At the end of March Dalton Rapattoni came back to Connecticut this time with his “Acoustic Attempt Tour” which was just him and his guitar – and that was it. No opener, nothing. The show had doors at 5pm, Dalton was on stage by 5:30 and a little after 6 he was told he only had 10 minutes left! He did a decently sized set considering the time constraints – some of the songs performed being contenders for his upcoming album. He chitchatted a bit throughout the set and mentioned how he does that to distract us from the fact that he is tuning his guitar! After the show I had a M&G and told him I enjoyed this set better than his last and he teased that he was going to let the band know! I explained that the band was awesome last time and I loved them, but there is just something more intimate when it is just him and his guitar. I was one of the last ones for the M&G and was in my car by 7pm. I kind of love shows that end that early – I’m getting too old for all the late nights 😉
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Sunday March 5th, Lauren Alaina made her way to the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun casino. She had previously been scheduled to perform but had to cancel, so I was glad that she had chosen a make up date and I was able to attend (the first date I wasn’t able to because I already had a commitment). In addition to her performance, she would be signing copies of her CD “Road Less Traveled” after the show.
Sunday night Wolf’s Den shows begin at 7pm instead of the usual 8pm. When Lauren first came out on the stage, her mic was not working. She ended up trying her band members mic – still nothing. Then she walked across to the other mic. Still nothing. She shrugged, she joked around with the crowd in the front, she tapped the mic and waited for something to happen – taking it all in stride. Then the Wolf Den made an announcement to stand by and they’d get everything fixed. The band left the stage, mics were I assumed fixed and we started the show again – Lauren this time ran out and yelled “IS THIS THING ON?” to a roar of cheers and applause from the crowd.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Lauren on Idol, though her season is arguably my most favorite season of the show. I’m not much of a country fan so I went into the show not really sure what to expect but I ended up having a BLAST. Lauren puts on a great show, she’s funny and seems super down to earth. For her 3rd song she said she was going to bring a guy on stage because she always picks out her “Next Boyfriend” from the crowd. She said there was one guy up front singing every word so she picked him – but someone else told her that he brought her flowers so she brought TWO Next Boyfriends on stage to dance with her. After having one say his name and having us all say “Hi Brandon!” She had the other guy introduce himself and he was Brandon too! (two?) And as it turned out – one of her guitarists is also named Brandon. “Too many Brandons!” she announced and had the guys dance with her – even getting them to whip and nae nae.
She changed before coming out for her encore of “Road Less Traveled” her current single that has made it on to the Billboard Charts! We slipped out early to jump in line for the signing and made it near the front of the line. She came out about 45 minutes after the show had ended to quite a line. We were able to get through quickly and say hello and get our CD signed and even had time to check out one of Mohegan’s newer restaurants before heading home.
Lauren is currently on tour as an opening act, but if you get the chance to see her, take it! I don’t think you will find yourself disappointed.
Headliner: Kris Allen & Adam Lambert
Venue: The Today Show
Cost: $ 0
Thursday night TIC’s All Star Christmas moved from The Oakdale Theater (currently booked with the touring production of WICKED) to the Mohegan Sun Arena. This allowed for them to get some bigger names for the show and the acts were supposed to be Lindsey Stirling, James Bay, One Republic and Meghan Trainor. However, Thursday morning it was announced that Meghan had been put on vocal rest through the rest of the year and she’d have to cancel all her shows. (Meghan had previously canceled a tour last year due to vocal issues and underwent surgery.) TIC announced that refunds would be available if you no longer wanted to attend and that they would be adding Nick Fradiani to the bill.
While I was excited to see Nick over Meghan (I wasn’t all that interested in seeing her to begin with) as far as it being an equal trade off on a bill I paid $90 to see – that’s debatable. As far as it being someone I’d much rather see, that was awesome. One Republic got bumped to headliner and I assume they ended up doing a bit longer set than they would have.
Nick opened the show at 7pm and did several tracks off his debut album, Hurricane. He also did a remixed version’s Meghan’s All About That Bass. He only knew the chorus so he frestyled the rest about being back home in Connecticut. He also did a brand new song that he had just written a couple of weeks ago which according to his twitter is called “We Live Forever”
Next up was Lindsey Stirling and boy oh boy did I wish I strapped my step counter to that girl before she hit the stage. If you’re not familiar with her she plays violin. Which some may find boring but when it is Lindsey, it is not. She is all around the stage dancing as she plays and is very, very impressive. She even got a standing ovation once her set was over! I think we were all exhausted from just watching her.
James Bay was the next performer and the one I was most interested in seeing. He was really, really high energy. And has the cutest accent! He called for fans to stand and clap along, although he wanted us to try and clap for a whole song and I just couldn’t do it, though I did try. (Confession: I was hoping clapping would trigger my step counter so I could finish the race I’ve been working on since June. shhh. It kind of worked.) He had everyone sing along for “Let It Go” which sounded so awesome!
One Republic seemed to take forever and a day to take the stage after it was set up. I thought at first maybe they weren’t actually in the building yet (although technically their on stage time would have been earlier if Meghan didn’t cancel so that didn’t really make sense) but Ryan Tedder commented on hearing us all singing “Let It Go” from side stage – so he was there at least for some of James’ set! The women in front of me got fed up and left saying “This is stupid!” on their way out and when the track played over the speakers stopped for a second and then went into another song, people started yelling “Cmon already!” Then when they did try to turn out the house lights, they turned them up all the way for a split second instead!
