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Kris Allen comes to Sacramento

American Idol winner Kris Allen came to Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 13, for a concert performance as part of the Out Alive tour to promote his sophomore album, “Thank You Camellia.” The tour gets its name from the title of the fourth track on the album. His stop in Sacramento was one out of eight stops in California. His previous stops on the West Coast also included one at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.

The season eight champion and his band performed at the Sacramento City College Performance Arts Center, for an intimate audience of about 200 people, curious newcomers as well as longtime fans, including one woman who confessed it was the 30th time she’d seen Allen perform live. Tweens, older couples, groups of college students, families and lovers all came out for an early Valentine’s celebration.

Folks began lining up before 6 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Some VIP members were treated to a meet-and-greet. Allen’s opening act was songstress Jillette Johnson. She performed several songs on the piano, including a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” She joined Allen onstage for the duet “Loves Me Not,” and took pictures with fans in the lobby after the concert.

After the opening act, Allen and his band came on stage and jumped right into the song “Out Alive.” Then they performed the first song from “Thank You Camellia,” the crowd pleaser “Better With You.” From his debut album, Allen performed “Alright With Me” and “Before We Come Undone.” Afterward, Allen performed a mashup of George Michael’s “Faith” and Fun’s songs “We Are Young” and “Some Nights.”

Back in January, Allen was in a car accident with his pregnant wife, Katy, and their dog Zorro. Due to the accident, Allen suffered a broken wrist and was unable to play guitar for a while. However, for his Sacramento concert, Allen took to his guitar to play a fan-requested cover of Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me.” “I have to be a different person,” he said, as he donned some sunglasses to play the Justin Bieber hit.

Before playing a new song for the audience, Allen admitted his mind was already off his second album and onto the third one. But from his sophomore album he also performed the ominous “Monster.” The crowd fell completely silent after Allen finished singing “Leave You Alone,” until a girl uttered, “Wow.” For the lively “Rooftops,” Allen took the mic off the stand and danced across the stage. He changed the chorus of the song, “Shout it from the rooftops all over the world,” into “Shout it from the rooftops all over Sacramento.” The song included solos from each of the three band members. Asking the audience to stand up and approach the stage, Allen closed the show with his hit song, “Live While We’re Dying.”

After Allen left the stage, the room erupted in chants of “Encore!” He returned to perform three more songs, including “Shut That Door” and the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” but not before pleading with the audience to support the World Vision children’s charity. Allen traveled to Kenya last year as an ambassador for the organization. For more information on the organization, visit www.worldvision.org.

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