Kris Allen takes a break from the Lifehouse Smoke & Mirrors Tour to return to his hometown and perform a benefit concert for The Blackbird Academy of Arts in partnership with Music Empowers FoundationThe Music Empowers Foundation will match all funds raised up to $50,000 for Blackbird.   The VIP Sponsor Party begins at 6:00 p.m CST at McCastlan Hall and will include an acoustic performance by Kris & Cale.  The concert is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. CST at the Reynolds Performance Hall (Cap. 1200).  Both performance locations are on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas,  Kris & Cale’s former college.  There is no opening act scheduled so this show will be all Kris & KAB.  There have been hints from  Katy Allen that we may get to hear some new music from Kris tonight.

 Photo Credit: www.blackbirdacademy.org & Kris Allen Official

SETLIST  VIP: AWM, Stuck in a Moment (New Cover) & LLWD

SETLIST  Concert:  WAOMF, CSA, HL (lyric fail), RG, TT, AWM, TMYFML, FS/WOWY, EWTRTW, LT, MITM, IIO, LLWD, CT, All You Need Is Love (New cover encore with the kids from Blackbird)

Link to twitter list is linked HERE:  http://twitter.com/krinjalists/oct27conway
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Andy Davis takes the stage to present Blackbird Academy with a check for $50,000 to match the proceeds of today’s event.  

10/28

KrisAllen

Just to let everyone know that was at the concert last night, we raised $100000 for Blackbird Academy! Thanks everybody for the contribution

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Photos and videos below the JUMP:

 Update1: Kris performed a new cover song ;

Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”  by U2

Check it out the original;  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq60_Wxx5T0

 The Blackbird Academy of Arts

Blackbird is a not-for-profit organization, located in Conway, AR, opened in the Fall of 2009 with the main purpose of providing quality arts instruction to the Faulkner County area. Blackbird is working to not only provide more arts education and programming to its community, but to also do so in a way that anyone can take advantage of. They provide instruction in dance, creative writing, music visual arts and theater.  Kris is friends and attended college with Jennie Strange the Executive Director of  Blackbird.

Blackbird Promotional Video Featuring Kris, Jennie Strange & Andy Davis.  

Edited by Neil Allen, Kris’s dad

Today’s THV interview with  Jennie Strange from The Blackbird Academy of Arts about the foundation and Kris’s involvement in this concert event.

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=123980&catid=2

 For more information about The Blackbird Academy of Arts Here:
www.blackbirdacademy.org
For more information about Music Empowers Foundation Here:
www.musicempowersfoundation.org
For more information about The University of Central Arkansas Here:
http://uca.edu/

For more information about Reynolds Peformance Hall Here:
http://www.uca.edu/publicappearances/aboutreynolds.php

KAB Soundcheck Reynolds Performance Hall

 

 Photo Credit:ucareynolds & Steve Luna

Bigdaddysays – Interviews

 

Kris at VIP, he’s so cute he air guitars between people

Photo Credit: Bigdaddysays & paintedblaq

Videos:

VIP M&G:

Alright With Me (New Single – Acoustic)

Video Credit: ocamy24

Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”  by U2 (Acoustic Cover)

Video Credit: ocamy24

Live Like We’re Dying (Acoustic)

Video Credit: ocamy24

Concert:

Andy Davis of Music Empowers and Kris Allen present a check to Blackbird Academy in Reynolds Hall at UCA

Written All Over My Face

Can’t Stay Away

Video Credit: mzbet1
Heartless/Gangstas Paradise

Red Guitar

The Truth

Alright With Me (New Single)

To Make You Feel My Love (Solo Acoustic)

Video Credit: mzbet1

Falling Slowly/With Or Without You

Video Credit: mzbet1

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Video Credit: KAAddicts

Lifetime

Man In The Mirror

Is It Over

Live Like We’re Dying

Come Together

“All You Need Is Love”  - Beatles cover (Encore with the kids from Blackbird)

Video Credit: transplant42

Kris Allen has a slip of the tongue (Sex-cess-ful kids) while talking about the students that attend Blackbird Academy.


Video Credit: KAAddicts

 
  • tripp_ncwy

    heyyitskayleigh
    VIP chill session with @KrisAllen, mini acoustic concert with @KrisAllen, little bro singing @KrisAllen concert. Love? Yes.

  • http://MJO judes

    Thanks tripp for another great thread. Looking forward to see what the “special” song is!!
    Great video about the Blackbird Academy. Good to hear the background to why Kris was asked to do this. They’ve definitely chosen the right guy!!

  • luly

    Bigdaddysays Interviews. http://yfrog.com/16gslkj

  • tripp_ncwy

    constance0128
    waiting for @KrisAllen at the VIP reception http://twitpic.com/31f1ls

  • oladyrocklover

    Thanks tripp for another great thread. Looking forward to see what the “special” song is!!

