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Soul Singer Allen Stone Announces Seattle Concert

22 Nov

Tickets will sell out, get em now

Seattle's Allen Stone stole the show at CityArts Fest 2011

 If this was the Marvin Gaye days, ladies, we’d have thrown our panties on the stage…yes, he’s that good.
 
Rating | Crazy-Sexy-Cool
Revealed | A new soul experience with an old school sound
Reminds me of | The feeling I get from The Sing-Off or this epic cover of James Brown’s It’s a Man’s World
 

An on-air, in-studio performance on Seattle’s KUOW radio was more than enough inspiration to harness my inner stalker researcher and dig up info about an unfamiliar voice that soothed my ears and went straight to my soul. His name was Allen Stone. When I didn’t find future tour dates listed online, I went to the next best resource – Facebook.

“Hey Allen, just heard you on NPR. You’re dope. When’s your next show?!?” and whaddya know, he wrote me back. “I’m performing at CityArts…” I hate love social media sometimes. Sometimes.

My plan was to get tickets as soon as they went on sale. As usual, life and that pesky thing called work got in the way. With a week or two left until the show, I was making a stop at the Triple Door to go buy tickets – only to have my dreams crushed by a tweet “@SeattleRevealed Yup, sorry. The rumor is true, tickets are  sold out.” F! I spent about 5 minutes being depressed and then went into beast mode. Skipping all the meticulous details, I learned that he was doing an impromptu show at Far4, singing in a Stevie Wonder Tribute and performing as the musical guest on King5’s New Day Northwest. I struck out with the first two but you betta believe I was in the front row for New Day Northwest with my biggest groupie grin #1fan level of enthusiasm.

This young brotha, a mere 24 years old, had the entire audience enthralled by his performance. The Gen-Yers in the audience by far weren’t the only ones ready for an encore. In fact, almost as much as he impressed Conan O’Brien, he wow-ed a 70 year old couple who told him after the show that “they know music and [he] was really good.”

So, bummed as I was that Allen’s CityArts Fest Thursday performance was sold out, I was pretty damn happy about my up-close and personal in-studio performance. Icing on the cake? The Friday night headliner for CityArts Fest bailed (wah) and Allen came in and saved the day. He filled the main floor and most of the second floor at Nuemos – with ~6 hours’ notice. I even had enough time to cancel shift my dinner plans and bring my crew. The show was everything a show should be, energizing, soul-touching and thought-provoking. In a word: dope. In lieu of panty throwing, we waved our arms, jumped up and down and screamed for an encore. Don’t let the granny sweater and the Shaun White hair fool ya, Allen Stone has a captivating voice that will stop you in your tracks and subsequently give you chills.

Clearly, my friends and I had a fabulous time and quite frankly we got lucky that there was less than one day notice about the Friday show because I have no doubt the tickets would have sold out. I’m sharing this long-winded story to convey that HIS JANUARY SHOW WILL SELL OUT, he announced it last week and last I checked the tickets we half gone. He’s the real deal…if you don’t wanna take my word for it, perhaps The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, okayplayer, MTV, The Washington Post, and CNN have some insights you’d find valuable.

Remarkably still unsigned, Allen has been compared to vocal stylings of  Stevie Wonder, the sultry falsetto of a pre-“Evolution” Robin Thicke, and the southern soul of Anthony Hamilton (a personal favorite of mine). Here are my favorites song so far, enjoy!

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