Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 29, 2016: Nashville, TN

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
April 29, 2016
City Winery

Nashville, TN
Doors 6 PM Central
Show 8 PM Central

Opening Act: Sean McConnell

Show and List Preview:
After a little break, Kris resumes the Letting You In tour in his newly adopted hometown of Nashville. As an added bonus, this is his first SOLD OUT headlining show there! In addition, he will be doing a private radio show for Mix 92.9 contest winners the morning of the show.

For those of you actually going to the evening concert, be aware that there will be some funky road closures and parking restrictions due to a marathon being held this weekend. Click here for more information on that.

Updated with set list and media (including full radio appearance and set list, concert set list and videos) after the break...
UPDATED 10/18/2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 18, 2016: New York City

Photo by the Gramercy Theatre
April 18, 2016
Gramercy Theatre

New York City, NY
7:00 PM Eastern

Opening Acts: Jesse Rubin and Hannah Gill

Show and List Preview:
Kris finally, FINALLY, plays another show in New York City - always one of his best towns. However, he hasn't played the Big Apple since October 2014 (an opening act show for Boyce Avenue) and he hasn't done a headlining show there since a surprise show in February 2014! The fans there have begged for his return and this should be a great show.

Updated: Seems like it was quite a successful show! Big crowd, enthusiastic and they've given us tons of media and the set list after the break...
UPDATED 6/6/2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 16, 2016: Watseka, IL

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
April 16, 2016
Watseka Theatre

Watseka, IL
7:00 PM Central

Opening Act: The Weekend Riot

Show and List Preview:
Kris plays this small town in the middle of rural Illinois again. Weirdly, he premiered the Horizons tour here. Hopefully, the show being on a Saturday night, and an alternative to his sold out June show in Chicago, will bring in some show-goers!

Updated: Great crowd and a great periscope for those of us at home! Set list and media (featuring some very sweet little girls who got their Fighters request played) after the break...
UPDATED 05/21/2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 15, 2016: Spring Lake, MI

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
April 15, 2016
Seven Steps Up
Spring Lake, MI
8:30 PM Eastern

Opening Act: Sean McConnell

Show and List Preview:
Kris plays a small town in western Michigan (closest city: Grand Rapids) as his next stop on the Letting You In tour.

Updated: Smaller crowd and not a very active list, but a list that gave us just enough to make me want much more. Got some videos (thank you to @maryet34), the set list and media after the break...
UPDATED 4/17/2017

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 14, 2016: Ann Arbor, MI

Screenshot by @KrisAllenLists

April 14, 2016

The Ark

Ann Arbor, MI
Doors open 7:30 PM Eastern
Show 8:00 PM Eastern

Opening Act: Sean McConnell

Show and List Preview:
Kris Allen and band return to Michigan to play a couple of shows, starting with a return engagement to the Ark in Ann Arbor, a venue he last played in 2013.

Updated: Fun show, with the longest set list yet, a fantastic stream for the rest of us, and media after the break...
UPDATED 6/20/2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 13, 2016: Pittsburgh, PA

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
April 13, 2016
City Winery

Pittsburgh, PA
Doors 7:30 PM Eastern
Show 8 PM Eastern

Opening Act: Sean McConnell

Show and List Preview:
The Letting You In Tour proceeds to play Pittsburgh, PA. Kris last played Pittsburgh in 2014. This is always a tough town to get live tweets from! I'm not sure why. The show has actually sold out!

Updated: Quiet list but do have the set list plus some videos and photos after the break...
UPDATED 6/21/2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 12, 2016: Rochester, NY

Screenshot by @KrisAllenLists

April 12, 2016
The Lovin' Cup

Rochester, NY
8:00 PM EDT

Opening Acts: Sean McConnell, Wesley Claire

Show and List Preview:
This will be Kris' first show ever in Rochester, New York. Curious to see how this goes! Local radio stations have been promoting the show, and the show has sold out, so that's good. I do have some folks for the list.

Updated: Seemed like a great show based on the Periscope I watched! Elvio Fernandes from the band Daughtry (and a local radio personality) joined Kris on stage for an impromptu reprise of Take It Easy by the Eagles, which they had done earlier on the radio station that day. Set list and media after the break...
UPDATED 4/17/2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Letting You In Tour: Requests Granted (Updated)

Thanks to @kristen8108 for an excellent suggestion! She was prepping for her #LettingYouInTour stop and asked for a list of requests that Kris has played so far, so that she wouldn't duplicate!

So here's the list! Very interesting and there was a definite pattern of requests granted. Being a super fan, I admit that I grumbled a bit about some of them (especially the KATA ones) and would have wanted more deep cuts, demos and unreleased material. However, it dawned on me that granting those requests was a great way to Kris to reach out to casual fans and draw them in a bit more.

