This past Wednesday the Charlene Kaye/Alexz Johnson Spring Tour made their one and only Canadian stop when they hit up The Comfort Zone in Toronto. From sound check to the after concert party, the octuplet of musicians brought the energy and fun to an intimate crowd of diehard fans.
Misty Boyce hit the stage first with just her acoustic guitar & Jay Stolar for accompaniment. The girl was such a pleasant surprise! I admit I hadn’t heard her stuff before but getting to hear her live was a treat. Her voice is raw and she uses it to emote very well, watch out for this one! The girl doesn’t slow down either just before tour she released her ‘Tough Love” EP that you can pick up from her Bandcamp (http://mistyboyce.bandcamp.com/). Next up is a move to Los Angeles and more new music!
Jay Stolar hit the stage next with a rockin’ band a killer vocals. He sang all his hits including the song “Like You Do” which was featured on the CW show “90210” last year. (P.s. He dedicated it to me, still not over it!). The high point of his set is always his ability to fill a room with his voice, without a microphone. In the middle of his set Jay jumped off the stage into the crowd to sing “Holding You All Through The Night.” The song is FULL of emotions and he sings it with such passion every time it is amazing. Jay promised he is working on new music & wants to get back on the road performing soon so I’ll be holding him to that!
Charlene Kaye hit the stage next with a band that included Megan Cox & Jason Wexlar KILLIN’ it on the keys & keytar. Yes, Jason played a keytar!! Charlene’s set included a mix of songs from her Animal Love album, including the remix of Woman Up!
Ms. Kaye also treated the audience to a couple of new tracks that had us dancing in the audience. And of course she included “Dress & Tie” in her set, but without Darren Criss in attendance, she had a group of us fans up on the stage to fill in for him! Careful Darren, we’re comin’ for ya!
Alexz Johnson, hometown favourite, was last to take the stage and she showed that she wasn’t anyone’s “Instant Star” anymore. Since her role on the Canadian show ended back in 2008 Johnson has been keeping herself busy creating music in NYC, Nashville and L.A. Her latest project, her “Skipping Stone” EP was produced independently and she funded an American tour last summer completely with Kickstarter, raising $67,000 - more than twice her goal!
The show ended with everyone crowding onto the stage to rock out to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” complete with people dancing in the black lights in the audience. Once the festivities were finished in the venue (in all honesty, we shut that place down, they had to ask us to leave so they could close up!) the fun continued on the street where Jay Stolar treated us to a tidbit of “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
Overall, the night was AMAZING filled with talented musicians and great energy. This quartet is just getting started in their music careers and I’d say they are headed one million percent in the right direction.Make sure you check out their songs and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
For a whole bunch of photos click HERE
For a mess of videos click HERE