Kris Allen – Oxford America Best of the South Gala – VIDEO

Kris Allen performed at the Oxford America Best of the South Gala last night, in Little Rock, AR to benefit OXFAM America.

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The gala honored actor Morgan Freeman, a native of Memphis, TN, now living in Clarksdale, MI, for his contributions to southern culture.

In this short video, check out Arkansas native, and Kris Allen fangirl, Mary Steenburgen hanging out with Kris on the red carpet…

Today, Kris tweeted, “Last night: Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenbergen (who is so nice), and impromptu sax player playing with us.”

UPDATE: Added FOX 16 news report – Kris talks a little bit about his trip to Rwanda, plus a short news report from KARK 4 (via Top Idol)

Video after the JUMP…

Photo-taking at the Gala

FOX 16 News Report – Kris talks a bit about his trip to Rwanda

KARK 4

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26 Comments

  1. he cleans up nicely :D

    hope to see a video of him performing there !

    love Morgan Freeman.. that’s nice he got to meet him!!

  2. The other lady in the red dress is actress Joey Lauren Adams she is from Little Rock, AR.

    You can see Kris’s brother Daniel in the background and I know his mom was there but didn’t hear anything about Katy. Kris & Cale performed.

  3. hope to see a video of him performing there !

    Me too! :D He looks great! Don’t mind the soul patch.

    Mary Steenburgen looks beautiful! I wonder how old she is.

  4. According to wikipedia, Mary Steenbergen in 57 years old. She looks great!

    Here’s some photos from the gala

    http://blog.camerasontheradio.com/post/494816843/kr

    Oh, and Daniel better watch his back — Kris is gonna get him for hijacking his twitter last night…

    KrisAllen

    #Ok @DA4Real. You may have gotten me this time but revenge is sooooo sweet. (evil laugh) about 2 hours ago via Echofon

  5. I must say, Kris is looking mighty fine. I hope we get to see video of the performance and presentations.

  6. I also hope that we get to see video of Kris’s performance. I wonder if they practiced with the Saxophonist or if she just popped up on stage..

  7. Wouldn’t be surprised if the sax player was Bill Clinton, who was born in, and was the governor of, Arkansas.

  8. Nice pictures and video. Quite the classy affair.

    Regarding the remark about the glove on Morgan Freeman’s hand, I’m pretty sure that is a necessity due to his hand injury in an automobile accident last year or whenever it was. These pictures and their captions are being wide spread so I was surprised at what I thought was a rude remark.

  9. LoveDaRocker:
    04/04/2010 at 12:05 pm Wouldn’t be surprised if the sax player was Bill Clinton, who was born in, and was the governor of Arkansas.

    Based on a picture that I saw this morning, I don’t think it was him.

  10. MJ, are we going to have to get you a chart of state abbreviations for your birthday? ;-) Morgan lives in Clarksdale, MISSISSIPPI.

    MS = Mississippi
    MI = Michigan

    At least you got Arkansas right.

  11. Here is the sax player: http://img25.yfrog.com/i/uyyt.jpg/
    Some more photos of Kris with M.Freeman and M.Steenburgen and Cale while they are performing: http://www.apimages.com/Search.aspx?sh=10&st=k&remem=x&kw=kris+allen&intv=None
    I read that he sang MITM but I don’t know what else.

    Also:
    @capitalhotel: http://twitpic.com/1czz56 – Stolen Pen with KrisAllen.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs404.snc3/24474_107808492587211_100000741821699_105389_41344_n.jpg
    Press conference at capital hotel w/Morgan Freeman, Kris Allen, Mary Steenburgen http://twitpic.com/1cyyuq

    @capitalhotel
    Now @KrisAllen is sharing stories about his recent trip to Rwanda. He was there with Toms Shoes.
    @KrisAllen says only about four people in Rwanda had heard of American Idol.
    Who is @KrisAllen rooting for this season of #AI? He’s not saying! But someone he was rooting for got kicked off already.”

  12. wow, this seems like a posh event and kris looks super smart. even cale’s cleaned up for this one.

  13. Right at the beginning of the video you catch a glimpse of Kris’ mom. She looks great! She has every reason to be proud of both of her sons.

  14. I think the blond woman in the black dress -at beginning of video-is Kris’s mother. I don’t see Kate.

  15. Going off a couple of tweets, Katy was there but must have been out of camera range

  16. According to wikipedia, Mary Steenbergen in 57 years old. She looks great!

    Yes she does!!!

    Who is @KrisAllen rooting for this season of #AI? He’s not saying! But someone he was rooting for got kicked off already.”

    I think he’s mentioned Crystal(?) and Didi in the past. Maybe one other, but can’t remember.

  17. I think Kris has mentioned Crystal, Katelyn, Didi and (maybe) Lee. So either Katelyn or Didi as the one who’s “already got kicked off”.

  18. I really want to hear the impromptu performance with the sax player! Well…and the rest of the set too, haha! Gimme more Kris!

  19. Singing in front if the Rwandan President one day & Morgan Freeman the next [ in his home state with his family around] Kris must think this is all a bit surreal !!
    I do hope that news reporter sticks to his word & provides some video of the performance by Kris & Cale .

  20. Kris must be really flying high about now. He’s really had some incredible experiences these past few weeks.

  21. Kris, I’m really happy for you, but my mouth is frothing with anticipation and anxiety as to what will be your second single. So please, for my sanity, tell us what it is NOW. :))

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