Fradiani Fever > Tour
Future tour dates are at the top, in chronological order. Once a show is in the past, it moves down to the PAST SHOWS section (in reverse chronological order) and gains a setlist and possibly links to other excitement.
October 27, 2018 – Space Ballroom (Hamden, CT) – Beach Avenue reunion show – Tickets
November 23, 2018 – Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT) – Info – this is a FREE show with no tickets
Nick & Nick Sr. Father-and-Son Christmas Tour
December 1, 2018 – City Winery (Boston, MA) – Tickets
December 6, 2018 – Lovin’ Cup (Rochester, NY) – Tickets
December 8, 2018 – World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) – Tickets
December 14, 2018 – Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 (New York, NY) – Tickets
December 15, 2018 – Infinity Hall (Hartford, CT) – Tickets
September 27, 2018 – NAB’s Radio Show 2018 (Orlando, FL) – all I got for ya is a tweet with a photo of Nick on stage, solo acoustic. Nick also accepted Dan Patrick‘s Marconi Award and here’s video of his interview with Dan Patrick discussing it.
September 14 and 15 – American Idol Live! (Red Bank, NJ, and New Bedford, MA). Nick was a surprise fill-in for Kris Allen, who was called away by the death of a close friend. Eric Donnelly accompanied on guitar. Nick’s short set was Scared (acoustic), Love on the Brain, and Beautiful Life. Thanks to Frank Mancini for getting video of Love on the Brain!
September 2, 2018 – Water’s Edge Resort (Westbrook, CT). Setlist. This was the last show of the summer Rock on the Water series, and it’s impossible not to love good music set against Long Island Sound on a sunny evening. The party really got started with “Forever Young,” after which pretty much everyone was dancing on the lawn in front of the stage, exactly as we probably weren’t supposed to. Band was Eric Donnelly, Nick Fradiani Sr., Kurt Leon, and Ian Tate on bass. M&G VIP session had two songs, performed by Nick, Nick Sr., and Eric Donnelly: Don’t You Remember and To Love Somebody. For video, we gotcha covered: playlist from Sue McCollum of much of the show, including the M&G songs, my selections of songs I hadn’t heard a lot yet (including Small Town), and beachtoyourfeet (one of my favorite videographers, and I still don’t know who it is!) captured Beautiful Life close up (along with DYR, Outlaws, Wild Fire, and I’ll Wait for You), while Thea Moritz got the whole crowd experience.
August 25, 2018 – Jonathan’s Ogunquit (Ogunquit, ME) – there’s photographic proof of Nick Sr. playing with Nick and that’s all I’ve got.
August 21, 2018 – The Basement (Nashville, TN) – Nick was part of Reverbnation’s New Faces slate of fresh artists. Setlist. Playlist of videos. Nick says he was raspy, but raspy suits him, so that’s all right.
August 4, 2018 – Mt. Carmel Society Festival (Enfield, CT). Band was Eric Donnelly, Kurt Leon, Nick Abraham, Nick Fradiani Sr., and Joe Ballaro. Here’s “Run Away” from the host’s FB. The host has additional photos and video to check out!
July 27, 2018 – Joe’s Pub at The Public (New York, NY): setlist. Acoustic set with Eric Donnelly and Nick Abraham. Epic night of epicness, with treats including a live version of the Camila Cabello “Never Be the Same” cover with snippet of Macy Gray’s “I Try,” performance of new song “Wild Fire” (co-written with Eric Donnelly — it’s been getting outings since Four Corners Music Fest on June 9), first performance of new song “Don’t You Remember” (co-written with Eric and Bearded!Nick), the surprise return of Beach Avenue’s “Songman,” and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Thanks to Sue McCollum, there is video of all this! YT playlist.
July 17-21, 2018 – Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Casino (Atlantic City, NJ). With drummer Jesse Humphrey and lead guitarist Nick Abraham. The awesome Eleni Chamilothori did FB Lives of three of Nick’s sessions in Atlantic City (he’s playing with Nick Abraham and Jesse Humphrey in these). July 18 gets you “No Diggity,” Matchbox Twenty’s “Slide,” and Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted.” July 20 brings Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” and the return of “Dancing in the Dark.” Highlights of July 21 include “Forever Young” and “Semi-charmed Life” (honestly, my favorite of the Atlantic City covers.
July 16, 2018 – Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Casino (Atlantic City, NJ).
