Is this love?

6 04 2012

Last night I went to see one of the greatest musical performances I have ever seen. My brother brought me my mum and aunt tickets to see Allen Stone at the Jazz Cafe in Camden. I had listened to Allen’s music and found it beautiful but I had no idea I would be quite so blown away. We arrived to see the support band ZZWard who were great. The band were really tight and the huge smile that never left the drummers face was an early indication that this would be something special. The lead singers vocals were powerful but the real highlight was when she whipped out a harmonica. I felt proud, as a woman to see her up there with such a great band, kicking ass.

On to the main event. Allen Stone and his 5 piece band. My brother and I were standing close to some Americans, one of whom was from Seattle, like Allen. They, like us, could not contain their excitement at being able to be there. Allen came on and played songs from his self titled album. I was blown away by how incredible and effortless his vocals were. To me it seemed that he was just so full of love and he could not contain it. His whole body shook with excitement and the voice that came out made the crowd gasp. We were his, completely. There were moments when he would hit a note and no one really knew how to react and just when you thought it was good it got better. The band all shared knowing glances, they are part of something magical and it is obvious that they are all just doing what they love. The drummer was absolutely beautiful. When they came on one of the american guys turned to me and said ‘70% sure he’ll take his top off’ he did. Every woman, young and old, came over all giggley. After the show I asked him to give my aunt a hug… totally worth it for the huge smile on her face! The highlights of the show were Allen’s cover of ‘is this love?’ by Bob Marley. It brought a tear to my eye. I also loved it when the bass player and piano player harmonised with him. It was so beautiful and unexpected. ‘Sleep’ was fantastic… I think the fact that the crowd screamed ‘WE WANT MORE ALLEN STONE!’ as soon as he left the stage (and promptly returned for an encore) says it all.

So I challenge you to go and see Allen Stone and not be moved… this is music that speaks directly to the heart and we all have one of those.

 

Allen Stone.. doing what he does.