Allen Stone At The Knitting Factory on Friday, October 26th 2012
Allen Stone made another visit to Spokane, Wash. on his latest West Coast tour this past Friday. The Knitting Factory was packed with eager fans taking pictures of Stone’s logo hosted above the stage. When the performance began each band member came onto stage individually, first the bassist playing a funky beat while other musicians joined in on the same tune, including the drummer, electric guitarist, keyboardist and organ player. Mark Sampson, keyboardist and backup singer, started out scatting and engaging the crowd and finally introduced the main singer of the night; Stone joined them all on stage in his usual hyper-energetic manner. Like a true classic entertainer throughout performances Stone faced his band members and waved his hands in the air like a conductor. Stone, imitating personalities of his musical influences such as Stevie Wonder and James Brown, could hardly stand still the music seemed to pulse through him.
Throughout the night Stone informed the audience they were all there to “have a good time.” And according to his concert tradition, he split the crowd during the song “Nothing to Prove” for a major dance off between the two sides. Later in the evening Stone told fans that all the proceeds from the concert were going to “Keep a Breast” foundation. October is breast cancer awareness month and is an issue very dear to Stone’s own heart because his mother is a recent breast cancer survivor. Sandy Stone was in attendance that night in the Knitting Factory’s balcony, fans below cheered and waved up at her after Allen’s announcement.
Stone’s music is soulful and spirited, with dance-like drumbeats and brass instruments that scream for you to get up and move. His latest self-titled album, released on Oct. 3rd 2011, is filled with great music to sing-a-long to. During his performance of “Say So” at the Knitting Factory, Stone encouraged the audience to sing with him.
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