Allen Stone’s fall 2014 headlining tour started at the House of Blues in San Diego, California last Tuesday night. The first act to hit the stage was the five-piece band known as Bonavox from Los Angeles. The members came together at the Los Angeles College of Music and are now creating music with a sound similar to Coldplay while also adding some jazz sounds to bring it all together. Seeing Bonavox live was an experience in and of itself because I was able to see the passion the put into their music. Swedish lead singer, Sandro Cavazza couldn’t express enough how grateful he was to be on stage opening for an artist as talented as Allen Stone.
Next to the stage was another five-piece group from Boston, Massachusetts known as Bad Rabbits. Known for their one of a kind sound they bring together genres like: rock, soul and R&B to create music that makes the whole crowd want to dance. With songs like, ”Fall in Love” and “Can’t Fool Me,” lead singer Fredua Boakye shows off his insane vocal range that you can’t help notice. With their synchronized dance moves and powerful energy, Bad Rabbits are set to have a fun and hopefully successful 2015.
Allen Stone then came to the stage and he was on fire. His vocals, from the second he started singing were on point as expected. Saying this man can sing is a huge understatement. I’ve yet to find something about Allen Stone that I don’t like. Everything from the music, to his “modern hippie” style, to his energy and overall happiness when he is on stage adds to him as an outstanding artist. His new EP, The Radius Preview can be described as a cliffhanger in that it leaves everyone wanting more. Stone played a song that isn’t featured on the EP but will be on the album called Voodoo which has what it takes to be a hit in my mind. Another impressive move he made was covering the smash hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye. Stone added energy and funk to the song which didn’t seem possible and without a doubt exceeded the original song. The bottom line is that if Allen Stone is coming to a town near you, get tickets and be prepared for some exceptional music.