UTG PHOTOS: Allen Stone & Bad Rabbits at Terminal 5 (10/9/14)

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Under The Gun sent photographer Kellie Gannon to photograph Allen Stone with Bad Rabbits at Terminal 5 on Thursday, October 9 in New York City.

Allen Stone should already be a household name. If he isn’t known in your household yet, shame on you. Same goes for Bad Rabbits. These incredible artists always put on the most energetic, interactive, funky shows. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing both multiple times over the past few years and every show just gets bigger and better. If you have never attended a live show for either artist, you needed to put that on your bucket list, like yesterday. Also, head on over to iTunes (links below) and update your iPod, trust me and thank me later.

Allen Stone headlined Terminal 5 with support from Bad Rabbits on a beautiful fall evening in New York City. There was just a minor chill in the air, the smell of fall leaves beginning to descend onto busy sidewalks, and the sweet sounds of Romeo Testa, the evening’s opening act, as I entered the venue. This was my first show at Terminal 5, and I could tell upon my arrival that I was going to love this venue. The show was sold out, the stage is vast, the sound system booming, and there is a balcony that encircles 3/4 of the venue with an incredible view.

Boston’s Bad Rabbits took the stage amidst dim, sultry red lights to a very amped-up crowd. The guys kicked off their set with soulful, booty shaking tunes off their first album, Stick Up Kids, mixed with songs from last year’s release, American Love. Mid-set they also played their newest single, “Better Days,” which received an incredible crowd response. Bad Rabbits can do no wrong onstage. Lead vocalist Dua Boakye is a pro at keeping the crowd on their toes and moving during the entirety of their set, and the rest of the band is just as energetic, joining in the majority of the set with synchronized, choreographed dance routines.

Allen Stone is a soulful, hippie musical genius in a very young, humble body. His West Coast roots and laid-back style translate seamlessly to the East Coast and his stage presence is always upbeat and flawless. He has an amazing band and singers backing him and their energy is infectious, complete with carefree, huge smiles, and all moving their bodies in sync with the feel of the beat. Allen has the soul and voice of someone triple his age and he plays guitar with such an immense love and style that the crowd eats up every note and shouts his name wanting more. Allen always makes sure his crowd knows how thankful he is for their appreciation of his music and thanked the crowd multiple times throughout the evening. They played an extended version of “Celebrate Tonight” as the third song of the night, catapulting the entire venue beyond cloud nine for the remainder of the set. By far, the crowd favorite of the night was “Unaware,” from Allen’s self-titled and originally self-released second album. Currently he is working on a third full-length album, Radius, set to be released on Capitol Records this year.

The entire evening was nothing short of magical, and it was the kind of show that ignites a spark in your soul and makes your heart smile. Check out the photos from Allen Stone and Bad Rabbits below and be sure to grab tickets next time they grace a city near you!


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