“What makes you great is not what you do but, how you do what you do”
― Constance Chuks Friday
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Ending the small run with these …
The last show in this small run of concerts ended tonight in Layton Utah, with David Archuleta still on the mend from the flu that he fought off diligently on Saturday night, but eventually cut his concert a little short, with the promise of a make up date at Christmas for all attendees.
Since that time, we hope, David has had an opportunity to recouperate amid a miriad of well wishes on every type of social media platform. Poor Kari also got struck by the bug, and so Team Archuleta hopefully had a short amount of time to heal and rest before tonight’s performance.
An announcement today from BandsinTown that the show was still on, and the anxious concert goers started to share their pictures of the event.
I hope this small run proves unequivocally what an undeniable draw David is … still is. Not a flash in the pan, not a fleeting pop idol with long abandoned followers. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Almost 4 years after major concert tour, his voice, his presence, his professionalism, his affect on everyone who hears him was borne out in the audience reaction which included repeat attendees (many took in all 4 shows) as well as those who moved heaven and earth to be at one only one show. David is BACK, different (of course!) but in many ways the same, and better than ever!
David takes the stage!
And based upon saving his voice, his sister fills in with her own brand of ‘banter’!
Last night, Lisa STUNS us with her black and white twitter pics. As if we needed to be stunned more!!!!
BOTW, Credit: Lisa
And then, the Mayorga sisters get into the act!!!!!! I’m guessing this may be Nunca Pense?
A great Layton RECAP!
Thanks to Larzwik for her recap! From our comments
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Fans and Friends connect!
there are SO MANY MORE! I’ll try to update with more on Tuesday
THIS SUPER SPECIAL SPOT SAVED FOR VIDEOS!!!
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Mary Dee’s Recap!
We are so excited to present you with Mary Dee’s recap from Idaho Falls! Thanks so much for writing it M!
September 19, 2015 1:56 AM
OHMYGOSH!!! The show tonight was something else. It was more than a concert! It was like having David, (yes, your bff David, who’s been away for a long time) walk in to your living room and casually chatted, sang, joked around, rambled on, sang on the piano, and opened up his heart to a dear friend. Nope, not just any friend- just the trusted ones. And today, I’m one of them! Weird, I know. But that’s how it felt, to me at least. So, yes, I am a bowl of mushroom soup as I type!
That was the first part of my journal entry the night of David’s second show in Idaho Falls. It did feel cozy and personal. Today, as I watch the videos from the Thursday show, I feel an overwhelming gratitude to Shelley, Liza, Nancy, and the numerous Archuninjas for braving the video police inside the venue, thus providing us a wealth of videos to enjoy over and over again.
So, after the back-breaking-grand-total of 14 hours on the road, we finally got to Colonial Theater at 5:30 pm. We saw David by the doors and so we took a picture with him. Okay, it’s the poster with the giant SOLD-OUT sign (shhhh, don’t tell anyone!!) We went in to get our will-call tickets then I called Shelley a.k.a. Angel of Kindness, to tell her that we had arrived. We agreed to meet at her hotel lobby and she gave me the GOLDEN 7th row ticket.
After checking in at our hotel to freshen up, we went back to the venue at 6:15 pm. There I met a lot of Archies who were so nice and friendly- Jani, Liza, Linda, Lily, Daize, Nancy, Keiko, Greg, Shelley, Jane, and a few others whose names escape my foggy brain. I was so happy to meet them.
Then it was concert time. Gracie was very good at what she does. Her voice was so sweet. No disrespect to her, but my heart really was waiting for David to come out on the stage. Then a veeerrry long intermission!!! Aaarrgh!! (Daughter said it was just about 10 minutes but I swear it was longer ) I didn’t leave my seat.
Then the lights went out. Everyone was up on their feet applauding, whistling, screaming, woohoo-ing very loudly (okay that was me!) And then David came out running to centerstage beaming and glowing and waving with both of his hands up saying “Thank you! Thank you guys!” as the band started TOSOD. I didn’t wanna sit but… oh well!!
He sang the first four songs in quick succession: TOSOD, SOWK, DRA, SBL. He said “I want to be able to sing as many songs as I can.” Let me just say, if you haven’t been to a David concert, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? GO TO ONE ALREADY!!!
TOSOD- you can feel his joy singing this song. He was sorta dancing and doing his signature David groove. Tried to take vids but my hands were shaky so I stopped. Tried to take pictures but none came out good. I just left the camera running and hoped that I’d capture some good audio.
SOWK- he totally owned it. In my opinion, he sang it better than anyone who’s sang that song.
DRA- goodness gracious! I am happy to be still alive at this point but, tbh was close to losing it.