July 15, 2018 – Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Casino (Atlantic City, NJ). This was a rare “Beach Avenue band” show with Nick Abraham on lead guitar, Ryan Zipp on percussion, and Nick Sr. on keyboards. Here’s a bit of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” provided by Nick Sr.: clip.
June 30, 2018 – New England Food Truck Festival (Big E Fairgrounds, Mass.). Full-band show with Nick Abraham on lead guitar.
June 28 and 29, 2018 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City, NJ), kicking off the new casino’s 365 Days of Music with an acoustic show in the Council Oak Lounge, accompanied by guitarist Nick Abraham and drummer Jesse Humphrey (usually Stephen Kellogg’s drummer, among other projects).
June 9, 2018 – Central Park in Four Corners (Hopewell Junction, NY), Four Corners Music Fest – Jammin’ in June. First hearing of an incredible bit of heartland rock called “Wild Fire” — thanks to Theresa Senato Edwards for sharing it on Facebook (here) and Sammy on Twitter (here).
May 18, 2018 – Wheaton College (Norton, MA) – as part of the alumni celebrations at Nick’s alma mater (they unleashed him on the world 10 years ago). Acoustic show with Dad!Nick, Zippi, Joe Ballaro, possibly but unconfirmed Nick Abraham. This tweet from John Sutyak, Wheaton’s athletic director, shows We Live Forever.
May 5, 2018 – Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT) – opening for Bon Jovi. This was a full-full-FULL band show: Eric Donnelly (lead guitar), Nick Abraham (mandolin, possibly other strings), Kurt Leon (drums), Joe Ballaro (bass), Mikel Paris (keyboards), Nick Fradiani Sr. (keyboards and guitar). Thanks to a number of wonderful fans who streamed parts on social media, we know the setlist included We Live Forever, Run Away, I’ll Wait for You, Outlaws, and Beautiful Life. I’m guessing what happened between IWFY and Outlaws was Scared, but there may also have been time for a cover. Musicanman34 has a fantastic collection of show pics here, including the comment that “Bon Jovi’s camp said Nick was the best opener on the entire tour!!”
April 6, 2018 – Toad’s Place (New Haven, CT). Setlist. Opener: Ian Biggs. This was a full-band show: Eric Donnelly (lead guitar), Kurt Leon (drums), new dad Joe Ballaro (bass), Mikel Paris (keyboards), Nick Fradiani Sr. (keyboards and guitar). The VIP M&G song was an acoustic version of Fallin’, captured on FB by the amazing Sue McCollum here and on YouTube by the awesome Tym Brennan here. FB Live from the incomparable Monica Anne Nichols is here, from start of the show to about 40-minute mark; FB Live from Nick’s wonderful Uncle Peter is here, going from a surprise Castle on the Hill cover (which I love with an insane passion) to the end. Twitter Moment of fan photos is here.
March 4, 2018 – Tupelo Music Hall (Derry, NH) – opening for Delta Rae. Cute interview on music listening from 603 Melody.
March 3, 2018 – Melissa Marottoli Hogan Foundation, gala for a cure (private show, shoreline CT) – here is a pic from Natural Awakenings. Here’s a snippet of Nick covering Prince’s “Purple Rain,” thanks to John Laudano.
February 23, 2018 – Daryl’s House Club (Pawling, NY) – opener Brian Jarvis, Word from Daryl’s House on their abortive livestream was that so many people were doing their own livestreams that it overloaded the wifi and made the official stream unworkable — which is a HUGE disappointment, as that venue does a fantastic professional job with livestreams. All I have is that Nick played a new cover (“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart, here, thanks to Brian Gibson), that Joe Ballaro is a whiz at pedal steel, and that Nick played one of the new songs, “Fallin'” as solo acoustic (here, thanks to Monica Anne Nichols). Setlist also definitely included “Scared” and “Coming Your Way.” Band for his show was Nick, Nick Sr on keyboards, and Joe Ballaro on anything else that needed to be done.
February 16, 2018 – Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA) – opener Grayson Ty
Where We Left Off tour
Fall 2017 tour of mostly the East Coast, often co-headlining with The Alternate Routes and thus overlapping with TAR’s Odds Makers Tour.
December 21, 2017 – City Winery (Boston, MA) – with The Alternate Routes. Adorbs photos from LizB and Pattie and Jenny Love. Video from awesome Adam Klein of the joint encore of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (possibly the last one ever). He also shared photos and a bit of “I’ll Wait for You!”
November 30, 2017 – World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) – with The Alternate Routes, using the Joe B/Eric D/Mikel P/Kurt L band configuration. Setlist. Show was filmed for WHYY’s program On Tour, an Emmy-award-winning public broadcasting series that features bands performing n the Philly region (read about it). The awesome Miguel Soto (who is the reason there’s a setlist) also provides the best photo evah, a bootleg Outlaws, photos, and more photos! Awesome Melissa NYOB got a pic of the show poster.
November 26, 2017 – Hollywood Christmas Parade – one of the slated performers (info) – coverage will air on The CW on December 15. Here’s a fragment of Nick’s soundcheck from IG. The two-hour TV broadcast showed Nick’s performance of “Little Drummer Boy” with Nick Abraham on drums (that’s not a typo). Nick performed a second song (presumably I’ll Wait for You) but it wasn’t aired (which explains the harmonica). The inestimable Marilyn Hornsby provides a snippet of the broadcast performance here.
November 20, 2017 – Eastern Connecticut State University (Willimantic, CT). This was a free show for students/faculty/staff, low cost to members of the public. Utterly gorgeous portion of “Hurricane” on FB from the awesome Maria Capela is here.
November 12, 2017 – Mohegan Sun (Wolf Den). Setlist. Unusual band line-up with both Eric Donnelly and Nick Abraham (the latter on mandolin), plus Kurt Leon, Mikel Paris, Joe Ballaro, and bonus Dad!Nick keyboards for “To Love Somebody” and “If I Didn’t Know You.” This was an epic show of epicness, including a Tom Petty-esque interpretation of “Coming Your Way,” a “Nothing to Lose” that went full-on Timberlake-meets-Springsteen (it was awesome), and moving the “Learning to Fly” snippet to “I’ll Wait for You” (co-writer Stephen Kellogg was there, too!). Nick was in a talkative mood and probably would not himself believe just how charming, witty, and informative he was (including my unironically favorite bit of truth-speaking: “all musicians have sinus infections”). The wonderful Michele Vasso captured the show as a FB Live. Sue McCollum put together a great recap with videos, here.
November 4, 2017 – The Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington, D.C.) with Sub Radio. Setlist. Elvan got a great photo and a snippet of a FULL BAND “Downeaster Alexa“! Eric Ascher took several videos, including a rare solo acoustic “In Your Eyes,” this one extremely gritty and bluesy, with audience participation (I dare you to listen to this without tears, it is everything).
November 3, 2017 – (le) poisson rouge (New York, New York) – with The Alternate Routes. Nick’s uncle Peter Fradiani got excellent video on FB Live of roughly the first 21 minutes and last 14 minutes of the show (including an 6+ minute jam version of I’ll Wait for You). Review from Diandra Reviews It All. If you’d like YouTube, workoutqueen68 captured several songs, including Nothing to Lose and Love on the Brain. Also check out Monica Anne Nichols for video, including Outlaws and I’ll Wait for You, as well as portions of The Alternate Routes’ set.
October 26, 2017 – Tally Ho Theater (Leesburg, VA) – with The Alternate Routes. Setlist. The amazing Eric Ascher took video of every song he hadn’t seen before (click here). He also obligingly wrote a fan recap! It includes the first video of the Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around cover.
October 25, 2017 – Cat’s Cradle (Chapel Hill, NC) – with The Alternate Routes. That cat wall, tho!
October 24, 2017 – The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC) – with The Alternate Routes.
October 23, 2017 – WorkPlay (Birmingham, AL) – with The Alternate Routes.
October 20, 2017 – The Abbey (Orlando, FL) – with The Alternate Routes. Setlist, thanks to Karen, who also posted fab photos of Nick and of keyboard player Mikel Paris. Video of an I’ll Wait for You with a less folk-rock feel. This is the first appearance of the Stop Draggin’ My Heart around cover.
October 19, 2017 – The Pour House (Charleston, SC)- with The Alternate Routes.
October 18, 2017 — City Winery (Atlanta, GA) – with The Alternate Routes. AFAIK, band for this segment of tour is Nick (obvs), Eric Donnelly on lead strings, Mikel Paris on keyboards, Kurt Leon on drums, and Joe Ballaro on bass.
October 17, 2017 – 3rd & Lindsley (Nashville, TN). Coheadling with The Alternate Routes. First of a series of full band shows. Hail the new merch, notably Beautiful Life T-shirts (they literally say “Beautiful Life”) and T-shirts with the EP cover. Enjoy a Love on the Brain from Go See Live Music, as well as a solo acoustic cover of Tom Petty’s Mary Jane’s Last Dance with an uncharacteristic but delightful amount of Nick being talkative up front.
October 14, 2017 – Women That Soar Awards (private event in Dallas, TX) – Facebook page that gives a better sense of what this is. Nick later told Randy Jackson (December 15 episode of Sessions podcast) that he performed The Beatles’ “Let It Be” with a horn band and a Gospel choir.
October 11, 2017 – Voodoo Lounge, House of Blues (San Diego, CA) – opener Christian Taylor. Setlist.* Acoustic show with Nick, Zippi on cajon, and Eric Donnelly on lead strings. M&G song was acoustic solo “Scared.” The show is notable for a solo acoustic “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” that got Nick to tell the “how I went to California with my band to make my fortune” story, so that he has one just like Tom Petty and Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen do. *This does not match the handwritten setlists floating around, as Nick made changes during the show. Photographer Connie Bolger recapped the show for Music Mavericks Blogazine.
October 9, 2017 – Russian Lady (Hartford, CT) – 96.5 TIC Acoustic Cafe. Setlist (same as CT Post Mall, acoustic band also appears to be the same). Facebook Live from Monica Anne. No, you’re not imagining that Beautiful Life is increasingly sounding like a The Alternate Routes song, as is the verse of Love Is Blind. Since Nick talked about being a sweaty mess after both shows, I’m gonna assume he has more than one identical brownish T-shirt because I need to hold onto some illusions.
October 9, 2017 – Connecticut Post Mall (Milford, CT). Album launch party hosted by FYE. Band was an acoustic three-piece; Nick, Dad!Nick, and Eric Donnelly. Setlist: We Live Forever, Run Away, Love on the Brain (Rihanna cover), Outlaws, Beautiful Life, I’ll Wait for You, Love Is Blind. As is traditional, Nick claimed to have just learned harmonica. View from front row as FB Live from the amazing Monica Anne or from the balcony by the incredible Maria Annatone.
September 30, 2017 – The Big E (Eastern States Exposition) – with Carly & Martina. Partial setlist. Band for most of this show was Nick (vocals, rhythm guitar), Eric Donnelly (lead guitar), Joe Ballero (bass), Mikel Paris (keyboards), and Kurt Leon (drums), with a guitar cameo by Nick Fradiani Sr. LeighAnne Wellpeak Decoteau captured I’ll Wait for You with incredibly good sound quality.
September 28, 2017 – Seven Steps Up (Spring Lake, MI). This was an acoustic show with Nick Fradiani Sr. on keyboards and Eric Donnelly playing lead guitar and mandolin. It generated the best tweet ever. Click it and swoon. Thea Moritz captured part of “Outlaws” (with Nick Sr. on keyboards, this is currently a rarity!).
September 27, 2017 – Schubas (Chicago, IL) – with Michele McGuire. This was an acoustic show with Nick Fradiani Sr. on keyboards and a Eric Donnelly playing lead guitar and mandolin. Thanks to Sue McCollum, there is full video of the Love on the Brain cover and new song Scared. Thanks to Jenna Burrian, we have a full Outlaws. Thanks to Ashley, here’s I’ll Wait for You with Eric’s first mandolin appearance. Note Nick’s shirt: it’s from To Write Love on Her Arms, which supports people who struggle with depression, addiction, self-harm, and suicide (it’s his girlfriend’s favorite charity). Earlier in the day, WCIU’s The Jam had an interview and a live solo acoustic performance of I’ll Wait for You.
September 15, 2017 – Port City Music Hall (Portland, ME) – with The Alternate Routes (TAR setlist). SETLIST thanks to the awesome Andrea Creamer. (LOOK “Outlaws” is in the setlist!) Nick stopped by Coast 93.1 (FB pic, full interview with Blake & Eva). A few bits from the show include: adorable tweet and pic, tweet with snippet of Beautiful Life, a bit of Downeeaster Alexa, Nick photos, band photos from M&G, FIRST KNOWN SNIPPET of the Rihanna “Love on the Brain” cover, thanks to Andrea Creamer…)
September 14, 2017 – Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA) – with The Alternate Routes (TAR setlist). All forms of video seem to have been forbidden at this venue.
“Cruising Through Block Island Sound”
Nick Fradiani’s era of touring New England and the mid-Atlantic, through the first three-quarters of 2017, never had an official name, so I stole one from the lyrics of one cover song that appeared on most setlists of this period.
July 22, 2017 – Boulton Center for the Performing Arts (Bay Shore, NY). Full setlist thanks to Media Jackie’s FB Live of almost the entire show (plus Sue McCollum’s answer to my question about a song). Acoustic show, notable for the first acoustic performance of “Run Away,” the first appearance of “Slide” (Goo Goo Dolls cover, apparently substituting for “Dancing in the Dark”), an utterly gorgeous arrangement of “Hurricane” that Nick says he’s almost satisfied with, and the mysterious-though-apt appearance of bits of “Learning to Fly” in “I’ll Wait for You.”
July 20, 2017 – Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts (Westport, CT) – opener Jake Bernard. Possibly complete setlist. First 40 minutes or so on FB Live, thanks to Monica Anne Nichols right here. Youtube video from Brady Alex covers at least 2/3 of the show here and here. Nick was in a delightfully talkative mood, and the band delivered the best “In the Long Run” ever.
July 6, 2017 – Surprise song with Mike DelGuidice and BIg Shot (Uncasville, CT, Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun). Video of acoustic “Downeaster Alexa” with piano.
June 24, 2017 – Connecticut Irish Festival (North Haven, CT): setlist (thanks to Monica Anne Nichols for FB Living it, which you can enjoy here). First performance of “Run Away,” slated to be the second track from the forthcoming EP. “Love Is Blind” also got rather Sheeranized. Nick spilled water all over himself again but got his Irish heritage nailed down and taught the audience to do amazing clapping patterns.
June 3, 2017 – Jonathan’s Ogunquit (Ogunquit, ME): setlist (thanks to FB Lives by Media Jackie, Monica Anne Nichols, and Peter Fradiani). This was an “acoustic show” with no bass player and no drum kit (let us not forget that cajonists have cojones). Sweeter and more spontaneous than Musikfest earlier in the week, with livelier banter (including Springsteen-esque band intro!), plus Nick managed not to spill anything on himself and only had a minor tussle with the microphone.
May 29, 2017 – Musikfest Cafe at Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks (Bethlehem, PA): setlist (constructed from Media Jackie’s FB Live and live tweets from John J. Moser of The Morning Call). Show was notable for the return of “No Diggity” with double the funk, a definitely countrified “All on You” with pedal steel, and some of the band’s tightest playing ever. If you watch only one past show, this is the one. (Moser’s review is very positive, and he’s no pushover!)
May 26, 2017 – Ridgefield Playhouse (Ridgefield, CT, with opener Amanda Ayala): setlist (the wonderful Media Jackie was able to capture the first 10 songs on Periscope, Shannon Mitchell got some more on IG Stories, and Thea Moritz did Facebook Live). First outings for “I’ll Wait for You,” written with Nick Abraham and Stephen Kellogg, as well as for a full version of “Scared,” both on the EP planned for summer 2017. Also first time duet with Nick Fradiani Sr. of the Bee Gee’s “To Love Somebody.” Plus new bass player Joe Ballaro, and first time “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” had a bass part.
March 25, 2017 – Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY, with openers Todd Carey, Oak & Ash): setlist. Show included first live outing of “Dancing in the Dark” cover, first harmonica-infused “Coming Your Way,” new T-shirts.
March 21, 2017 – Boston Flower & Garden Show Preview Party (Boston, MA): first acoustic “Come Together” cover (video).
February 24, 2017 – Daryl’s House Club (Pawling, NY, opener Zach Heckendorf). Show includes: first cover of Billy Joel’s “Downeaster Alexa,” more developed outing of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” than in Sacramento last fall, second live “We Live Forever,” first live “Hallelujah,“ piano-and-guitar “If I Didn’t Know You,” revived “Songman,” reggae “Howl at the Moon,” and rearranged “All on You,” “Nobody,” and “Hurricane.” Arrangement of “Nobody” is particularly striking. Full show round-up with Facebook Live video and fan extras is here.
These are shows from the first appearance of potential songs for Nick Fradiani’s solo debut album, Hurricane, up to the announcement of his parting of ways from Big Machine Label Group. I reconstructed this section when nickfradiani.com added the BandsInTown “past shows” feed in mid-August 2017, and have supplemented that partial list from memory. As a result, there may be incomplete information for some shows. If you were at one and have video, please share!
December 8, 2016 – All-Star Christmas (Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun). Nick was a late replacement for an ailing Megan Trainor (announcement). Also on the bill: Lindsay Stirling, James Bay, OneRepublic. Setlist. Notable for Nick’s tackling Trainor’s big hit, “All About That Bass,” which he was also goofing on during the soundcheck, and for doing the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” opening to “Love Is Blind” (as in the acoustic Firehouse 12 video).
October 27, 2016 – Moon Shine Grind (Alpharetta, GA, third act on bill with Marc E Bassy, Tinashe, One Republic, and Flo Rida). Setlist here, thanks to video of the full show by Nikki Ashaka. Official photos from the sponsor radio station, Q100, are here. Zippi put together a behind-the-scenes video montaged to “Beautiful Life,” so if you’ve ever wondered what Nick gets up to back stage before a show, check it out here. There’s also a back stage interview with Q100 Atlanta, where Nick confesses he didn’t come up with a Sexy Ken Bone costume for Hallowe’en. It’s a hoot.
October 1, 2016 – Barktoberfest (Shawnee, KS). Bill also included Rockin’ Rob, Mikey Needleman Band, High Dive Heart, and then after Nick, Simple Plan and MAGIC. One of Nick’s friends reportedly said: “You’re playing a show for dogs?” It was to benefit dogs, and being outdoors, there were probably dogs present. Setlist included “Howl at the Moon,” “Beautiful Life,” “All on You,” and “Love Is Blind” Rhonda Knight recorded those four, and let’s do AOY since it rarely got recorded live in this era. I believe this was the show with the brilliant murder-ballad-style acoustic arrangement of “In the Long Run.”
September 17, 2016 – Guilford Fair (Guilford, CT). This was an epic show filled with epicness, including a rare performance of “In the Long Run” (thanks, Erin Callahan, for capturing it!) and probably the only full-band post-Idol performance of “Because the Night,” plus the best “In Your Eyes” I’ve heard.
September 9, 2016 – Breast Concert Ever (Sacramento, CA), with We the Kings opening, and then after Nick, Ingrid Michaelson and A Great Big World. Setlist. Once again, heatsaiah recorded the whole show (double the length of last year!). This one marks the first post-Idol appearance of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” (Tom Petty cover).
August 21, 2016 – WIXX Back to School Show (Oshkosh, WI), with AJR and local contest winner. WIXX posted a video of possibly the best live-band arrangement of “Get You Home,” being both wistful and jazzy. (It’s substantially better than the studio version, having essentially morphed into “Hands on Me.”) There’s also a brief video with the radio station host, in which Nick copes with the pronunciation of his name.
July 2, 2016 – Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI). Show announcement.
June 22, 2016 – Star 99.9 Aquatic Pool & Spa Party (Shelton, CT). This was a private acoustic show in the Tartaglia backyard (which they won in the radio station’s contest — the show, not the yard), but there’s a surprising amount of video to enjoy. Songs included: Beautiful Life, Nothing to Lose, Howl at the Moon, Forget2ForgetU, Love Is Blind. Nick’s interview with small Hayden is among the most adorable things ever, especially when Hayden asks if Nick likes his sister. There’s also a regular grown-up interview and coverage in the local newspaper.
June 21, 2016 – River on the Rooftop (Nashville, TN, Hard Rock Cafe), opening for DNCE. Cranky It Country did a highlights reel that includes parts of “Forget2ForgetU” and the last definite “Ride Wit’ Me.”
June 19, 2016 – 97.5 KISS-FM Summer Kick-off (Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods). On bill with Mike Posner, BBE, Nelly, and Charlie Puth. Setlist included “Nothing to Lose,” “Howl at the Moon,” No Diggity,” and “Beautiful Life.” I believe there was an outdoor pool-side set as well.
June 16, 2016 – St. Anthony’s Italian Festival (Wilmington, DE). For once, an audience where people can pronounce “Fradiani”!
June 12, 2016 – Old Port Festival (Portland, ME), on bill with Tickle, Karmin, Parachute, and The Time Pilots. Coast 93.1 has photos. You can listen to Nick’s interview with Blake and Eva of Coast 93.1.
June 10, 2016 – B93 Big Summer Show (Modesto, CA), on a bill with Genevieve, Shawn Hook, High Dive Heart, and MAGIC. (Nick was likely the second-to-last act.) This was an acoustic show. It was the first outing for a live performance of “Hurricane,” and we got to see that Nick appreciated the historic State Theatre. The sound guy also seems to have enjoyed himself. Photo of performance. (Sadly, this was also the night that Christina Grimmie was murdered after her show in Florida. Nick’s condolence tweet. The show they both performed at was the streaming Tubeathon on April 21, 2016).
June 3, 2016 – St. Louis Uncorked (St. Louis, MO), midlining the Bud Light Main Stage between The Big Rigs and Rachel Platten. There are pics with Bearded!Nick in this gallery.
May 28, 2016 – Lake Palatine Palooza (Tyler, TX). Article mostly saying what this is. Nick Fradiani was the headliner.
May 13, 2016 – College Street Music Hall (New Haven, CT), with openers Sarah Barrios, Ian Biggs, and The Alternate Routes. Setlist. This show was downright historic, being the first-ever live performances of “Every Day,” “In the Long Run,” “Forget2ForgetU,” and “If I Didn’t Know You,” as well as the only performance of a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Video: If I Didn’t Know You, Purple Rain, also In the Long Run.(this last thanks to Thea Moritz!) As promo for the show, 96.5 WTIC ran a contest where a fan got to have lunch with Nick and his family at his parents’ house: video (BE NICE).
April 21, 2016 – Aloft Hotel (Minneapolis, MN). Acoustic show. This was the show right after Prince died, when Nick meant to do a cover of “Purple Rain” but got such bad food poisoning that everybody’s happy he didn’t hurl on the front row.
April 19, 2016 – Aloft Hotel (New York, NY). Acoustic show. Thanks to Jackie Jaskulek, we have an early acoustic performance of “Love Is Blind,” notable for Nick’s admitting that he introduces every new song as “this is one of my favorite songs off the album.” (Much later, in summer 2017, he will refer to this as a “verbal tic.” I figured he just was really excited about some of the new songs.)
April 14, 2016 – Aloft Hotel (Orlando, FL) Acoustic show. Thanks to Janine Rudolph, there is video of the first-ever acoustic performance of “Nobody,” as well as another Nelly “Ride Wit’ Me.” At this time, nobody had heard any version of “Nobody” before, and we weren’t even 100% sure of the name of the song. This arrangement is substantially different from its next appearance at Daryl’s House in February 2017.
March 31, 2016 – Chicago, IL. There’s a radio-sponsored show where Nick played “Love Is Blind” for the first time and affirmed this would be the era of acoustic “Ride Wit’ Me” (both captured by Jenna Burian). I think this was also the first outing for “One Love/I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and acoustic “Get You Home.”
December 12, 2015 – All-Star Christmas (Wallingford, CT). Early in a bill with Charlie Puth, The Band Perry, Nate Ruess, Rachel Platten, and Rob Thomas. This is the most important show of this era because Nick played only his own songs in his set (Hands on Me, Howl at the Moon, Beautiful Life, and the first of only two performances of Dream in the Dark). He also endearingly insisted on introducing Rachel Platten as “smart” when the host was pushing for “beautiful,” and he and Rob Thomas surprised a delighted audience with a duet of “Bright Lights.” Here’s video of Bright Lights. Thea Moritz also captured Dream in the Dark and Hands on Me in a single video.
December 6, 2015 – Uncorked and Unplugged at Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg, VA). With Marc Scibilia, David Cook, and A Great Big World. (I believe Nick was supposed to be the second-to-last act, but he swapped slots with AGBW because they needed to be done earlier.) He’s dreaming of a “White Christmas.”
November 14, 2015 – San Clemente Outlets (San Clemente, CA). Tree-lighting concert with Nick Fradiani as mid-liner between John Lindahl and American Authors. Americajr did a highlights reel that captures the year’s first outing for “White Christmas.”
November 6, 2015 – Live in the Vineyard (Napa, CA). This show marked the first outings for “Nothing to Lose” and “Get You Home.” Stark Insider provides a tantalizing snippet of Nothing to Lose and a full interview.