This was my 3rd time seeing One Republic although for the life of me before the show I could only remember seeing them at Mixtape Festival in 2013 with Hanson. Turns out they were also at one of the Christmas shows back in 2012 when I did 3 back-to-back-to-back. They are all kind of a blur so I can see how I lost track.
One Republic did a 10 song set and I knew pretty much all of the songs but 1 that was a newer one for a movie? I also didn’t realize that they had been having singles on the radio since 2008 – so it makes sense that there were so many I was familiar with. I remember when their first song came out and it was Timbaland featuring One Republic but Timbaland was just doing his patented “aaa oo ooo” on the track.
One Republic’s set was also high energy with Ryan jumping on a piano at one point. Like Nick, he spoke a bit about Meghan and how the vocal issues could lead to permanent damage and he hoped she had a speedy recovery and then had us do a call and response – my name is NO my sign is NO my number is NO…
Something I learned during One Republic’s set was that Ryan has family in the nearby town of Mystic and he used to spend a lot of summers there growing up! He thought he might have had cousins in the audience and girls 2 rows in front of me flipped out so I guess they were cousins or knew of his cousins?
Overall it was a great night although the show did go a bit later than I was hoping, leading me to not get home til 12:30am. Not usually the case when the show is at the much closer Oakdale Theater. We’ll have to see what next Christmas has in store, but at least it didn’t snow!
Somethin’ About Christmas Morning (feat. Gabe Dixon)
Just Like Snow
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Jingle Bells feat. Caroline Glaser
Peace and Happiness
Here Comes Santa Claus
Winter Wonderland (feat. Jillian Edwards)
Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus
Baby, Won’t You Wait Until the New Year
Just a couple of weeks ago, Kris Allen released his “Somethin’ About Christmas” CD which is available either digitally or a physical copy through his website. If you purchase a physica CD you’ll also be able to download and listen to it immediately which is pretty cool. I had mentioned when I went to see Kris that the CD came out and he did a few songs off of it. There is a pretty great mix here of new Kris songs and some classic favorites as well. I have to say that “Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus” has been stuck in my head almost constantly since I went to see him! It’s just such a funny song, from the perspective of a little kid asking his Mommy how they can see Santa everywhere they go – even if she does say he’s magic it just doesn’t make sense. I also love that the cover of the album is an old Christmas photo of Kris and his brother. Although I have tons and tons of Christmas music and most of it doesn’t get listened to during the holiday season, I know that this album will be on heavy rotation for this holiday season and many to come. (Even with Hanson’s coming out next year!) If you love Kris and you love Christmas (Or Kristmas?) you should definitely check out this CD and I do not think you will be disappointed.
Friday October 28th Carrie Underwood brought her Storyteller tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena. The show was “in the round” and the stage took up almost the entire arena floor, with 3 different circles – one in the center and one on either end.
Opening for the show was the Swon Brothers who walked out to the stage through the opening right next to our seats! We had hoped Carrie would do the same, but only the openers. Carrie and her band and crew had a tunnel set up on the other side of the circle near us to get to the stage area.
I had never seen The Swon Brothers before and I had never watched their season of The Voice either, but i enjoyed them. The only bummer was that since they were the opener they kind of stayed in one spot on the stage – which happened to be with their backs to us.
Easton Corbin was up next and while he hung out mainly in the center circle, it was spinning around the whole time of his set so that was pretty cool! He walked a bit to the outer circles as well.;
Then it was time for Carrie! It seemed as though everyone loved the circle farthest from us the most, and Carrie was no exception, but she did come to our end of the stage a few times. It was also my first big arena show with the new camera so I was playing around with all the settings and I think I had found a winner! (Which was perfect timing with my leaving for 9 Hanson concerts the next morning!)
Carrie’s stage had a lot of fun tricks with the stage raising, lowering, spinning, etc. which is always so much fun to see! She changed outfits several times as well.
Kris Allen recently released a new Christmas album and has been doing some shows to help promote it. Saturday he came to the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT. The set was a mixture of Christmas and non Christmas songs since he was going to be playing for an hour and didn’t want to play only Christmas music the whole time. He did a mix of songs off the new Christmas album as well as songs off of his previous albums. He did a mashup of one of my favorites, “Monsters” with “Hit the Road Jack” which I had not heard him do before that was a lot of fun. Two of the original Christmas songs that he performed I thought were hilarious and absolutely loved – Baby Won’t You Wait Until the New Year about having your boyfriend or girlfriend waiting until after Christmas to break up with you so the holidays won’t always remind you of the break up and Mommy, Is there More than Just One Santa Claus written from the perspective of a curious child who seems to see Santa everywhere during the holiday season and wonders if there must be more than one of him. He forgot the words – on 2 of the verses – during Alright With Me which was pretty funny. A few fans helped him out and got him back on track 🙂 Since this was at a mall, there was a video game store on the floor above where the show was happening and Mario (from Mario Bros.) was hanging out there and watching the soundcheck when I got there. He mustve also watched part of the set because Kris asked if he was seeing things or if Mario was at his show lol
Kris played for about an hour, met up with VIP M&G winners (which somehow I didn’t manage to win!) and then he came back to sign for the non VIP winners. It was so nice to see him again! (Especially so close to home!)
Headliner: Blake Lewis
Venue: Mohegan Sun
Headliner: American Idols
Opener(s): Chikiezie, Ramile Maluby, Brooke White, Jason Castro, Michael Johns, Kristy Lee Cook, Carly Smithson, Syesha Mercado, David Archuleta, David Cook
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard