22. 2015 1:46PM
Coming to Hampton
“American Idol” top finishers hit Hampton Beach
By ROXANNE RUBELL
Special to the Union Leader
If you go...
WHAT: American Idol Live!
WHEN: 8 p.m., Wednesday,
WHERE: Hampton Beach Casino
Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd.
TICKETS: $34, $44 and $60
For Clark Beckham, Rayvon Owen, Tyanna Jones, Nick Fradiani and Jax
Miskanic, this past May marked a major turning point in their lives
when they all became finalists on “American Idol.”
Fradiani emerged the winner,
and now he and his fellow contestants — dubbed the “fabulous
five” — have hit the road for the 37-date “American
Idol Live!” tour.
Fans will have the opportunity
to get up close and personal with the talent when they grace the stage
at the Hampton Beach Casino Wednesday, July 29.
The quintet represents a
streamlined focus, as previous “Idol” tours featured 10
vocalists, including singers who have gone onto to stage, screen or
recording success, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer
Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreary and Phillip Phillps.
As contestants on season
14 of the long-running show, and with next year’s competition
slated to be the last for the series, the performers have some stories
to share. From their first appearances, it was obvious they already
were equipped with a degree of talent and experience.
Clark Beckham, who narrowly
lost out to Fradiani, hails from Nashville, where as a busker, he made
the streets his stage.
“Playing on the street
is the ultimate equalizer,” said Beckham. “It doesn’t
matter how good you are or who you are, people typically don’t
want to listen to you. When you’re on a stage, you’re socially
and literally lifted up, so when you sing, people look at you and applaud
and think you’re cool. On the street, you’re just the same
as any old cat.”
For Rayvon Owen, who is originally
from Richmond, Va., but now calls Los Angeles home, being part of the
tour and entertaining fans is blissfully fulfilling. He strives to give
the audience what he calls an “immersive and memorable experience.”
“When fans come to
see me perform, I want them to laugh, dance and have a good time, but
also I want to say or sing or do something that positively challenges
and/or inspires them,” Owen said. “I want people to get
lost in the experience and leave with something memorable and/or applicable
to their lives.”
As fellow “American
Idol” contestants and now touring mates, the five have forged
strong friendships with each other and, they hope, life-long bonds.
“It’s a dream
come true that I get to share with my new set of best friends,”
“We’ve all grown
so close. I definitely think we’ve created a bond that’ll
last a lifetime,” he said. “And it’s such an incredible
experience to sing for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people each
night. Touring isn’t new for me, however I’ve never toured
on this level before.”
Both singers and songwriters,
Owen and Beckham plan to dive into their respective career endeavors
once the tour is finished.
a ton of new material, so I’m excited to finish recording and
release a single and possibly another EP. I’ll also be delving
into some acting and modeling opportunities.”
And for Beckham, it’s
all about the music.
“I’m going to
be getting to work on my next album and hopefully start thinking about
touring again myself,” he said. “The world and music are
on the horizon.