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

Show and List Preview:
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

Show and List Preview:
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

Show and List Preview:
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

Show and List Preview:
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

Show and List Preview:
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

Show and List Preview:
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)

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, 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!