Alex Aiono slayed his sold out “Feel Like Tour” stop at Highline Ballroom in NYC! With his good friend and collaborator Trinidad Cardona kicking the show off, the duo brought the house down and made sure the crowd had the night of their lives.
Alex sang and danced his way through his high energy set with a huge smile on his face the entire time! The energetic crowd was singing along to every word. The show was one nonstop dance party from start to finish, and Alex did an awesome job keeping the crowd involved. He even brought up a special fan and serenaded her on his acoustic guitar halfway through the set.
Alex got his start by posting his now iconic mashups of songs on YouTube. He included his Drake/Nicky Jam “One Dance/Hasta el Ananecer” mashup as part of the set, and it was 🔥🔥🔥. We love that Alex has the moves, the vocals, and producing skills. He is the total package.
We’ve been hearing “Does It Feels Like Falling” absolutely everywhere lately, and judging by the reaction that Alex got during his sold out show, you’ll be seeing and hearing much more from him soon! We can’t wait to see him on his next tour, and we can see him selling out even bigger venues around the country.
Pick up a copy of “Does It Feel Like Falling” featuring Trinidad Cardona on iTunes now!
We saw Cam for the first time in 2014 when she opened for Dan + Shay on their first headlining tour at Highline Ballroom in NYC. Her set was so much fun (one of our favorite openers ever!) and we knew we’d be hearing much more from her in the future. Since that show, Cam signed with Sony, released her debut album “Untamed,” and had her first #1 single, “Burning House.” Cam came full circle last week when she came back to Highline Ballroom on her first headlining tour, the “Burning House” Tour.
Cam played every track from “Untamed” during her set. The enthusiastic crowd sang along from start to finish. We love that Cam took the time to introduce every track, telling the crowd anecdotes and the inspiration for writing each song. She has a knack for storytelling, evident in both her songwriting and her on stage banter. Every story was heartfelt or hilarious, or a little bit of both. She reminded us of another blonde country star: Dolly Parton!
Cam had one of the coolest sets we had ever seen, turning the stage into a beautiful house in the woods complete with forest creatures and flashing stars. It got even cooler when a blacklight made it seem to glow in the dark about halfway through the set.
Cam played some new material during the show, including the head-banging “Man Hunt,” which showed that Cam can totally rock. She closed her set with the hilarious “Fireball Whiskey,” which Cam had actually pitched to the company. She said they declined since the track “does not promote responsible drinking.”
The night ended with Cam’s breakout single, “Burning House,” which turned into a very loud singalong. The “Burning House” Tour runs through December. Click here for tour dates! Don’t miss your chance to see this rising star.
Jake Miller celebrated the release of his “Overnight” EP with a sold out show at Highline Ballroom in NYC last night. The show, which sold out in 20 minutes, was packed with fans of all ages, many of whom waited for hours out in the cold to claim a spot in front of the stage. (so worth it).
Jake’s set included all of the tracks from his new EP, as well as fan favorites from 2015’s “Rumors” EP (one of the greatest EPs ever released) and his debut album. The energetic crowd sang and rapped along to every word, never missing a beat!
Jake showed off his many talents throughout the night, switching from singing to rapping. He brought out the acoustic guitar for “Selfish Girls” and hopped on the piano for “Could’ve Been Me.” Jake even pulled one lucky young fan from the crowd to sing and dance along to “Dazed and Confused” with him on stage.
As usual, it was hard not to fangirl cry when Jake performed “Millions,” his touching tribute to his fans. The crowd was prepared with signs thanking Jake for “touching a million lives.”
During the show, Jake dropped some huge news – he’s going back out on a headlining tour in 2017! He told the New York crowd he would be back at the Playstation Theatre in Times Square, where he played last Summer. You know we’ll be there! Stay tuned for the official tour announcement.
Country darlings Maddie & Tae are going on tour this Fall! They’re bringing Levi Hummon along to get the party started early. This is Maddie & Tae’s first major headlining tour, in support of their debut album “Start Here,” out on August 28th. The duo have had lots of experience on the road this Summer, opening for Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer Tour with Canaan Smith and Kip Moore. Tickets for the Fall tour go on sale Friday, July 24th at 10 am local venue time.
Check out the dates below!