    I am hoping for The Beatles “Blackbird”. I wish I was there tonight but I am so happy for this thread where I can live vicariously through those that are :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    LOL!!!!!

    robin_at_recess
    Wow! We scored tickets to a Kris Allen benefit concert in Conway tonight. Kids are excited. Mom is excited. Dad is…..well, he’s driving.

  • luly

    heyyitskayleigh Straight chillin with @KrisAllen (;

  • tripp_ncwy

    heyyitskayleigh Straight chillin with @KrisAllen (;

    I guess this is Cale’s sister.

  • tripp_ncwy

    ucareynolds
    They travel in style! #KrisAllen http://yfrog.com/6w8xorj

  • FaithfulFan

    When I was reading the articles and watching the videos about the Blackbird Academy I saw just how important this program is to so many people (not just kids but adults as well). I actually got goosebumps when I realized how much Kris’s benefit concert will impact this program. I am so proud of him for doing this and hope they are able to reach their goal of $100,000. Plus all the publicity from this show should help the program also.

  • luly

    krinjalists Atlanta RT @jennyree86: @krinjalists i’ve uploaded videos and will upload more pix later. he was AMAZING. @krisallen

  • luly

    paintedblaq Kris at VIP, he’s so cute he air guitars between people. http://yfrog.com/3vc3sij

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    Just chatted and had our picture taken with Andy Davis of Music Empowers. Photo was for 501 magazine.

    ETA. I am glad Andy is there, he is so supportive of Kris.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Defacing school property, lol;

    ucareynolds
    We think Don would approve. #KrisAllen
    http://yfrog.com/5ad1kuj

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns M&G http://plixi.com/p/53268829

    littlepawns Almost time for Kris and Cale.

    littlepawns Andy Davis takes the mic to talk about Music Empowers.

  • tripp_ncwy

    heyyitskayleigh http://yfrog.com/m9r35mdj

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    Andy discusses the importance of music education and its impact on a child’s life. http://plixi.com/p/53269723

  • luly

    littlepawns Neil Allen is presented with an autographed Nolan Ryan baseball as a thank you for his help in producing a video for tonight.

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    Blackbird students are presenting Andy and Kris with thank you gifts.

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    Andy is introducing Kris by telling about all his philanthropic work, including his help in raising $500,000 for Music Empowers.

  • tripp_ncwy

    VIP Concert is starting

    littlepawns Cale and Kris warm up with a few “mi mi mi”‘s

  • luly

    ainow Kris & Cale on stage!!! http://plixi.com/p/53270642

  • luly

    Tpk1987 AWM!!!

  • FaithfulFan

    Oh my gosh! I just browsed todays tweets on the krinjalists and saw how many hard core Kris fans flew into AR for this concert. This show is going to be insane. I can’t wait for the tweets and recaps. Sounds like they are already having a blast and are primed for the concert. Woo hoo!!

  • luly

    ainow Kris & Cale high-five!!!

  • tripp_ncwy

    chamberkathy
    @krisallen is singing. :) Tremendous thing he is doing for Blackbird Academy! So glad to be here.

  • tripp_ncwy

    New Song!!!

    littlepawns Stuck in the Moment (?) by U2

    Tpk1987 New song for VIP! “Stuck in a moment”? Its soo good!

    Here is the original from YouTube;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq60_Wxx5T0

  • jasmine

    Oh my gosh! I just browsed todays tweets on the krinjalists and saw how many hard core Kris fans flew into AR for this concert. This show is going to be insane.

    Wow, that’s great! Also, I very much approve of the U2 song!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    ainow American Idol Now
    We got a special treat & I got it all on video!!!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    “Tonight’s going to be fun. We have a little surprise for you at the end.” LLWD now to end the VIP party.

  • Mtlfan

    oh yes !!! new song!!!
    (thanks for the thread Tripp :D )

  • tripp_ncwy

    I just couldn’t let this go unnoticed. lol

    littlepawns
    Cale: took me forever to graduate from here. Kris: that’s mor than I can say. I went here. http://plixi.com/p/53271294

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Videos will be courtesy of @xoxemjayxox and @hazel_eyes11

  • TwigLA

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE ‘Stuck In a Moment’. I can’t wait to see video of Kris and Cale performing this. It’s a great song for Kris’ voice and style.

    It’s wonderful that so many Kris fans made a point to get there and contribute to this. Yeah, I know, slightly ‘selfish’ reasons :)

    Judes, I was also very happy to hear how Kris got involved in this. I think it’s fantastic how Andy was drawn to Kris through the TV screen and later found out what a true gem he is.

  • TwigLA

    littlepawns
    Cale: took me forever to graduate from here. Kris: that’s mor than I can say. I went here. http://plixi.com/p/53271294

    Anyone want to place bets that Kris ends up getting an honorary degree sometime in the not too distant future from UCA?

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns Moving over to Reynold’s Hall for the main concert.

    ucareynolds Our lobby is PACKED! #KrisAllen

  • linsmile

    oladyrocklover:
    10/27/2010 at 6:51 pm
    I wish I was there tonight but I am so happy for this thread where I can live vicariously through those that are

    Yep, that covers how I feel about tonight! Thanks tripp, for the thread.

    It’s great seeing all the ways music education benefits thanks to Kris’ involvement.

    Stuck in a Moment. Love it!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Anyone want to place bets that Kris ends up getting an honorary degree sometime in the not too distant future from UCA?

    I doubt it. They didn’t even give Scotty Pippen an honorary degree. He had to come back and earn it like everyone else.

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    #Sponsor logos are featured on the right side of that picture. Top row, third from left is @alrightwithmoo :)

    #About 20 minutes from the start of the show http://plixi.com/p/53278342

  • tripp_ncwy

    Did not know this;

    kt_cle
    #Merch is less expensive at headliner shows. Got myself a hoodie for $35!

    #For opener shows, they have to price the same as the headliner.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Aims1018 My view! http://twitpic.com/31fwqa

  • Masieta

    This is a little OT and may have been posted elsewhere, but while we’re waiting for tweets…

    Kris WON Sophie’s Challenge – but now he’s up against Santana and Daughtry in “Photograph.” Here’s the link to vote…

    http://radiosophie.radio.com/2010/10/27/kris-allen-goes-head-to-head-with-santana-daughtry-tonight-in-sophies-challenge/

  • tripp_ncwy

    I hope he is not too disappointed when the rest of KAB shows up.

    LayneJohnston
    About to hear an amazing, small venue, concert from @KrisAllen Nothing but him, his guitar, mic & keyboard. Stoked!!

  • tripp_ncwy

    arkey1119
    My view from the balcony @KrisAllen show in Conway. http://twitpic.com/31fy5q

  • tripp_ncwy

    ucareynolds
    Only a few minutes to go! #KrisAllen http://yfrog.com/naucvpj

  • tripp_ncwy

    heyyitskayleigh
    “You know, until I met him, I didn’t know @KrisAllen was THAT small. He’s like a fun sized candy!” -Grandma

  • tripp_ncwy

    Twitter Video;

    paintedblaq http://twitvid.com/TYUCU stuck in a moment. Haven’t listened to it yet.

    MP3: http://www.mediafire.com/?qv1exfe773s42dx

  • Ratna12

    Yay, I can follow Kris’ concert during the weekday.
    Thanks for the thread, tripp.

  • Masieta

    “New Song!!!
    littlepawns Stuck in the Moment (?) by U2
    Tpk1987 New song for VIP! “Stuck in a moment”? Its soo good!
    Here is the original from YouTube;”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq60_Wxx5T0

    I listened to the YT link. I’ve always liked U2. I’m actually a little sad because I just realized Kris has ruined me for other singers… all I could think of was how gravelly and nasal their voices were in comparison… and I was wishing for Kris’ voice of warm chocolate…

  • TwigLA

    This is breathtakingly beautiful. I want it now!
    Kris and Cale doing ‘Stuck in a Moment’

    http://www.twitvid.com/TYUCU

  • Ratna12

    I just click to that new song. Really good twitvid, wow, clear sound and everything. I need to see the lyrics of the song. Maybe there is a reason for Kris to cover that ?

  • Elliegrll

    Kris’ vocals sound amazing during “Stuck in a Moment”. I’d love to hear him do that song with the whole band.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I just click to that new song. Really good twitvid, wow, clear sound and evrything. I need to see the lyrics of the song. Maybe there is a reason for Kris to cover that ?

    I enjoyed hearing Cale’s little solo part.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Show should be starting anytime now.

    littlepawns Blackbird promo video is playing.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    KAB and Kris take the stage. WAOMF

  • Ratna12

    Aims1018: I got the whole VIP set on video :)

    Aims1018: Buck shirt purchased! :)

    *
    Yes, another set of videos

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    WAOMF http://plixi.com/p/53285622

  • FaithfulFan

    Wow! That twitvid is great. Kris and Cale sound really good.

    And we have yet another surprise from Kris at the end of the concert. He is such a tease.

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    Andy Davis takes the stage to present Blackbird Academy with a check for $50,000 to match the proceeds of today’s event.

    ETA. I am so happy for Blackbird well deserved.

  • Ratna12

    rebekahcarole: @krisallen is in the plaid tonight!

    *
    LOL, he goes back home and he goes back wearing plaid.

  • ilovekrisallen39
  • ilovekrisallen39

    carissagan Carissa Gan
    View from the spotlight room: http://yfrog.com/0ilrrjj

  • Ratna12

    And we have yet another surprise from Kris at the end of the concert. He is such a tease.

    Wait, that new U2 song was not the only surprise ?

