CONCERT REVIEW: Allen Stone at Phoenix Concert Theatre

This man sure knows how to throw a party! Allen Stone rolled through the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON, last night as the only Canadian stop on his 2014 fall tour. Along for the neo-soul train ride were supporting acts Roméo Testa and Bad Rabbits.

 

Romeo Testa shot by Ashley Emma Ng

 

Roméo Testa took on the stage first with bright eyes and a grey beanie. He started the night off with some acoustic jams like “With You,” “I’m So Down,” and “Still Misunderstood,” a moving song he wrote about bullying. The charming young artist just released his The End EP in May, but with a unique voice that sees him going far, it’s only the beginning.

 

Romeo Testa shot by Ashley Emma Ng

 

When Bad Rabbits vocalist Dua Boakye trotted out in a black and gold dashiki, we weren’t sure what to think – but damn, if they didn’t start a sweaty dance party in the crowd! The rabbits put on a blast of a show with choreographed moves, funky bass lines, and high energy that just didn’t stop. They certainly won the crowd over with their blend of R&B, rock, and soul.

 

Allen Stone Toronto 2014 shot by Ashley Emma Ng

 

Bohemian scarves hung from the microphone stands and animal skulls were scattered atop guitar amps. Allen Stone spent no time waiting to hit the stage and started his set off with new song “Freezer Burn,” off his forthcoming Radius album, slated for release later this year. If the preview EP is any indication, it’s that Radius is going to be a hell of an album.

 

Allen Stone 2014 band shot by Ashley Emma Ng

 

Stone fostered good vibes and jiving dance moves all night with the help of his two foxy back-up singers and bandmates. New friendships were made at the concert hall-turned-discothèque, as concertgoers grooved with each other and sang along with the man himself to songs old and new like “Celebrate Tonight,” “Circle,” “Contact High,” and “Voo Doo.” He ended the set off with “Sleep,” keeping the crowd’s energy high in anticipation for an encore.

 

Allen Stone 2014 shot by Ashley Emma Ng 3

 

Stepping out all smiles with the band, the room swayed as he performed stirring track “Reality,” off his first self-released album Last To Speak. He continued with a groovy rendition of Gotye’s hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” and left the crowd more than satisfied with a soulful, face-melting, passion-filled performance of “Satisfaction.”

 

 

(All photos by Ashley Emma Ng)

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