And I was fortunate and am super grateful to have my VIP request granted (it was Letting You In). It was the highlight actually of my show, so I may go back as time permits and edit this post to add in the VIP requests too. It's tricky because not every VIP song was a request, but I'll try to note the ones that were. If he granted your request at VIP, please let me know what it was.

Bonus! Some were requests and some weren't, but for every VIP song that had a good quality video, @frazzledsoul made mp3s! Click here to access.

Letting You In Tour - Requests Granted! (Updated 06/13/2016)

  • Birmingham (3/31) - Girl Across the Room (from Horizons)
  • Atlanta (4/1) - Better With You (from Thank You Camellia) and Heartless (his cover from Idol but a remixed version was on Kris Allen the album aka KATA, so for this post I'll say KATA)
  • Pawling (4/8) - Send Me All Your Angels (from the KATA deluxe CD)
  • Boston (4/9) - Fighters (from Thank You Camellia deluxe CD)
  • Londonderry, NH (4/10) - Red Guitar (from KATA) 
  • Rochester, NY (4/12) - Leave You Alone (from Thank You Camellia)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (4/13) - Better With You (from Thank You Camellia) and It's Always You (from Horizons)
  • Ann Arbor, MI (4/14) - The Vision of Love (from Thank You Camellia) and Red Guitar (from KATA)
  • Spring Lake, MI (4/15) - It's Always You (from Horizons) and Heartless (cover from Idol; studio remix on KATA)
  • Watseka, IL (4/16) - Fighters (from Thank You Camellia deluxe CD) and I Remember You (from Letting You In)
  • New York City, NY (4/18) - Alright With Me (from KATA) and Ain't No Sunshine (cover from Idol)
  • Nashville, TN (4/29) - The Vision of Love (from Thank You Camellia) and Way Up High (from Letting You In)
  • Bentonville, AR (5/4) - It's Always You (from Horizons)
  • Austin, TX (5/5) - Girl Across the Room (from Horizons) and Ain't No Sunshine (cover from Idol)
  • Conroe, TX (5/6) - Move (from Letting You In) and Ain't No Sunshine (cover from Idol)
  • Wichita Falls, TX (5/7) - Heartless (cover from Idol) and  Ain't No Sunshine (cover from Idol)
  • Dallas, TX (5/8) - Letting You In  (from Letting You In) - (Side note: Kris just added Ain't No Sunshine to the set list. Now please stop with the Idol cover requests, please.)
  • Denver, CO (5/11) - Unique (from a compilation album, Songs for Shelter Me and it's available on iTunes or Amazon)
  • Phoenix, AZ (5/13) - Beautiful and Wild (from Horizons) and Heartless (cover from Idol) 
  • San Diego, CA (5/14) - It's Always You (from Horizons)
  • Los Angeles, CA (5/17) - Wicked Game (cover-Chris Isaac) (Acoustic cover available as a free download from Kris
  • Bakersfield, CA (5/18)  - Beautiful and Wild (from Horizons)
  • Tuolomne, CA (5/19) - Wicked Game (cover-Chris Isaac) 
  • Sacramento, CA (5/20) - Beautiful and Wild (from Horizons) and Alright With Me (from KATA)
  • San Francisco, CA (5/21)  - Girl Across the Room (from Horizons) and Alright With Me (from KATA)
  • Napa, CA (5/22) -  Wicked Game (cover-Chris Isaac) and Heartless (from KATA) and Kris debuted a new song, Venice
  • Portland, OR (5/24) - Red Guitar (from KATA) (VIP request: Teach Me How Love Goes)
  • Seattle, WA (5/25) - The Vision of Love (from Thank You Camellia)
  • St. Louis, MO (5/31) - Red Guitar (from KATA)
  • Cedar Rapids, IA (6/1) - Beautiful and Wild (from Horizons) 
  • Minneapolis, MN (6/2)  - Beautiful and Wild (from Horizons) 
  • Milwaukee, WI (6/3) - Venice (from Horizons) and Heartless (from KATA) 
  • Chicago, IL (6/4) - Wicked Game (cover-Chris Isaac) 
  • Philadelphia, PA (6/7) -  Wicked Game (cover-Chris Isaac) 
  • Washington DC (6/8) -  Alright With Me (from KATA) (VIP request: Letting You In)
  • Richmond, VA (6/9) - It's Always You (from Horizons) (VIP request: I Remember You)
  • Carrboro, NC (6/10) - Heartless and Red Guitar (both from KATA)
  • Charlotte, NC (6/11) -  Alright With Me (from KATA)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 10, 2016: Londonderry, NH

Screenshot by @KrisAllenLists
April 10, 2016
Tupelo Music Hall
RS Theatre

Londonderry, NH
7:00 PM EDT

Opening Act: Sean McConnell

Show and List Preview:
The Letting You In tour proceeds to the Manchester, New Hampshire area. We are lucky to have some great Kris fans who live near here and always attend and live tweet his shows! The list should be popping. Kris previously played this venue in 2014.