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    CSA with red electric

  • TwigLA

    Fabulous! Kris raised at least $50,000 and Music Empowers matched it.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    ucareynolds Reynolds
    “Written All Over My Face” A heck of a kick-off to a show! #KrisAllen http://yfrog.com/5kq8suj

  • ilovekrisallen39

    arkey1119 Tom Self
    Heartless

  • tripp_ncwy

    I can remember back when Kris came back for his hometown visit Top3 and Reynolds had peeps in the aisles and practically hanging off the balcony.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    I so love Kris’s mother,allen_kimberly
    I finally figured this “watch my kid sing” thing. Give up my front row tickets to a couple little girls on the back row. I can breathe now.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Momma Allen is so sweet.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    chamberkathy Kathy Wyrick
    @KrisAllen is fabulous!!!! Heartless… :)

  • TwigLA

    awwww!

    @allen_kimberly
    Kimberly Allen
    I finally figured this “watch my kid sing” thing. Give up my front row tickets to a couple little girls on the back row. I can breathe now.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Little lyric fail…. How quickly they forget ;)

  • Ratna12

    wow, mama Allen is tweeting.
    I can just imagine her pride watching Kris.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    robint1978 Robin Thibault
    Yes!!! http://plixi.com/p/53286681

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    “you’d think a song I’ve sung a million times I wouldn’t forget the words. But I did tonight, just for you”

  • ilovekrisallen39

    risalea Risa Ratliff
    Red Guitar http://twitpic.com/31gaox

  • Elliegrll

    “you’d think a song I’ve sung a million times I wouldn’t forget the words. But I did tonight, just for you”

    I love his sense of humor.

  • Ratna12

    littlepawns :
    Little lyric fail…. How quickly they forget

    Is this Heartless ?
    Oh Kris, I remember one of his acoustic Heartless with Cale somewhere in Northern California, where he just had a brain freeze, completely forgot the line.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    @krisallen is wearing the coolest shoes!!

  • Ratna12

    MEGA_blOCkS :OhhMann. @KrisAllen forgot the words to “Heartless” (:

    robint1978: “You’re making me nervous Conway!”

    *
    He is more nervous singing in front of family and friends, I guess.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    The Truth

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    The Truth! Kris rocking the purple plaid yo!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    ucareynolds Reynolds
    @Calevis24 , @KrisAllen ‘s guitar player. He’s shredding it up! #KrisAllen

  • ilovekrisallen39

    robint1978 Robin Thibault
    The Truth http://plixi.com/p/53288173

  • ilovekrisallen39

    constance0128 Constance Collier
    http://twitpic.com/31gck4

  • Masieta

    Uh oh for the lyric fail… Keith Urban must be in the audience…

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    KAB leaves the stage. Just Kris and his guitar. TMYFML

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    KAB returns for falling slowly

  • ilovekrisallen39

    ucareynolds Reynolds
    Kris goes solo #KrisAllen http://yfrog.com/6hfl7dj

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    Kris so into falling slowly he almost fell. Good save @krisallen haha

  • ilovekrisallen39

    arkey1119 Tom Self
    With or without you.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    EWTRTW

  • ilovekrisallen39

    constance0128 Constance Collier
    Lifetime

  • FaithfulFan

    And we have yet another surprise from Kris at the end of the concert. He is such a tease.
    Wait, that new U2 song was not the only surprise ?

    ratna At the end of the Stuck in a Moment twitvid Kris was talking about the show and said “we have a little surprise for you guys at the end. I think it’s gonna be great.”

  • ilovekrisallen39

    robint1978 Robin Thibault
    Everyone Loves To Move Around?! I think! With a little hip wiggle! On video! Now, Lifetime!

  • luly

    robint1978 Everyone Loves To Move Around?! I think! With a little hip wiggle! On video! Now, Lifetime!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    orchdorkcourt Courtney Collins
    Lol kris’ bass player is funny to watch….he kinda looks like Jesus….

  • Ratna12

    Aagghhhh, I wish I ‘m watching Kris live right now.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Band Intros

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    MITM

  • ilovekrisallen39

    constance0128 Constance Collier
    @KrisAllen @krisallenband are killing it. K I L L I N G. I T.

  • sleepinin

    Kris’ vocals sound amazing during “Stuck in a Moment”. I’d love to hear him do that song with the whole band.

    Oh, me too. That was just beautiful.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    ucareynolds Reynolds
    They’re playing “Man in the Mirror”, and the crowd is loving it! #KrisAllen

  • ilovekrisallen39

    robint1978 Robin Thibault
    Who loves this guy??? http://plixi.com/p/53292675

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    Kris said sex on stage hahahahahahahaha by accident!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    heyyitskayleigh Kayleigh L
    Accidental sex jokes at the @KrisAllen concert? #awkward

  • ilovekrisallen39

    arkey1119 Tom Self
    I didn’t know the viola was woo worthy. LOL

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    He tried to say successfull lol!

