[Editors’ Note: SPECIAL FEATURE ALERT!
We’re super pleased to welcome Sondra (aka flamom/Sonnnn/Sondra_ on Twitter) above the fold as a contributor to offer coverage of the Nick Jonas & the Administration show she attended on Monday, January 4 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. (A place Cpaig & I visited last year for the special “Jonas Brothers & Friends” benefit show, and can’t wait to return to ourselves…maybe in January 2011?)
Today, Sondra is offering a special superfan’s eye view – photo gallery & all – of the NJ&tA tour as she’s experienced it. We know you’ll enjoy this, she’s done a fantastic job. – Mememoi]
The stage for Nick Jonas & the Administration was plain and simple as I had expected, but the softness of the candlelight and the fabric draped over the piano and tables added a subtle elegance and romance that I enjoyed. I liked seeing the guitars onstage. A guitar tech was cleaning/restringing off to the side of the stage but there was no one else visible other than the band.
I appreciate this simplified stage presence while I also love theatrical type performances. Some groups are boring without theatrics but this band was very interesting because of their skill – all five guys playing were a lot of fun to watch individually. Nick and his other band members worked well together and enjoyed each other and seemed to be “feeling” each other. All four Administration guys are very passionate about their music and all five guys had similar approaches in that way. I strongly wish that John Fields, Sonny T, Tony Barbarella and Michael Bland know how important they are and how much they are appreciated. Nick doing aerials is never going to get old for me but it didn’t come to mind as a comparison while I was watching this. It was something completely different. Most of the same folks from the World Tour worked on this show with Nick but they ended up with a very different result.
The music was definitely funky, with soulful parts and definite rocking out parts. “Conspiracy Theory” truly was amazing – I was stamping my feet to a lot of the new songs I didn’t recognize but most of all to this one. It has a real hard edge that this rock and roll/metal fan really appreciated! All the funky moves Nick has developed lately definitely ran over to me watching him; I really felt the music. I am confident that this upcoming CD is going to be really and truly great, and that it will be something older people and guys want to listen to.
Nick sounded extremely good from start to finish. He did many interesting things vocally, a little bit of Prince-inspired falsetto in there along with playing back and forth with the audience at times. He was confident and enthusiastic and relaxed. He drank some water in between songs but thankfully didn’t need juice.
I enjoyed his guitar playing a lot! He reminded me a little bit of the early Elvis at times,
and I saw a little bit of John Mayer in his attitude, as well as a little Keith Urban in the way he danced around and was very fluid with his legs and the guitar. I admire the way he lets himself go up on stage…he at times appears to be absorbed fully in his playing and we the audience are blessed enough to be there to watch.
Nick’s guitar playing was a lot of fun to watch. He used at least three guitars and switched back and forth between them (all Gibsons, and thank you, Nick, for clearing that up for me). He was in Gibson’s heartland after all.
He was emotional about his playing – he closed his eyes often and he moved around the stage, checking in with the other Administration guys, and it was quite intimate at times.
During the show, he had the house lights on quite a bit.
(He definitely saw meeeee! aieeee! ha ha!…)
“Nick is dissatisfied with the auditory level of the audience participation.”
Speaking of the crowd, it was mainly made up of teenage girls, many with parents and a lot of grandmothers in tow. There were very few little girls. There was a few boys – pre teen and teenage – as well as dads and grandfathers. Everyone seemed to enjoy the concert. There was a bunch of screaming and “I love you Nick” and a lot of singing along as well. Nick has a little music fragment he sings back and forth with the audience; it apparently is being called the “oh oh oh oh.”
Nick talked a lot to the crowd. He spoke about the future of the Jonas Brothers, made attempts at humor, introduced the band, chatted casually and also delivered an inspirational speech between “Black Keys” and “A Little Bit Longer” at the piano. It is brand new for this tour and I have to say I found it very relevant to my own life and very inspiring, and when a person twice his age can truly be inspired by a teenager’s words, that is pretty darn cool.
He’s calling 2010 “the year with no fear.” He was extremely encouraging. I thought he was leading toward a religiously inspired conclusion but he didn’t finish that way. It was left unsaid, I suppose, because he left the conclusion out. He told everyone that they didn’t need to fear but he didn’t actually vocalize why not.
“Who I Am” is the encore and the audience really has fun with it and Nick loved to have everyone singing along. At the end, the whole band gathered together
and then Nick remained onstage when the other guys departed. He walked back and forth, making eye contact with people in the crowd, and flicking the remaining guitar picks up into the orchestra and balcony sections.
So this leads me to say that Nick and the Administration were wonderful for me to watch as an older fan. I felt very comfortable and very appreciated by Nick and the rest of the group. But being there along with so many teenagers and guardians who were just there as chaperones was equally as odd as it is at a Jonas Brothers concert. Meeting Nick one-on-one was wonderful; it felt to me like two regular people, with the age between us not being a factor. The show was the same way. It was about music, and was very mature. Anyone of any age could enjoy this music and this show.
I conclude that not only does the audience have to grow up a bit with the Jonas Brothers and Nick Jonas, but they need to go ahead and do it faster than they might have thought. Nick’s definitely creating music for all age groups now and I think it’s a great direction to be heading. I expect the Jonas Brothers’ music to follow this path and I wholeheartedly encourage it!
Most of all, I’m gratified that I get to see this show two more times. I could see it every night and not get enough. The merchandise is well done but costly as is the case with all merch these days. The program is very beautiful and worth picking up.
Please visit my YouTube account – http://www.youtube.com/flamom1 for extensive concert photos and video footage of most of the above.
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