“Start Here Tour” Ft. Maddie & Tae
Oct 7th – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 8th – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Oct 10th – Asylum – Portland, ME – Buy Tickets
Oct 15th – Cotton Eyed Joe’s – Knoxville, TN – Buy Tickets
Oct 16th – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
Oct 17th – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN – Buy Tickets
Oct 22nd – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK – Buy Tickets
Oct 23rd – Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 24th – House Of Blues – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
Nov 5th – Boondock’s Pub – Springfield, IL – Buy Tickets
Nov 6th – Saint Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
Nov 7th – Joe’s Bar – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
MTV is bringing their “Artist To Watch” showcase back to Highline Ballroom in 2015! This year’s lineup includes Max Schneider, aka “MAX,” Jacob Whitesides, and Raury. Past artists who have been featured in an ATW showcase have include The Vamps in 2014 and Hunter Hayes in 2013. Basically, don’t miss your chance to catch these artists in concert before they blow up! MAX is on tour with Fall Out Boy and Hoodie Allen this Summer, Jacob Whitesides just launched his own label with BMG, and Raury has been supported by artists like Kanye West. Don’t miss your chance to get tickets when they go on sale this Friday, June 5th!
MTV 2015 Artist to Watch
With MAX, Raury & Jacob Whitesides
Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
June 22 at 8pm Buy Tickets
Follow MAX and watch the video for “Gibberish” featuring Hoodie Allen
Country duo Dan + Shay just wrapped up their first headlining tour, which included a sold-out show at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. That’s right – a sold out country show in Chelsea. We’ve been counting down the days to this show since we first found out about it in May, and they did not disappoint. We can’t say enough good things about them – not only are they talented musicians and performers, they are also extremely kind and generous to their fans. Luckily we planned to see them again in Philly the next night, and they were just as amazing the second time around!
The “Where It All Began” tour is in support of their record breaking debut album of the same name, one of our favorites of the year. Dan + Shay played every song off the album, and the enthusiastic crowd sang along to every word. (You know when some artists are like “now you sing!” and it’s just incoherent mumbling / crickets? Yeah, that doesn’t happen at a Dan + Shay concert.) They also let us know that they’ve been working on new music, and played a more recent track, “Partner In Crime.” They did a special unplugged version of “Can’t Say No,” sitting on the edge of the stage like one big campfire singalong.
Their set also included covers of Def Leopard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” 5SOS “She Looks So Perfect,” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” proving that they’re just as comfortable playing rock, pop-punk, even hip-hop, as they are country. We’re sure they would have found success in any genre they chose. (Although we’re sure glad they chose country!)
Dan + Shay are one of a few artists that really leave it all on the stage, night after night. Shay Mooney has such an incredible voice and range, and his harmonies with Dan Smyers repeatedly gave us chills. One of the things that struck us the most is that you can feel how much they truly love being on stage and performing. Their genuine excitement and passion is infectious, spreading through the entire crowd. You can see how much it means to them to have people singing along to their songs, even to their hit first single “19 You + Me,” it’s still the greatest feeling in the world.
Dan + Shay Where It All Began Tour Setlist Somewhere Only We Know Nothin’ Like You Stop, Drop, and Roll Parking Break Pour Some Sugar On Me/Meet In The Middle (cover) Party Girl What You Do To Me Partner in Crime She Looks So Perfect (cover) Show You Off Free Fallin’ (cover) Can’t Say No Close Your Eyes First Time Feeling I Heard Goodbye Dynamite/Moves Like Jagger (cover) 19 You + Me
Opening act Cam is definitely one to watch – her fun set got the crowd pumped up, as she sang about everything from Fireball Whisky to real country style ( after all, “Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty!”) One of our favorite songs was one she described as what she sings to herself in the mirror to pump herself up – “Go Get ‘Em, Cam.”
The Where It All Began Tour just wrapped up in Ohio, but you can see Dan + Shay with Hunter Hayes on the road once again this fall for the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour. Check out the dates here! VIP packages are on sale as well, which include a pre-show acoustic session, Q&A, and meet and greet. Be sure to follow Dan + Shay and Secret Fangirls for more updates!