  • http://MJO judes

    Update2: Kris Version twitvid: http://www.twitvid.com/TYUCU

    Thanks for the twitvid of Stuck in a Moment. I love U2 & this rendition of it by Krale- is great!!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    txjamie ja
    OIC KRIS. I SEE. Best slip ever. “Sex.”

  • ilovekrisallen39

    robint1978 Robin Thibault
    “These kids are so sexful!” He meant to say “successful!” AND HE IS ROCKING SO HARD HIS HAND IS BLEEDING.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    Sexful…..a new word lol. And he’s bleeding! What a night haha “im rocking so hard im bleeding”

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    “I just want you to know, I just looked at my hand and I’m bleeding. That’s how much I’m rocking.”

  • Ratna12

    Tpk1987 Tom
    Kris said sex on stage hahahahahahahaha by accident!

    Kris and Katy must had an eventful night, last night.
    And Kris mom is there too, LOL

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Especially killer guitar solo from Andrew.

  • tierbee

    I *loved* that version of “Stuck In a Moment.” Nice!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    constance0128 Constance Collier
    WOW! @krisallenband laying it on the floor and stomping it into the ground! Is It Over

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Ummm a pick just landed on my chest…. llwd

  • tripp_ncwy

    damitman
    @krisallen please dont hurt yourself. I need you in good health tomorrow night, k

  • Ratna12

    What is wrong with Kris tonight ?
    Maybe nervous mixed with excitement.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    $100,000 raised. @krisallen and his fans do amazing things!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    CT

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Kris lost in the crowd

  • Ratna12

    ucareynolds: “Live Like We’re Dying” Awesome! #KrisAllen

    Tpk1987: Kris in the audience!!!

    arkey1119: In the audience for CT

    robint1978: Come Together…he’s in the audience!!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    One of the best @krisallen concerts by far!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    OK,txjamie ja
    uhwhsagf$/”1&.)gtqhbskz

  • ilovekrisallen39

    robint1978 Robin Thibault
    There’s a surprise coming up next!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Kris and band clear the stage. A couple of mics are added

  • tripp_ncwy

    Tpk1987 Special song! He came back out! Kids from Blackbird on stage!

  • Ratna12

    .
    robint1978: There’s a surprise coming up next!

    *
    I can’t wait

  • ilovekrisallen39

    txjamie ja
    KRIS. KIDS. AHAHJAJXHXKSKWHW

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    Special song! He came back out! Kids from Blackbird on stage!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    arkey1119 Tom Self
    Encore with kids from Blackbird.

  • tripp_ncwy

    littlepawns
    Kris and KAB back, inviting blackbird kids on stage….. All You Need Is Love

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Kris and KAB back, inviting blackbird kids on stage….. All You Need Is Love

  • Ratna12

    Tpk1987 All you need is love!!

    Aawww !!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    littlepawns Little Pawns
    Kris and Kids http://plixi.com/p/53295898

  • ilovekrisallen39

    txjamie ja
    WHATEVER I AM NOT CRYING

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Tpk1987 Tom
    Too adorable yo!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    ucareynolds Reynolds
    What better way to finish the night than with “All You Need Is Love?” #KrisAllen

  • Ratna12

    It is just meant to be that Kris went to audition AI and won it.
    He is able to do so much good for different charities, the kids musical education, and in the mean time making all his fans (ME!!!) very happy with his music.

    What a guy.

  • Ratna12

    Aims1018: That was amazing!

    littlepawns: Awesome show!!

    kt_cle: Turns out @calevis24 was the pick thrower. Didn’t see him throw it, felt something hit me in the chest, look down and see it in my camisole

  • Ratna12

    LayneJohnston: THANK YOU @KrisAllen for the Blackbird benefit concert tonight! It was KICK AWESOME. Cheers to the $$ raised for the Academy.

  • Ratna12

    krinja_signal: Kris sang All You Need is Love w/ the kids at the Blackbird Academy tonight RT @littlepawns Kris and Kids http://plixi.com/p/53295898

    robin_at_recess: Wh-a-a-t?!?! Kris Allen concert was awesome!

    robin_at_recess: Um, have I mentioned KRIS ALLEN? Just checking….

    chamberkathy: http://twitpic.com/31gso6 – @KrisAllen giving back to the community! What an awesome night :)

  • ilovekrisallen39

    I so agree Ratna12.Well am going to go and try to get a few HRS of sleep.Have to take hubby to wear there going to take off at,He has to be there at 1:15 am.I talk to you all tomorrow if am not to sad.Night all.

  • Ratna12

    ilovekrisallen39,
    best wishes to you, your husband and your kids.

  • Ratna12

    heyyitskayleigh: @KrisAllen singing Falling Slowly/With or Without You mash-up = highlight of my freaking month!!! <33

    robint1978: It's over! I think between 3 or 4 of us we got every song on video!!!

