Lookin’ Good, Lady A!

By Paula Kunatee

After a two year hiatus and a handful of personal projects, Charles Kelley, Hilary Scott and Dave Haywood have reunited to bring us their new album, Heartbreak. Along with it is a single and tour entitled, “You Look Good.” Teaming up with them on road are two singers who hold their own, Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini.

As the founder of the clothing brand Caliville, Young took a chance on himself after the door closed on his baseball career. Lucky for us, Young has a voice to share, and a melody to accompany it! While fans started to make their way to their seats, Young didn’t hesitate to swoon the early birds! Singing his latest singles, “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You.”

Tennessee native, Ballerini kicked off her set with her first three singles on country radio. The almost 24 year old, teased us with tracks from her upcoming sophomore album, Legends and the self titled track, Unapologetically. If the rest of the album was as good as the ones we heard that night (and for the rest of the tour), we are all in for a treat!

The recharged Lady Antebellum took the stage in a theatrical jazz “battle”. The trio appeared in their own light boxes. Lady A began the night with their single, Downtown, Our Kind of Love, and other songs from earlier in their career to remind us of when we all first fell in love with their unique vocal dynamic. Kelley took a second to pay homage to the late Gary Allman. Fulfilling a promise he made that night to Allman Brother’s manager, Bert Holman, Kelley covered Allman Brother’s “Midnight Rider” and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! As the night continued, Lady A brought out a few special guests to help them pull off some covers.

With the help of Brett Young the boys of Lady A sang their rendition of Tim McGraw’s 90’s hit, “Something Like That.” Then the girls brought the fire! Hilary Scott and Kelsea Ballerini teamed up in matching denim jackets and dark outfits and swinging hips to their cover of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. But most of the concert goers at PNC Banks Art Center that night seemed to be most surprised when Kevin Jonas from the Jonas Brothers, took stage riffing his guitar alongside with Haywood!

Even though the You Look Good tour is half way through, make sure you don’t miss a stop near you! If the New Jersey show any indication, there’s more surprises to come!

Z100’s Summer Bash is a Smash

By Paula Araujo

On Thursday July 28, fans gathered and shut down a block next to Madison Square Garden for Z100 New York’s annual Summer Bash. This year the line up featured Hey Violet, MAX, and Fall Out Boy.

Getting things started that evening was Hey Violet! They treated fans to songs like, “Hoodie” and “Guys My Age” off their latest album From The Outside. They also covered Ed Sheeran’s, “Shape Of You.”  Following their performance was New York’s very own Max. He hyped up the crowd with his vibrant and energetic performance. He played recent singles such as “One More Weekend” and “Lights Down Low.”

Closing out the night was Fall Out Boy decked out in their purple gear in honor of their new album M A N I A. Another special treat for everyone was the Empire State Building lit up in purple in their honor. Fall Out Boy treated the crowd to fan favorites such as, “Uma Thurman,” “My Songs Know What You Did The Dark”, and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” plus their latest single “Champion” from their upcoming record out this September.

It was an incredible evening and Z100 definitely knows how to throw a summer bash!

​Crown The Empire and Friends Crush it at Their NJ Tour Date

By Rachel Meyers

Crown The Empire brought their tour through GameChangerWorld in Freehold, NJ on July 19, 2017. Accompanied by Out Came The Wolves, Palaye Royale, and I See Stars, these bandspacked the venue with fans of all ages (including a crowd surfing 8 year old!).

The night started out strong with the Minneapolis rockers, Out Came The Wolves. Led by vocalist Cameron Burns, the band got the crowd moving and rocking out! The music was flawless and although Cameron took a bit of a fall towards the end of their set, he rallied like a champ and finished out their set stronger than ever.

Following the outstanding openers were 2017 APMA nominees for Best Underground Band, Palaye Royale. This fashion-art rock band came on stage with truly unique style and kept the crowd involved as they performed their own music, as well as a cover of Teenagers by My Chemical Romance. Throughout their entire performance, Palaye Royale interacted with the audience, climbing over the barrier and leaning into the crowd, as well as vocalist Remington Leith completely entering the crowd for a verse of an original song.

I See Stars continued the night with their Electronic Hardcore music, beloved and well known by the vast majority of the crowd. While many fans wore I See Stars apparel, others moshed and crowd surfed to the band’s music, the first crowd surfer of the night being an 8 year old girl. This popular band incorporated their synth with their otherwise hardcore sound perfectly, making no mistakes throughout their performance.

Lastly, closing out the night were headliners Crown The Empire. Vocalist Andy Leo took the stage with unbelievable energy and kept that stage presence up throughout his entire performance. The crowd sang along, screamed, moshed and crowd surfed from the beginning to the end of Crown The Empire’s set. These Dallas, Texas natives played their new songs throughout their hour on stage, as well as including some of their previous hits. By the time this set was over, every single person was drenched in sweat and many had lost their voices.

It was a rowdy night overall, and a very fun one. Each band left their mark on the crowd and kept the fans moving. This was only the third date of their tour, so there is still plenty of time to catch them as these bands pass through your area! Find tour dates and tickets here.