Last year, Kris Allen has toured non-stop and got to tour with artists such as Maroon 5, Keith Urban, and Lifehouse. He had the opportunity to play some amazing venues and events as a new artist, and it is great to see his dreams continue to come true for him. Kris Allen's people did a great job booking him, and I think it may have been well over 100 or maybe close 200 gigs (just my own estimate, not official).
We thought it would be fun to share amongst fans about venues in your area Kris has been to, and where would like him to play at. What's your wishlist!? We touched on this a little bit on the check-in forum (please do check-in here if you haven't yet), but this forum is dedicated to concerts, shows, and events! Maybe you can link to your favorite video, so we can see what it was like :)
He needs to...stop playing at the Nob Hill Masonic; the acoustics there are terrible! The Regency Ballroom was better, but they have weird rules (no Sharpies, wtf).
He should play:
The Independent - http://www.theindependentsf.com/ (Favorite overall!)
Bottom of the Hill - http://www.bottomofthehill.com/ (Pain in the ass location - seriously, no one wants to go all the way out to the streets named after states, man. (But the venue is awesome!))
Slim's - http://www.slimspresents.com/venue_detail/slims/ (Awesome and filthy!)
Great American Music Hall - http://www.slimspresents.com/venue_detail/gamh/ (Okay acoustics, awkward space, smells like pee, lol.)
Yoshi's SF - http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco (Great acoustics, but venue tickets tend to be pricier. Plus, FANCY PANTS.)
Bimbo's 365 - http://www.bimbos365club.com/ (Kitchy! (They have a mermaid behind the bar, okay.))
Fox Theatre Oakland - http://www.thefoxoakland.com/ (Dream venue; best place to see a show that isn't super sticky.)
I have a lot of feelings about live music and my city, okay. :P
The venue sizes vary, though I don't think any of them are as large as the Masonic. To be honest, in my opinion, the Masonic was far too cavernous for Kris's intimate style. Slim's, I think, is the smallest, then maybe Bottom of the Hill? I really like The Independent, because it fits a decent sized group of people, and it's kind of a bar/club setting (mostly standing room). They tend toward local and indie bands, but I've seen bands like Noah and the Whale there, who have a decent following.
The Fox Theatre is by far the largest venue on this list - its amazing, and the acoustics are great. I've seen everyone from Scissor Sisters to Goldfrapp to The Decemberists there.
I think that if Kris is headlining, he could possibly fill a place around the size of Great American Music Hall? (Capacity - 1,200 or so?) I think at this point in his career, The Independent seems more likely - capacity of 500.
Let me know if you have any other questions - I've been to all of these venues at one point or another, I think.
For LA - where I live - there are a TON of places that Kris could play. I would LOVE seeing Kris play at venues like The Viper Room again...because he's so good with the audience and the interaction goes back and forth. I think it would get lost in larger venues, plus, let's be honest, LA is a fickle city and I don't think he'd be able to fill anything larger than 1,500. It's always better to say "SOLD OUT" and have to add an extra show.
Other venues: Troubadour, On the Rox/Roxy, Hotel Cafe, The Mint and the Wiltern.
Random, but I like the name Brick & Mortar lol. He sure did put on a good show in a venue size like The Mint. Cool.
I saw him at Ironstone Vineyards with The Fray and it is a fantastic venue.. He also played in Napa at the vinyards there in a pvt setting through the local radio station(Now Next 100.5) a last fm station. If he does play there I want to go!!!! Saw Crystal Bowersox there with James Blunt and a few others, about 200 people and was incredible...
I wanted to go to that show with The Fray, but logistically it didn't work out for me. It was out doors, right? I think I saw video. Oh and that other place, are you talking about the Live In The Vineyard event back in 2009? I would have loved to have gone to that, but from what I remember, you only could can go if you win from radio station contests and such. A lot of us couldn't make it because Kris was a last minute add, and most people already had won their entry if I'm recall this correctly. So, doesn't hurt if you try to win to go into it now, just in case Kris ends up being booked for it! Plus, Jason Mraz, Mat Kearney, and Mclaughlin will be there.
Ironstone Vineyards wa in Murphys, CA and is an awesome venue, but the Live in the Vineyards show in Napa that I saw with Crystal Bowersox was incredible. It was maybe 200 people tops with catered buffet, free wine and full access to all the bands. That show also had James Blundt. KT Tonglet, and a band called Hedley and was fantastic... I can only imagine Kris would be the ultimate show there. I was real dissapointed in The Fray and left before they were even over. They sounded like one long song being played over and over. You do know the band usually gives tickets away before every show on twitter. I got my Fresno tickets that way. If they do do the Napa show again i'm about 2 hrs away and going to try that route again if I cant win them. It does seem to me as part of his biggest fans on here we could work something out for tickets and meet and greets through here...
Live at the Vineyards April 13th in Napa CA I'll donate 500 dollars to anyones favorite charity for 2 tickets to the show..... Would be willing to go to 1000