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Allen Stone 

When: Wed., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $22 ADV, $25 DOS
Born in Chewelah, Washington powerhouse singer Allen Stone started singing at his father’s church when he was just a kid. He wasn’t at all familiar with soul or R&B, but once he heard Stevie Wonder’s 1973 album Innnervisions, he was hooked. “It wasn’t the first time I ever heard him,” says Stone via phone from an El Paso tour stop as he tours in support of his terrific new album, Radius. “I had heard his music before but hadn’t had the name put to the music. I think it was ‘Isn’t She Lovely.’ I wanted to know more and just dove into his work and catalogue. I then wanted to discover anything from 1960 to 1970—soul, funk and R&B.” For Stone, who’s touring with a large ensemble, it’s important to keep the music organic and not resort to using electronic samples in place of live instruments. “For some crazy reason, it’s cool for a computer to be on stage and people are okay with that,” he says. “It’s super terrifying to me as a musician who plays instruments and sings live. There’s this influx of people using backing tracks and click tracks. As artists, we need to respect the common demographic and give [fans] real stuff and real energy.” (Niesel)

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