We ain’t gonna deny it, we here at SMI love us some Allen Stone. We dig authentic soul music, thoughtful lyrics, a tight groove, and catchy numbers that hit below the waist, only to go straight up to the heart. This, plus the fact that he’s one of the nicest cats in the business makes an Allen Stone show a must-see proposition.
Wednesday night in the heart of Queen Anne, fans lined up around the block outside Easy Street Records to welcome back a brilliant artist who’s making the Seattle music community very proud. A true road warrior, he’s barnstorming across the globe bringing his brand of blue-eyed soul to the masses. He was recently in town to play Capitol Hill Block Party (see link below) only to be on a plane to Delaware early the next morning. Immediately after that, it was up to the Big Apple to perform on Late Night With David Letterman.
Those who caught the (free!) concert were treated to heaping serving of songs from Stone and his dazzling backing band. Jet City Stream’s Marco Collins served as MC. Seattle Supersonic icon Shawn Kemp was also there and took time to pose for photos with fans. After the solid set, Stone stayed for autographs, and didn’t leave until every record was signed.
Stone’s next PNW performance will be a three-night stand at The Gorge, Labor Day weekend, opening for Dave Matthews Band. After that, Stone will head out to Charlotte, North Carolina, to do a show at the Democratic National Convention. (Yet another reason for digging Allen Stone!)