October 2, 2015 – my99.9 Little Black Dress party (Colorado Springs, CO). Acoustic show.
October 1, 2015 – Pinktober (Denver, CO). Acoustic show. Jenn Bergstrom provides video of “Hands on Me” and “Ride Wit’ Me” (at the time, a real shocker, since we were all used to “No Diggity”). This seems to be its first appearance.
September 14, 2015 – KC101 show at Woodwinds (Branford, CT). This radio listen-to-win show was the first performance of “Howl at the Moon” (video by Shannon Perrone). FOX 61 talked with Nick.
September 11, 2015 – Breast Concert Ever (Sacramento, CA) Bill included Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Matt Nathanson, and Matt Kearney. The awesome heatsaiah recorded what seems to be the whole show (Coming Your Way, Feel the Beat, No Diggity, Beautiful Life).
August 12, 2015 – Bite of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV), on bill with Andy Grammer, NEEDTOBREATHE, Lifehouse, and Matt Nathanson. Thanks to Jessica Amber, we have video of the very first performance of “Hands on Me,” which was at the time rumored to be the first non-coronation-song single from Nick’s debut solo album. (It ultimately didn’t make the album.)
American Idols Live!
The Top Five toured in the summer of 2015, hitting something in the 30-40 city range, at least one-fifth of which seemed to be in Florida. Since all shows had the same setlist, here is a set of videos from Nick Fradiani’s solo performances, with his storytelling where possible. Video are from MJ’s Big Blog except for IWGU, which is from YouveGotTweets.
- American Girl (Tom Petty cover)
- Honey I’m Good (Andy Grammer cover, added at the hometown show, introduced with snippet of Back Home)
- Coming Your Way (Beach Avenue original)
- I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz cover)
- No Diggity (Blackstreet cover, with snippets of “Thrift Shop” and “I Can’t Feel My Face”)
- Beautiful Life (coronation song)
Shows between winning American Idol and starting the American Idols Live! Tour
Nick Fradiani played a surprising number of shows in the six weeks or so between winning and going on the Idol tour. Most were radio-sponsored listen-to-win gigs, and I’ve never been able to construct a list that matches the number of shows Nick says he did, so this section is limited to shows tied to noteworthy events. There were about 10 additional radio-station shows. Photo 94.7 Fresh.
July 2, 2015 – Red Rock Casino (Las Vegas, NV). This was a short set at a private party celebrating radio station Star 107.9, which posted its video of “Beautiful Life.”
June 29, 2015 – B93 Big Summer Show (Modesto, CA), just ahead of Christian Burghardt, with Becky G, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Rachel Platten. This was an acoustic show. Setlist is here. There is a highlights reel from radio station sponsor KOSO.
June 26, 2015 – Tyson’s Corner (Virginia), opening for American Authors. Setlist. Thanks to Eric Ascher, there is video of the full show, including banter. This show contains the only known performance of “Get Up Out My Way” and the lone post-Idol performance of “Take Me Home” (Beach Avenue).
June 25, 2015 – Oake on the Water (White Bear Lake, MN), sponsored by Cities 97. It was on this trip to Minnesota that Nick Fradiani recorded the version of “Beautiful Life” that’s on the Cities 97 Sampler for that year. Thanks to Ritter429, here’s the version from the live show (it was a breezy day!).
June 7-ish, 2015 – MIX 104.1 Lounge (Boston, MA). Acoustic show. It has a No Diggity, as one does.
May 29, 2015 – Star 99..9 Michael’s Jewelers Acoustic Session (Trumbull, CT). Acoustic show. Videos of some songs plus a two-part, in-depth interview are here.
May 28, 2015 – Spotlight Theatre (Hartford, CT). Show was sponsored by iHeart radio stations. This is the one where Nick Fradiani and his dad, Nick Fradiani Sr., performed the duet of “Songman.” Here’s a detailed article from NBC, and here’s video of the lovely Songman moment.
May 27, 2015 – Russian Lady (Hartford, CT). This was Nick Fradiani’s first show back in Connecticut after winning American Idol, a private acoustic show sponsored by 96.5 TIC. Coverage from FOX 61, with video of “Beautiful Life,” “Bright Lights,” “Coming Your Way,” and “No Diggity,” is here. The setlist also included “Feel the Beat” and the only known post-Idol performance of “I’ll Be” (Edwin McCain cover).