A few months back, my friends and I were browsing Ticketmaster to see what kind of cool concerts were coming to the Cleveland area this year. I happened to run across 15 dollar tickets for Allen Stone at the Grog Shop for November, so obviously I jumped right on them. For those who don’t know, Allen Stone is a young R&B soulful artist who writes some of the best lyrics I’ve heard. So a small group of my musically inclined friends and I made our way to Coventry for his concert last Sunday night. Little did I know this would play out to be a night of pure inspiration and awe. First off, Allen’s opening acts blew me away, but were nothing compared that the show he gave. I’ve never seen such a young artist so full of life and soul so close (I was basically standing ON the stage). His voice and music already were moving to me, but this 23 year old has crazy pipes live too. I turned into a star struck 10 year old and just jammed with him the whole time. After the show, Allen’s drummer handed me their set list, so we ran to the line to have Allen sign it. I tried to play it cool when he called me “sweetheart” and shook my hand as I searched for an intelligent question to ask him. All I could come up with was showing him a photo of a guy I had seen that resembled him. Allen’s rebuttal being: “That dudes way uglier than me!” We shared a laugh and a few more words, took a photo, and I left totally on cloud nine. The high goes on, as Allen Stone followed my Instagram and commented on my photo of he and I. I was just totally uplifted by the experience and it makes me that much more hopeful that there’s a place for us starving artists.