Allen Stone’s Joy At Arroyo Seco Weekend Was Undeniable Review+Photos: Allen Stone @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/24/18
“… I’ve been following Allen Stone for a while. Ever since I saw/heard his acoustic performance of “Another Break Up Song” on Park City Television in 2011, I was hooked (and I still haven’t found a physical or digital copy of that track to purchase, which is driving me nuts). “A hippie with soul,” his original compositions evoke the kinds of classic soul sonics and emotions from days gone by with a modern twist.
His performance at Arroyo Seco Weekend would be the fourth time I’ve seen him in concert, and all I can say is that each time is a spiritual experience. Perhaps it’s his past growing up in a religious family (his father was pastor), but each time I see him perform I can hear and feel his soul in every note that he sings. He admirably worked the crowd to feel the joy in music by exchanging playful some playful banter that elicited cheers of support. “I’m so pale I glow in the dark, hopefully by the end of this set I find a way to your heart.”
His set consisted of a solid mix of new and old songs, including his popular cuts “Upside”, “Unaware” and “Contact High”. In a clearly unplanned moment of his performance, the middle seam down the back of his slacks split during some inspired dancing. “I like to move my hips. They act like I don’t know who owns them,” he smiled. He performed a handful of new songs that he has planned for his forthcoming album including “Brown Eyed Lover” rounded out his performance with a bonus track from his 2016 album Radius; “Voodoo”. His performance had an infectious energy that was undeniable, was a definitely the perfect kick off for the rest of the day.
“Thank you for letting me be myself, Pasadena,” he humbly smiled. Any time, Allen …”