  • Ratna12

    robint1978: Cale hit his aunt in the face with his pick.

    mnvalentine: Definitely high-fived and possibly blinded Kris Allen! BEST CONCERT EVER!

    robint1978: And, yes…I got “sexful” on video for those of you who are asking!

    Hello__Newman: Incredible show tonight!!!!

  • FaithfulFan

    It is just meant to be that Kris went to audition AI and won it.
    He is able to do so much good for different charities, the kids musical education, and in the mean time making all his fans (ME!!!) very happy with his music.

    What a guy.

    ratna This is so true!!

  • oladyrocklover

    What better way to finish the night than with “All You Need Is Love?” #KrisAllen

    i”m sure that was so adorable with all the kids on stage<3<3<3 I still haven't given up on "Blackbird" but the important thing is the huge contribution to such a great organization. I am so happy that Kris has been given the opportunity to mix his two passions-music and helping others.

    Thanks to everyone for the great thread tonight. It made not being there a little bit easier to take.

  • Idolnewby

    It’s shows and causes like this that make me realize more why I will always support Kris Allen.

    Jim

  • Ratna12

    paintedblaq: Kris was so great tonight! Next stop – Memphis!

    lancejohnston: If you look close you can see Mary Dean & Anne Ryan on stage w/ Kris Allen http://yfrog.com/4zluoqj

  • Ratna12

    It’s shows and causes like this that make me realize more why I will always support Kris Allen.

    Jim

    Yeah, I found my idol in Kris, in more ways than one.

  • Ratna12

    paintedblaq: There were a lot of people there taking video so I’m sure we are going to get some awesome stuff.

    robint1978: Y’all….A+++++++ show!!!

    Hello__Newman: RT @bgilbert37 At Kris’ concert with @Hello__newman///thanksfor the ticket! Great show.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I’m sure there was more than one doctor in the house who could look at Kris’s hand. :-)

  • Ratna12

    ucareynolds: The Allens! #KrisAllen http://yfrog.com/7bc65lj

  • Ratna12

    Tpk1987: Hangin with kris and the band! :)!!

    mnvalentine: Kris Allen & me definiely took a picture together & I definitely got his autograph. We’re so friends now… :) :) :)

    Tpk1987: Lol standing in front of kris and katy, getting flight advice

    Tpk1987: Best night ever, by far. I have a pic from every band member. Thank you Arkansas so much and kris and his family

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris, KAB & Kids

    paintedblaq All you need is L.O.V.E. <3 http://twitvid.com/XARME

  • Ratna12

    KrisAllenNo1Fan: The concert was AMAZING! <3. Hopefully another opportunity comes around like this. :).

    heyyitskayleigh :@KrisAllen music will be in my head for weeks now. Goodnight, twiglets.
    .
    rebekahcarole: I ABSOFREAKINLUTELY LOVE ANDREW!!!!

  • Ratna12

    xoxEmjayxox: Cheese dip at Stoby’s! http://plixi.com/p/53304176

    kt_cle:: I think I OD’d on cheese dip.

    *
    I wonder how many out of town Kris Allen fans went to Stoby’s ?

  • Ratna12

    lizbiz8: http://twitpic.com/31hjl9 – After 10 trips I finally found it! I can now say my life is complete. Thx @allen_kimberly :)

    robint1978: Oh! I almost forgot! Has anyone tweeted that tonight’s event raised $100,000?! How amazing is that ?

    FourteenPlums: Thank you to all the @littlepawns who helped spread the word about the Blackbird Academy Benefit tonight. You contributed to a great cause.

    robint1978: Pics & vids are almost done uploading! I will post a few pics tonight & the rest tomorrow!

  • Ratna12

    carissagan: Don’t screw up the spotlight: check. Get off work before midnight: check. Take a picture with Kris Allen: check.

    carissagan: Violet and I were just talking about how cute @KrisAllen is. He rocked the stage tonight. And he’s really nice!

    paintedblaq: Buck shirt signed by Kris http://twitpic.com/31ho8s

  • http://MJO judes

    Kris, KAB & Kids

    paintedblaq All you need is L.O.V.E. <3 http://twitvid.com/XARME

    Thanks tripp for posting this & paintedblaq for taking it. Great idea to finish the concert with this.

    Its wonderful that they raised the amount they wanted to for this great cause.

  • Ratna12

    FourteenPlums Here’s “Falling Slowly/With or Without You” from tonight’s show in Conway, AR

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnyG9m_LeVw
    *
    Sound is not that good-(echo). Hopefully there is a better one.

  • Mtlfan

    This is breathtakingly beautiful. I want it now!
    Kris and Cale doing ‘Stuck in a Moment’

    http://www.twitvid.com/TYUCU

    love this!! can’t wait to watch with a better sound
    ——-
    haven’t finished reading the thread but it seems to be great tonight. Great on the $100K raised for that.

