Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: Kris Allen At The Capitol Theater (6.1.10)

Kris Allen

Mark your calendars, American Idol fans! Kris Allen, winner of the televised talent competition’s eighth season is coming to Madison on June 1st to perform at the Capitol Theater.  We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show to one lucky blog reader.  Read on to find out how that could be you!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Frank Productions and True Endeavors Present:

American Idol Winner KRIS ALLEN

Capitol Theater – 8pm – $25 – all ages



When he was seven years old, Kris listened to a cassette of Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” and his life changed forever. “I’d be alone in my room and I would sing and dance and try different hats on. I’d stand in front of the mirror and try to moonwalk, but it just didn’t work. One night my dad walked in and caught me. I stopped in my tracks but he thought it was hilarious.”

When Kris was born on June 21, 1985, his dad gave up his music career and went to work at a car dealership to support his family. Kris’ talent was apparent as early as the fourth grade, when he learned to play the viola and joined the school orchestra. “I tried to be cool and play baseball. Playing viola is not the coolest thing in the world. I kept going but stopped right before college.”

Kris never took a lesson, so his guitar-playing was entirely self-taught. By the time he enrolled in college, he knew he wanted to play music professionally. “When I was a freshman I realized I needed to start writing songs.” During his sophomore year, he played his first gig at a local bar. “It was in downtown Conway and the place was filled because it was the bar’s opening night. It was also their closing night. I don’t think it was our fault, because everyone said we played well. That night is when I got the encouragement to keep going.”

Though not an avid television viewer – Kris and his wife Katy don’t own a TV – Kris did see the Season 6 episodes of “American Idol” when his friend Sean Michel won praise from the judges during his audition. “It was great to see someone from Arkansas make it to Hollywood.” Living with his parents during season 7, Kris became hooked on “Idol.” In July 2008, Kris’ brother Daniel decided to audition in Louisville, Kentucky, and asked Kris and a friend to go with him. “I didn’t have anything else to do so I was down with that,” says Kris. “We arrived and there were 12,000 people standing there and we were the last ones to sign up. It was intimidating.”

Kris made it from Hollywood week to the top 36 to the top 12 and survived elimination week after week, heading into the finale with Adam Lambert. When Ryan Seacrest read the name of the winner, after a long pause he said. “Kris Allen.”

Kris’ path to victory included memorable performances of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Kanye West’s “Heartless.” Kris was praised by the judges for his original arrangements of such well-known songs. “What I do is completely forget about the original version and ask myself how I can play the song when it comes to phrasing, chord structure and emotion. I hear what it’s going to sound like in my head and run with it. Hopefully it’s a way that no one has ever thought of doing it before.”

Kris Allen

Since the finale, Kris has had multiple songs appear on the Billboard charts. “That was crazy!” he exclaims. “Four months before that we were all unknown. That first moment I knew I had five songs on the Billboard chart was very cool.” At the same time, his finale song “No Boundaries” was No. 1 on the iTunes chart. Kris found out when a friend sent him a text message. “I had no idea. That was crazy, too!”

It’s been an incredible journey for the 24-year-old who came very close to giving up on having a music career. “I was going to return to college and get a decent job so my wife and I could have a comfortable life together, which would have been fine. But things worked out a different way, and I’m really happy!”

: As American Idol viewers know, every week the contestants choose a song to perform that follows a designated theme.  For instance, when the theme was “Songs From The Year You Were Born,” Kris performed Don Henley’s 1985 hit “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.”  We want to know which song released during your birth year you’d choose to perform.  Post your answers in the comments section below by Sunday, May 30th. We’ll choose and notify a winner shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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5 Responses

  1. If I had to chose from 1979, it would have to be “We’ve got tonite” by Bob Seger and the silver bullet band.

  2. If I had to choose from 1979, it would have to be “We’ve got tonite” by Bob Seger and the silver bullet band.

  3. Dream Baby by Roy Orbison. (I’m old!). It is a great song…and that voice!

  4. In 1987, I would sing Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” My favorite Whitney song ever!

  5. Congrats Kimberly! This one’s yours. Thanks to all who participated in the giveaway. If you didn’t win this one, don’t be too bummed—-we’re always cooking up new ticket giveaways. Check back for more concerts to win tix to.

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