Torres' absence plus VIP event planning issues.

Overall though, I think the playlist really does a great job of showcasing how fun Kris can be to see live. His voice was in amazing form this year and his dancing and joy are evident. There are some well-done covers and some originals that the band just goes to town on. Let's hear it for the band, by the way. They deliver, night in, night out, and there's no doubt that they have Kris' back. And finally, the audience gets really into it in these videos, which is wonderful to see.

The KAB did 96 shows this year (including private gigs we knew about). If someone wants to count up ALL the songs that were done, you'll find a spreadsheet here of them. Let's hope and pray we get many more shows, songs, live performances etc done for enthusiastic audiences everywhere in 2015!

Without further ado, here's the 2014 list for your enjoyment!