Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We Need a Little Krismas! All the Kris Allen 2016 Mall Christmas Concerts Info Here!

Photo of Kris Allen via Pop Dirt
I thought I'd do a single post now to list all the Christmas mall appearances from Kris Allen coming our way. Besides the Comfort and Joy tour supporting Jim Brickman, he'll be doing some tree lightings and mall appearances solo! (I'm so happy one of those is in my area so you know you'll get great coverage on that one!) (Updated 11/04/2016)

So, here's where you can go see Kris sing Christmas tunes live this November at your local mall! The mall appearances also all have contests going on to meet Kris which require you to follow the mall on IG and Facebook, so I've included handy links to do that. Pro Tip: Having previously won an IG contest from the NoVa mall on this list, I will tell you it's very important to follow contest directions exactly.

Also, please be sure to let me know @KrisAllenLists on Twitter if you will be going to a show. It's very much appreciated by me when you do that! I will update this post with additional information and dates should they become available.

November 4:  Christmas Album Release Day! Somethin' About Christmas (Kris' new Christmas album) will be released! Check out my special separate post for the album release. In the meantime, find information on Jim's Christmas single A Little Bit of Christmas, featuring Kris on vocals, here!

November 5, Thousand Oaks, CA:  6 PM PDT Concert at Center Court, The Oaks Mall in greater Los Angeles. Free! The mall ran an IG and Facebook contest for VIP Meet and Greet between October 25 and 28 - hope you entered! Click here for official rules in PDF format.

November 6, Fresno, CA: 6 PM PST Concert at Fresno Fashion Fair Mall outside Sephora!  Free! The mall ran an IG and Facebook contest for VIP Meet and Greet between October 25 and 28 - hope you entered. Click here for official rules in PDF format.

November 10, Rosemont, IL (Chicago): 7:30 PM Concert at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, IL. Free! The mall will run an IG and Facebook contest for VIP Meet and Greet between October 31 and November 3 - be sure to follow their accounts then to enter. Click here for official rules in PDF format.

November 12, Danbury, CT: 4 PM Concert at Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury CT. Free! The mall will run an IG and Facebook contest for VIP Meet and Greet between November 1 and November 4 - be sure to follow their accounts then to enter. Click here for official rules in PDF format.

November 13, Freehold, NJ: 5 PM Concert at Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold, NJ. Free! The mall will run an IG and Facebook contest for VIP Meet and Greet between November 1 and November 4 - be sure to follow their accounts then to enter. Click here for official rules in PDF format.

November 18, McLean, VA (DC area): 6 PM Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Tysons Corner Center on the Plaza where they have all the events. Free! This is the one I'm going to and if you are in the DC area, this is super-convenient, as the Silver Line Tysons Corner stop will let you off right onto the Plaza. This one is sponsored by DC's #1 holiday radio station, WASH-FM, and the mall will run its VIP Meet and Greet contest between November 11 and 14, so follow these accounts: Facebook | Instagram. Click here for the contest rules in PDF format.

Merry Krismas! Good Luck on the VIP contests!

College Show: October 28, 2016: Allen & Baber Back at Home, Univ. of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Allen & Baber Back at Home
October 28, 2016

University of Central Arkansas
Reynolds Performance Hall
Conway, AR
7:30 PM CDT
Opening Acts: Matthew Huff, Adam Hambrick and Hannah Blaylock

Kris, Barrett Baber (a country musician who got 3rd place on The Voice; he joined Kris and Luke Wade in Bentonville to cover Purple Rain earlier this year), Adam Hambrick (who is an excellent musician himself and co-wrote It's Always You; I highly recommend you click my link for him and check out his mixtape July), Hannah Blaylock (an old friend of Kris who sang on Cale's demos and with the band Eden's Edge), and Matthew Huff (an indie country musician) all attended the University of Central Arkansas and are joining forces for this acoustic concert at their former school. I'm really hoping for some good collabs with Kris, Hannah and Adam from this show. This one should be good as our friend @ArtistSupporter will be in attendance!

