Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clay Aiken Tried & True Concert a Showcase of Talent

Clay Aiken takes Tried & True Tour to Towson, MD.
Expandable photo by farouche.

Concert Varied, Up Close, Personal

Aiken More Than Amazing Voice

I enjoyed Clay Aiken's Tried & True Concert in Baltimore by way of a very clear cellcert Tuesday night, and there is nothing I could add to the fabulous review posted by Gloria Dietz of The Examiner.

Finally, a reviewer gets what CA fans have known for eight years. The headline -- Clay Aiken concert review: he is more than an amazing voice -- is just the beginning. Below are the opening graphs, but link to the entire article:
Clay Aiken knows how to entertain a crowd. He performed without an intermission for close to 2 hours at Goucher College in Towson. The venue was small and the seats were elevated with plenty of leg room, so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

This concert was as up close and personal as you can get. Clay commands the stage and this was like we were all one big happy family. He doesn’t just stand there and sing – he puts on a show that has lots of variety.

One thing in particular that is a real eye opener is that Clay lets his back-up singer and band members shine by putting the spotlight on them throughout the show. His bass player was able to tell a joke, he showcases their talent with their instruments and he banters with them as well as the audience.

The songs from his latest CD may have been from the 50’s and 60’s, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this was a boring or formal concert; his fans ranged from age 13 to 94.

Clay manages to outdo himself with every show he puts on. This concert was very casual with lots of humor and surprise acts along the way. His camaraderie with the audience is priceless, but his voice is astounding.

I first viewed these photos on my new iPhone in a doctor's waiting room this morning. They are much better full size. Link to The Baltimore Sun for the show.

Clay Aiken sings 'Something About Us' in Baltimore.
Link to YouTube to view video by Scarlett full screen.

Clay chats with two birthday "girls" in Baltimore.
View video by Scarlett full screen at YouTube.

Dim lighting perfect for Clay's rendition of 'Misty.'
View Scarlett's video full screen at YouTube.

Download these and other concert videos by Scarlett at her Baltimore link. More will be added, so remember to check back later.

Baltimore Set List

Where Do I Begin: Love Story Theme

Mack The Knife

There's A Kind Of Hush

Moon River
It's Impossible
Jazzy Medley (The Way, This Is the Night, On My Way Here, Measure of a Man, A Thousand Days, Open Arms, Invisible)
Something About Us
Foggy Town In London Town (Quiana)

Auto Tune (I Got A Feelin')
Suspicious Minds

Build Me Up Buttercup

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Who's Sorry Now (Motown, Acoustic, A Capella, Ragtime)
It's Only Make Believe

Can't Take My Eyes Off
Cry Me A River (Quiana)

Unchained Melody
Both Sides Now

In My Life

Below are five expandable Towson concert photos by farouche.

The Tried & True Tour continues in Charlotte, NC, at 7:30 pm tonight. Clay appeared on Charlotte Today this morning. See you after the show!

Have a great time, all!



janrph said...

Gorgeous photos!!!!

Anonymous said...

That Clay is such a joy, he would have loved to sit down and talk to that person being 94.(thanks for sharing that!) He probably could have had quite the time, learning. I am never surprised how he truly loves ppl of all ages and makes them feel special and they are. But he has a way and the journey he is traveling, no wonder because he is doing more than singing and he does that all so well!! God has truly blessed Us' with Clay bringing smiles Wi.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Oh My Goodness I love all the photos! I agree with Donna, "God has truly blessed Us' with Clay bringing smiles." I just love the banter....I can't believe I am missing this show!!! sniff, sniff!!


Sandy said...

Could hardly believe what my eyes were reading - a review from a reviewer who actually saw what we have seen for over 8 years now and who actually "gets it"!! Not that it takes a rocket scientist to "get it"!
Loved watching "Something About Us" and "Misty". His banter with the "Birthday Girls" was priceless! He is so much at ease with his fans this concert tour!
Thanks Caro!


Carolina Clay said...


Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the Baltimore concert blog. What a fabulous tour Clay Aiken & Co. are taking to cities around the country!

Every concert is different, and Clay has a knack for bringing audience members into the flow.