Andrew Allen’s newest recording “Favourite Christmas Song” made me think of other memorable Christmas songs.
Every year music artists put out new Christmas tracks hoping to find that magical combination to produce a hit that strikes a cord for years to come. For every “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, there’s a “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk On Christmas)”
Which modern tune is your favourite Christmas song?
Here’s a few Christmas songs written and recorded since the 80s to give you a starting place.
01.25 – EXIT IN in Nashville, TN 01.29 – CAPITOL THEATRE in Clearwater, FL 01.31 – THE SOCIAL in Orlando, FL 02.01 – FREE BIRD CAFE in Jacksonville Beach, FL 02.03 – GREENE ST. in Greensboro, NC 02.04 – THE RECHER THEATRE in Towson, MD 02.07 – PEARL STREET BALLROOM in Northampton, MA 02.08 – THE NOTE in West Chester, PA 02.14 – GROG SHOP in Cleveland Heights, OH 02.19 – MR. SMALL’S THEATRE in Pittsburgh, PA 02.20 – CLUB @ WATER ST. HALL in Rochester, NY 02.22 – HIGHLINE BALLROOM in New York, NY 02.29 – MUSICA in Akron, OH 03.01 – BLIND PIG in Ann Arbor, MI 03.02 – SUBTERRANEAN in Chicago, IL 03.04 – BLUEBIRD THEATRE in Denver, CO 03.06 – THE COMPLEX in Salt Lake City, UT
I can say from experience, Andrew is a ‘must see’ live so if he’s stopping in your town, go see the show! Until he gets to town you can check out his acoustic cover of Dia Frampton’s “The Broken Ones”
BC singer-songwriter Andrew Allen’s warm and enthusiastic personality really shone through as put in his best effort for an audience of family and friends at The Media Club in downtown Vancouver. What would normally have been a fun and easy concert became a challenge as Andrew developed a sore, raspy voice on the day of the show. Coming to the stage sounding hoarse but full of excitement to perform, he stated that he didn’t want to cancel this show. I’m sure it being packed with relatives helped give him that extra boost of energy to get through it. His voice impediment prevented him from hitting a his notes so rather than crack he altered the tune in some songs but for the most part he relied on the audience to ‘fill in the blanks’, they eagerly took up the challenge and sang along. This actually added to the usual great energy of an Andrew Allen show, bringing the audience into the show even more. Even at half-voice he still sounded great and his light and lively pop songs are welcoming and familiar even if it’s the first time you’re hearing it. A mid-set medley of former tour-mate Bruno Mars’ songs was a unexpected and well executed bonus to an already enjoyable show. Also being able to hear a rare live duet with opening act Carly Rae Jepsen was a definite treat to cap off the evening. As with many of his shows, Andrew spent a length of time after the set meeting and greeting the fans, truly a genuinely nice guy.
Wrapping up a successful 101st edition of the Pacific National Exhibition, with a double-bill of BC acts, Andrew Allen and Hey Ocean! seemed a great way to bring the Fair to a close. Starting off the night, a standing room only crowd packed the main stage to hear BC native, Andrew Allen. Fresh off a months long tour around North America, Andrew came ‘home’ to play his effervescent pop-rock keeping the audience singing and dancing as darkness fell on The Fair. Months of being on the road certainly hasn’t tired the performer as his boundless, good-natured energy filled the stage. Being on the road with his 3 piece touring band has certainly made them a tight group too, sounding perfect throughout the 45 minute set, which included hits “Not Loving You”, “Amazing” and “Loving You Tonight”. Andrew’s affable stage banter always draws the crowd into his shows and makes everyone feel like they’re at a campfire sing-a-long instead of a concert, which make him the perfect way to cap off a bright sunny day at The Fair. His willingness to include the audience continued after he left the stage too, standing by the side of the stage for over an hour signing autographs, taking pictures and chatting with fans. This connection to his fans keep them in his corner as they wait with baited breath for his major label debut album hopefully to be release sometime later this year.
I have the good fortune to see a lot of artists and bands perform live many of them are new me and along the way there are some hits and misses. One of the recent hits is Andrew Allen; a relatively new independant artist who is presently on the road touring in support of a forthcoming spring major-label album release. While he is a unique artist in his own right, Andrew’s witty and energetic performance style is like a perfect hybrid of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson and John Mayer. Like many the first introduction to an Andrew Allen song was his stunning soulful single “Amazing” played during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Since then he’s gone from strength to strength as his independently released EPs have lead to signing with EPIC Records, meaning a full length album is now in production. If the lead single “Loving You Tonight” is anything to go by, I’m looking forward to a feel good album. Now on tour with Joshua Radin and Justin Nozuka throughout the U.S. and Canada if the show makes a stop in your town, please get out and catch it…you’ll be in for a treat!
Upcoming Tour Dates: 2/7 – Plaza Theater – Orlando, FL 2/8 – State Theatre – Tampa, FL 2/9 – Workplay – Birmingham, AL 2/11 – Jefferson Theatre – Charlottesville, VA 2/12 – HOB – Boston, MA 2/14 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA 2/15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Andrew Allen – SummerFest at Lonsdale Quay – August 2, 2010
A beautiful, sunny BC Day was a perfect day for an excursion on the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver to catch Andrew Allen perform. Part of the SummerFest series of free outdoor concerts this was an opportunity to finally see this BC artist we first gained awareness of during the Olympics. Andrew Allen’s song ‘Amazing’ was included nightly during the pyrotechnics show at Robson Square…having gone there nearly every night of the Olympics I got to know the song ‘amazingly’ well. I was quite looking forward to hearing him perform live and see what else he had to offer. Although his performance was broken into two short sets, his witty banter built a good rapport with the audience and this continued between sets as he graciously met with fans (my friend Brian and me, included). The meet and greet also showed it was not just ‘stage persona’, he is a genuinely nice guy who seemed to appreciate all the fans who came to greet him. We unfortunately couldn’t stay until the second half of the set later in the afternoon but I look forward to seeing him next time he returns to Vancouver.
In the meantime, his incredibly catchy current single Loving You Tonight is getting lots radio play and available of itunes as are his other recordings. Check him out! You’ll like it!