Updated: What a great show. All of them were in great voice and we got not one but two streams so we could enjoy along with the audience! Plus two premieres - one group song cover and a new Christmas song!  The #gavegoodlist award is yours, Conway! Set list and media (including Papa Allen's and @ArtistSupporter's videos) after the break...
UPDATED 11/07/2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

New Christmas Song! A Little Bit of Christmas is Here! Album News!

Artwork for A Little Bit of Christmas

Exciting news this AM! Jim Brickman and Kris have put out a Christmas 2016 single for radio play called A Little Bit of Christmas. For those wondering, Kris is the vocalist on the song and it is terrific! It's an inspirational song for these crazy times. Be sure to buy it, but also important, make sure you stream it on Jim or Kris' official sites when/if it gets posted!

The song is available on iTunes, Google Play , Amazon and Spotify.

Make sure to catch Kris and Jim on tour this winter with the Comfort and Joy Tour! And according to this People article, Kris' new Christmas album Somethin' About Christmas will be released on November 4!

Charity Event: October 24, 2016: Musician's Corner Paul Simon Tribute Concert, Nashville, TN

Still Crazy After All These Years:
Paul Simon, a 75th Birthday Tribute Concert
October 24, 2016

City Winery
Nashville, TN
Doors 6 PM CDT
Show 8 PM CDT

Preview:Singer-songwriter Paul Simon is turning 75 this month, and to honor him and raise funds for Musician's Corner, several Nashville artists (including Kris) are holding this tribute concert. While I was wondering if Kris would go with Mrs. Robinson (which he's covered before) or with his own song Young Love, or as I call it (and he called it for 2 1/2 years, "Paul Simon" because it seemed like a Paul Simon-type song), one of the other participants spilled the beans and revealed Kris will perform Still Crazy After All These Years (hattip @tmg84). I'm more of a 70s Paul Simon girl, so I'm pleased, and Paul Simon is a big influence for Kris so I'm sure he will do it justice.

Updated after the show: You really can't go too wrong with Paul Simon and I heard nothing but great stuff on all the IG videos the list posted. Our girl Ameeliu has posted a full video of Kris covering Still Crazy After All These Years (embedded below).
UPDATED 10/26/2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Private Event: October 14, 2016: NACA Mid-Atlantic Showcase, Buffalo, NY

Fantastic pic by @ACMStudentLife (Allegany College in MD)
Apologies! I was roadtripping in the actualfax Mid-Atlantic to pick up my own college kid yesterday and completely spaced out on the fact Kris was doing the Mid-Atlantic showcase for the National Association of Campus Activities, Mid-Atlantic Regional conference. (By the way, Letting You In makes for fantastic road-tripping music, just saying!)

From the pictures I've seen, looked like it went great! I'll add anything related to this event to this post. (Updated 10/18/2016)

Set List! (Thank you @p_eleph and Elmira College Campus Activities Board)
  1. Love Will Find You
  2. Faster Shoes
  3. Live Like You're Dying
Photo by Kristy (@kcosta25 on Instagram)
Photo by @SVC_APB (St Vincent College, PA)

(Photo by @Devon_Dyer)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

College Show: October 15, 2016: Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Poster by Muhlenberg Activities Council
October 15, 2016
Seegers Union
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA

Show and List Preview:
Kris is back on the college show circuit playing a gig at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Updated: Seems like they enjoyed the show. I will post media as it pops up after the break.
UPDATED 10/16/2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Festival: October 9, 2016: Moon River Festival, Memphis, TN

Photo via Moon River Festival on IG (@moonriverfestival)
Moon River Festival
 October 7, 8 and 9th
Leavitt Shell
Memphis, TN
Kris' set 3:45 PM Central
October 9, 2016
All ages

Show and List Preview:
Kris joins a three-day festival with a spectacular line-up. Oh, I do wish this had been scheduled in the DC area! Seriously, it's a fantastic line-up of indie pop, folk, americana and country singer-songwriters, and if you are able to get to Memphis, you should go. Be sure to use the hashtag #moonriverfest on social media if you do go.

Updated 4/6/2017: Looks like it was a great crowd and a beautiful day in Memphis. Set list and media after the break, plus a fantastic recap video of the event set in part to Move by Kris...