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O’Town Reunites at the El Rey with special guest Carly Robyn Green

After a decade break, the O-Town boys joined together again Thursday, February 25 at a sold out show at Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre to dazzle Angelenos with their singing and dancing talents.

Starting in music lover central, Los Angeles brought the packed theatre of mostly screaming girls as the four band members in hip skinny jeans and colorful high tops never lost a beat as they captured the crowd’s undying attention. The boys (now men) with their fresh fun non-stop moves and catchy beats intoxicated all of us, even my guy friends. We tried to dance along and pick up their snazzy dance steps while the crowd went buck wild shouting for more.

At one point all four singers picked up many audience members cell phones and took selfies and videos of themselves and the crowd. The reaction was screaming bliss from the El Rey girls gone wild.  What impressed me the most was the energetic show they put on because all of their boy moves were perfectly in-synch while they reminded Los Angeles how they reached star status with their catchy tunes and range of vocals. It was hard to even turn your heard for fear of missing something fun.

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O-Town (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

In 2000, Clive Davis gave audiences firsthand insight into the creation of a pop band on ABC’s “Making the Band,” a reality series produced in association with J-Records and Bunim/Murray Productions. Before “American Idol,” “X-Factor,” or “The Voice” premiered, the program gave audiences a behind-the-scenes peek into the developmental process of stardom, from casting, to songwriting and recording, to making music videos, to touring. Audiences watched the process unfold week after week, in the first reality series of its kind.

By the end of Season 1, “Making the Band” spawned a boy band that rivaled *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and LFO. A handsome and talented group of teenage heartthrobs was born, and O-Town was an instant success.

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O-Town (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

Under the helm of manager Lou Pearlman, who also managed Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block, O-Town quickly climbed the charts. Their most iconic song – “All or Nothing” – reached #3 on Billboard’s adult-contemporary chart. Teenage girls worldwide knew the names and faces of Ashley Parker Angel, Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick, and Jacob Underwood during the pinnacle of the “boy band” era of pop music. Now, after a ten-year absence from the music scene, the band is all grown-up and they have reunited as a quartet. Their new album is entitled Lines & Circles, and they are embarking on a much-anticipated reunion tour across the U.S.

To get the crowd warmed up, modern adult-contemporary recording artist and songwriter Carly Robyn Green performed with her mesmerizing Disney-like voice. Her breath-taking melodies will give you goosebumps and melt your heart as she belted out her collection of original love songs, like “What Love is All About.”

Carly’s music has been featured on women’s television shows like “Dance Moms,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Real Housewives,” “Young & The Restless,” “Fashion Star,” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” She sang back-up for Cee Lo Green, opened for Chris Brown, and sang alongside Deborah Cox.

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Photo credit: Carly Robyn Green

Carly Robyn Green’s single WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT will be released on March 22. Find Carly at Herb Alpert’s club Vibrato on Wednesday, April 6th for her release concert! 

Another show starter included the band Rome Will Burn, an electric duo that reminded us of a hazy 80’s pop video as the shirtless guy in blazer named Manifesto jammed on the electronic violin with the pop-ish singer bopped around stage as they delighted us with their dynamic energy and cool sound. We totally dig them!  Of course after a little research we learned the lead female singer Alyssa Suede happens to be Beck’s brother!

Never a dull night in Los Angeles! Music of all genres can mesh together to provide a moving melodious maestro of memories!

 

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