  • hoosiermama

    Late to the party, but I’m going to bed with a big smile on my face after watching that twitvid of AYNIL. Kris always surprises me with his choice of covers and this one was the perfect song to end this benefit concert (of course he’d choose a Beatles song!). Bravo, well done Kris, KAB and kids! $100,000 raised? Excellent! :-)

    ilovekrisallen39—*hugs* to you and your family! Stay strong; we support you and thank you.

  • http://MJO judes

    I think $100,000 was raised [ Oh I see in the headline it was 50,000 raised & this was doubled $ for$ byAndy Davis] – its great that this money will help more kids in Arkansas learn music. Music transcends language & cultures – its something everyone can do but not everyone gets the opportunity which is why I applaud Kris so much for giving back to his own community !!

    Thanks Ratna for the vid of FS. It was very clear visually but the sound was a bit muffled. I enjoyed seeing the whole band though!!

    Oh & my thoughts & prayers are with you , your husband & family ILKA. Come & listen to the video of Kris with the kids to cheer you up if you are feeling emotional.

  • Mtlfan

    thanks judes, i made the correction.

    ILKA39 .. my positive toughts are with you! :D

  • Ratna12

    Bigdaddysays: Bus party tonight. Where are you @krisallen? http://yfrog.com/mqa7exj

    *
    Well, he’s in Conway, I’m sure that Kris wants to be somewhere else than inside the bus. Does the bus has to leave for tomorrow’s concert right about now ? Poor Kris has no break at all.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Thanks everyone.We just got back from seeing him off.I’M staying strong for the kid’s.So happy Kris had a great night.

  • Ratna12

    FourteenPlums: Kris Allen at the Blackbird Academy of the Arts Benefit, Reynolds Auditorium – Conway, AR:

    http://wp.me/pRx0w-2dN

  • connie0128

    To get you through! I’m sure better videos will show up later.

    Stuck in A Moment
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBPRfNsVpzM

    All You Need is Love
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywwHdXiP_h8

  • TwigLA

    ilovekrisallen39, best wishes, thoughts, and prayers for your husband and you and your family. Hang strong!

    I hope we get the actual amount raised from the combined concerts. We know it was at least $50,000 since Music Empowers would match up to that amount.

    This concert sounds like it was absolutely amazing. It’s a shame things like this don’t make the national celebrity news.

  • dana

    Late to the party… just wanted to say -

    Tripp, thanks for the thread. All the background information you add makes it very interesting. :) And to all for making this a great one. And to Kris, for being… Kris. (Love, love, love… Love, love, love.) :)

    ILKA39 – hang in there. feel the positive Kris vibe coming from MJs. our prayers are with you. :)

  • oladyrocklover

    This concert sounds like it was absolutely amazing. It’s a shame things like this don’t make the national celebrity news.

    Whats even sadder is that I haven’t seen anything about it on this morning’s local Arkansas news. I’m about to watch the local 9am newscasts so maybe there will be some mentions then?

    ILKA39, the sacrifices that families like yours make are truly inspiring. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  • dana

    and if anyone has a clear MP3 of Kris’ Stuck In A Moment… share please? thanks. :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Some great pictures here;
    @hazel_eyes11: My pictures from Conway, AR http://bit.ly/9pf5Ci

  • linsmile

    This concert sounds like it was absolutely amazing. It’s a shame things like this don’t make the national celebrity news.

    So true, Twig.

    ILKA, you have a community of caring friends here – including me – my thoughts and prayers are also with you.

  • chris4kris

    What an awesome, absolutely amazing concert! How can this guy just make me love him more and more? Seeing him talk in that Blackbird promo video you just feel his passion for music and the arts. And on stage with the kids…so beautiful. And Stuck in a Moment-amazing! Would love a clear mp3 of that too!

    ilovekrisallen39-you and your husband and kids are in my thoughts and prayers. You guys are so amazing. Thank you for your amazing sacrifice. Hope that Kris and the love here will help you get through this tough time.

  • hoosiermama

    Some great videos are showing up–yay! Thanks connie for yours, too! Did you enjoy the concert?

    For a chuckle—at 2:08 in that promo video there is a little boy on the end who looks like a mini-Cale. So adorable!!

    Really loving the U2 cover! (more please!)

  • tripp_ncwy

    KrisAllen
    Just to let everyone know that was at the concert last night, we raised $100000 for Blackbird Academy! Thanks everybody for the contribution

  • Ratna12

    You have to scroll down a bit.
    *

    Screenshot of a new Kris convert (blog)!
    http://www.thesmartkitchenblog.com/2010/10/naked-girlpretty-boy.html http://twitpic.com/31l9s5

  • Elliegrll

    Screenshot of a new Kris convert (blog)!
    http://www.thesmartkitchenblog.com/2010/10/naked-girlpretty-boy.html http://twitpic.com/31l9s5

    I like her description of how happy AWM makes her feel, unfortunately, it just keeps reminding me that AWM could have been a huge summer hit. I think that AWM is the type of song that people will call into their stations to request and ask their djs for the name and artist, so hopefully PDs will take notice of this response and give the song a shot.