Local NYC pop-rock band We Are Stations sat down with us following their opening slot on the “Live Forever Tour” with William Beckett, Against The Current, and Paradise Fears at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. We talked about everything from how they got their band name to which artists they’d love to collaborate with. They also filled us in on their new single “Keep Your Head Up” and what’s coming up next for We Are Stations. And you’ll never guess who lead singer Steven is a (not-so) secret fan of. Watch our interview below!
We Are Stations has a perfect 90s influenced sound, which we can’t get enough of. Be sure to pick up a copy of “Keep Your Head Up” on iTunes now and check out We Are Stations on SoundCloud. Stay tuned for upcoming We Are Stations shows – they are definitely an artist you need to know.
Backstreet Boys’ resident heartthrob and newlywed Nick Carter and New Kids On The Block’s Jordan Knight had so much fun on the NKOTBSB tour they decided to team up and keep the party going. Nick & Knight are teaming up for an album and tour this fall. The duo celebrated the release of their debut album with a party at Highline Ballroom in NYC.
Nick and Jordan performed quite a few songs from the album including “Switch”, “Halfway There” (with Jordan on piano) and “Deja Vu” which was co-written by Brandyn Burnette! They also took questions from the fans, revealing more about their upcoming tour. (Trust us, it sounds amazing!) Jonathan Knight came out to support his brother and even mingled with the crowd, taking selfies with everyone. Nick brought out his own laptop and did double-duty, showing off his DJ skills during the release party.
Nick and Jordan even previewed some choreography they’ve been working on for the tour! Watch a live performance of “Switch” below! (The track, one of our favorites on the album, was co-written by Bruno Mars)
They said they will play solo material for the Nick & Knight tour later this fall and topped the evening off with Jordan performing “Give It To You.” We are still fangirling over this, because this was our JAM in 1999, and we voted for it on “TRL” almost daily.
Pick up a copy of Nick & Knight’s album on iTunes or Amazon now and check out all of their upcoming tour dates HERE!
We’re less than 2 weeks away from the release of Nick & Knight’s album, and what better way to celebrate than with an album release party at one of our favorite NYC venues, Highline Ballroom? The party (not clear if they’ll be performing or not since any concert with Nick Carter and Jordan Knight is a PARTY) will be on Wednesday, September 3rd.
British band The Vamps (yes band, NOT a boy band) played to a sold out crowd at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on Sunday. The show was part of the MTV Artist to Watch Series, which has recently featured artists such as Austin Mahone and Hunter Hayes. We were thrilled to have the chance to see them again! This wasn’t their first time playing in NYC: Back in February, they played the Gramercy Theatre with AJR. Since then, The Vamps released their debut album “Meet The Vamps,” which has been as high as #2 on the charts in the UK, and have been all over the world in support of their album.
The quartet, Bradley Simpson (lead vocals, guitar), James McVey (lead guitar), Connor Ball (bass) and Tristan Evans (drums) really mesh well together considering they found each other via social media about 3 years ago! Each member has their own unique style and musical taste (James for example is a fan of country stars like Dan + Shay), yet the music The Vamps create is pure, catchy pop rock at its best. The band’s musicianship, harmonies, and talent show that this group is more than just another band creating a frenzy among teenage girls.
Their high energy performance had the crowd dancing from start to finish! The Vamps’ set featured all of their singles, including the latest “Somebody To You,” and the first song the band ever wrote together, “She Was The One.” The crowd was singing along to every word, which is impressive for a band whose album hasn’t even been released in the US yet! They have a great stage presence, interacting with each other and also with the lucky fans in the front row!
The Vamps also performed solid covers of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” and a fun, rock version of Jason Derulo’s “Trumpet.” When the crowd started chanting “take it off,” Tristan turned it into a jam session showcasing all of their musical talents, as Brad told the audience “let’s make some music together!” If you haven’t met The Vamps yet, get ready: they are most definitely the Artist to Watch in 2014!
If you’re in NYC, you can meet The Vamps and catch an acoustic set at Planet Hollywood tonight! If not, be sure to tune into their livestream at 6PM today…they’ll be making a big announcement you don’t want to miss! The Vamps will be touring the US with Austin Mahone all summer long! Check out the dates here and get a copy of “Wild Heart” on iTunes! Be sure to follow The Vamps & The Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!