Updated: Kind of a crazy show - dancing on stage and audience duets ensured! Set list, videos and media after the break...
Updated 5/17/2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 9, 2016: Boston, MA

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
April 9, 2016
Red Room at Cafe 939
Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA
7:00 PM EDT

Opening Act: Sean McConnell

Show and List Preview:
Kris returns to the Berklee College of Music in Boston to perform a show for the general public at the school's music showcase club. He has previously worked with the students of the college before.

Updated: Kris did a fantastic job, the venue provided a fantastic livestream, and of course, Boston attendees did a fantastic job with videos! Updated with set list, great photos, and tons of nice videos after the break...
Updated 6/20/2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Letting You In Tour: April 8, 2016: Pawling, NY

Screencap by @KrisAllenLists
April 8, 2016

Daryl's House Club

Pawling, NY
Doors 5:00 PM Eastern
Show 8:00 PM Eastern

Opening Act: Seth Glier

Show and List Preview:
After all the Idol finale festivities, Kris returns to the spring tour with a stop at this famous nightclub owned by Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates. If you have watched the most recent episodes of Daryl Hall's VH1/MTV Live show Live from Daryl's House, you have seen this club! I've long had a dream that Kris would get to be on that show (which is awesome by the way); hopefully, he'll get a chance to make a connection with this show that will make that happen.

Aside from all that, it's guitarist Cale's birthday! Happy birthday to Cale!

Updated: Fantastic show! The highlight was how kind Kris and the band were to two fans from abroad who had traveled for the east coast shows. He played one's request and had them both on stage for the end. Videos, set list and other media after the break...
Updated 5/17/2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 5-7, 2016: American Idol Finale

Thanks @ShouldI45 for the picture of your ticket!
Photo via JustJared

It is the end of an era, as American Idol draws to a close with special episodes April 5, 6 and 7. Of course, it will bring back almost all of its winners and several memorable alumni to help with the celebration, including the 2009 winner of season 8, Kris.

Updated my personal take post-finale: Personally, for many years (probably seasons 1 through 11), American Idol was my favorite TV show and I didn't miss an episode. I actually have purchased a lot of post-Idol music from various contestants - Kris of course, but many others as well. However, Season 12 of Idol (the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey/cut all the talented guys season) was so rough and painful that I began to lose interest. I watched Season 13 very casually but Season 14 drew me back into it since I liked the guy who won it (Nick Fradiani). I also am a big Keith Urban fan, so it helps sometimes that Keith is on there as a judge. I had high hopes that Idol would indulge in some alumni and nostalgia this season, and they have to a degree (including Kris, who helped judge the Little Rock auditions). The finale itself was overall fantastic, and although I might have had the WGWGs sing their own songs and cut Kara Dioguardi so they could have an extra two minutes, I really can't complain.

This post will serve to collect some of the Kris-centric media and stories regarding the finale. (Note, as a blog that seeks to support Kris, I will not post any stories that I deem unflattering or unhelpful in any way. If you are looking for comprehensive Idol finale coverage, I recommend MJs Big Blog. Team Kris is also gathering Kris-related media here.)

Media, Kris-related finale news and all the best finale clips and pics after the break!
Updated 4/11/2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Concert: April 3, 2016: YountvilleLive, Bubbles Brunch, Yountville, CA

Photo by @ChefGrant888


April 3, 2016

Yountville, CA

Noon - 2 PM Pacific

Show and List Preview:
As many of us in the major east coast cities know, Kris was slated to go through our area with the tour this week. However, the mothership, American Idol, called him home for its final shows (Tuesday April 5 through Thursday April 7), and of course, he had to go! The Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia and New York City shows were all rescheduled (New York for April 18 and the other three are in June). So what's a guy to do before returning to his mothership? Hit up Napa of course, and this awesome-sounding multi-day wine, food and music festival, featuring performers Kris is friends with such as Jason Castro, Jillette Johnson and the Goo Goo Dolls. Kris will be playing a champagne brunch on Sunday afternoon, and you can get an a la carte ticket to just his portion of the festival (link above).

Updated: While I spent the day on country roads and I-95 taking a kid back to college and battling our way back home with her winter clothes, you guys enjoyed champagne brunch with Kris via Periscope. Thank you as always to awesome Kris fans who share with the fandom! Media after the break...
Updated 8:15 AM EDT 4/4/2016