  • elrok

    Just wanted to get a quick concert recap out there. First – great venue! Perfect acoustics, packed full with a very enthusiastic crowd. Speaking of the crowd – good mix of all ages from very young to very old. Also good male/female ratio with about 40% guys. Everybody on their feet for most of the concert.

    Kris and the KAB sound better than ever! Flawless vocals and a very “tight”, polished sound you usually only hear from bands that have been together a lot longer than these guys. Like many have said, YT videos don’t even come close to doing Kris and the band justice. You really need to see them live to appreciate how truly great they sound!

    Every band member is wonderful – but I really have to single out Andrew DeRoberts. His creative guitar work is a highlight of the show. So many of the songs just continue to sound better and I think Andrew has a lot to do with that.

    Even though this was a hometown crowd, it was still cool to see how people of all ages were getting into the music. Young kids running to the stage to get a close-up look and maybe a touch from Kris – while “mature” members of the audience were standing, head-bopping, clapping, and singing along. Great to see!

    The encore with the Blackbird students was adorable, and a fitting conclusion to an awesome concert. A good time was definitely had by all! If you haven’t seen Kris and the band live – I highly recommend you do.

  • arwen

    I just watched the videos, Stuck in a Moment was gorgeous and All You Need is Love was adorablee. Kris was on fire, he must be very excited to perform in his hometown. I commend Kris for all his charity works. I hope there’ll be more videos that would come out.

  • jasmine

    Thanks for the very descriptive recap, elrok! Sounds as if those of us who have never seen Kris & KAB live really need to do so.

  • tripp_ncwy
  • tripp_ncwy

    Brief clip from pre concert interview.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rOTIlYRcZ0

    ETA. I hope someone is able to record this interview and post it on Youtube.

  • luly

    KrisAllen
    Just to let everyone know that was at the concert last night, we raised $100000 for Blackbird Academy! Thanks everybody for the contribution

    That’s awesome :)

    I enjoyed reading about the concert, sounds like it was wonderful.

    ilovekrisallen39- I hope your husband will be back safe, stay strong!

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Thanks everyone.Having Kris news and great friends from MJ’S am sure well help me get threw this.I’M holding up,I’ll feel alot better once he can call me thou.And I have another concert to enjoy following again tonight.

  • justapixy

    Not sure it’s ok to post this here but please delete if it’s not okay.
    http://www.xmradio.com/programming/20on20_vote.jsp
    Of course I voted for LLWD!

  • Triskel4

    I’ve been thinking about this concert today, and I think that Kris Allen is simply a rare individual. He truly lives a good and loving life. Many of us, myself included, talk a big game, maybe we donate to our favorite charities or we choose a child to sponsor at Christmas, but there are a rare few who don’t just talk the talk; they also walk the walk. Those people get in the trenches–they volunteer at soup kitchens and take time off from their jobs to fly into disaster areas; they are part of Doctors without Borders and they play music for or read books to the elderly. I think that Kris feels blessed not only to be able to play music for a living but also, and maybe even more so, to use his gift to help others. I know it sounds cliche, but he makes me want to be a better person (trademark Jack Nicholson). He deserves every wonderful thing that comes his way.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Tonight’s concert thread is up. Enjoy!!!!

  • justapixy

    I think that Kris Allen is simply a rare individual. He truly lives a good and loving life. Many of us, myself included, talk a big game, maybe we donate to our favorite charities or we choose a child to sponsor at Christmas, but there are a rare few who don’t just talk the talk; they also walk the walk. Those people get in the trenches–they volunteer at soup kitchens and take time off from their jobs to fly into disaster areas; they are part of Doctors without Borders and they play music for or read books to the elderly. I think that Kris feels blessed not only to be able to play music for a living but also, and maybe even more so, to use his gift to help others. I know it sounds cliche, but he makes me want to be a better person (trademark Jack Nicholson). He deserves every wonderful thing that comes his way.

    Triskel4, ITA. Those are the reasons I’m following his career and will always support him! He is the very first celebrity I ever care and follow so closely simply because he is a rare and amazing human being!

  • Ratna12

    Brief clip from pre concert interview.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rOTIlYRcZ0

    ISBinLA:
    Thanks for this…Is the longer interview going to? be posted sometime, somehwhere?

    5MediaProductions:
    Hey! Thanks for your interest. The interview will air in its entirety local cable in Kris’ hometown of? Conway, Arkansas starting next week. Not sure if it’s coming to Youtube quite yet.

  • tripp_ncwy