SBL- out comes my flashing heart courtesy of BITNA app (download it and give David some colorful hearts). Linda (the liver lady) was busy “raising the roof” almost the entire SBL. I love her, she’s so cool Liza elbowed me and said Kendra was looking in our direction and smiling, she thought that maybe Kendra saw the flashing hearts. The great partner in crime that she is, encouraged me to hold it up some more. So, yes, I did.
Tarzan Medley- what do you think of David’s scatting? YEAAAAHHH!!! Me too!!! So fun to dobedoop dabada with him. My daughter said it was one of her favorite numbers on the show. She was surprised that David would do a number like that at all. She loved it.
BEAUTIFUL- he mentioned one of his sisters and sang a little bit of a 1D song “that’s what makes you beautiful” then shook his head smiling. Then he said “knowing that you are a child of God makes you beautiful”. He sang it differently than the recording. I could tell that he was struggling because he went for the lower harmonies rather than the big notes. Still he sounded fantastic. He knows how to use his voice and put the notes in the right places. He sang it beautifully. Very crafty. I was waiting to hear the little growl that he made on the recording and it happened!!
ALTNOY/Elevator/TMH medley- After rendering the audience breathless with Beautiful, I am happy that he sang these songs. The audience was singing with him. By TMH, he held his hands out to the audience and Linda and I gravitated to it, we held ours out too! Wooops! I warned you I was losing it but hey, he looked at our general direction so, yeah, eyeball number 1
MKOP- he sat at the piano and rambled about a time when teen magazines would ask him about his kind of girl. One girl in the audience yelled “I love you” and he said “thank you even though you don’t know me”. He then went on rambling and being animated and singing “I’m not gonna write you a love song” waving a finger. It was hilarious. He sang MKOP in a faster beat (I think), coughed halfway through a line, and spoke “maybe”, shrugged his shoulders and smiled at the audience. I swear, nothing could be cuter than that!
Pride- great song and I love what he does with his voice in this song. I just thought that the drums was a little too loud and drowned David’s voice at some points.
Forevermore- As he was introducing this song, Greg held up a Philippine flag and David recognized it. He asked if there was anyone else in the crowd who was from the Philippines, so the lights came on. He acknowledged someone from the back of the room, then I yelled “Ako din! Nandito ako!!” (translation: Me too! I am here!) Then he looked and pointed at me saying “oh we have another one over here”, YIIIISSS eyeball number 2. Then someone from the balcony yelled “Mahal kita, David” and David looked up and said “I know that too, it means I love you”. Then he said something like “I’m glad to see so many of you in the audience tonight” before proceeding with his intro of the song. Now this is a real gift. Forevermore is one of my favorite songs of all time and hearing David sing it has been a very special moment for me. It was hauntingly beautiful. The audience was very quiet, I could hear my heart pumping. Thunderous applause, whistles, and woohoos waited until the last note was sung. I coughed and blinked the tears away.
DGU- He called Gracie back on the stage. I loved how he held his mic away to not overpower Gracie’s sweet voice.
NUMB- I wasn’t prepared for this. It was so brave of him to open up that time in his life when he faced real struggle to the point that he almost gave up on what gives him joy. His voice cracked at one point while he was sharing and covered his face with both hands wiping his eyes on his fingers. I remember what he said in the I Am Still Alive vlog and how many thought he was angry and scolding his fans, when it was the very time that he had shut himself out from the world because he was scared to face it. I felt sorry for him. I just hope that he’s over that phase for good. Glad to know he’s found his way back and has renewed courage to keep going. He sang Numb with so much passion. The lyrics speak to the heart. You could hear the cry in his voice. It was beyond beautiful. Everyone on the floor was up on their feet after this song! And the applause continued for a few minutes while he thanked the crowd and drank water. I wonder when he plans to release this song?
Everybody Hurts- I was still trying to calm my nerves from the last number and then he sings this song. Ooohs and ahhhs and whistles from the audience as David nails the big notes one after the other. And after singing so many powerhouse songs that require tremendous vocal skills, David’s voice held out strong! Woohoo!!!
Crush- when David sang the first chorus, the people on the front rows stood up. Towards the bridge Linda, Jani, Liza, and I were also up on our feet waving our arms, and before the song was over, I looked back and almost everyone was already on their feet. David held the mic out to the audience and we sang the last chorus with him until it faded. After thanking the audience profusely over the screams and applause and whistles, David walked out of the stage. That last standing ovation did not stop though. It went on even after the lights on the stage went out. It was ridiculously beautiful. I am sure David felt the love from Idaho. Oh my heart was so full!!! People were chanting MOOORE, and David- David-David. It was a long and crazy standing O. Then the spotlight came back on and the band walked in. The bassist started playing then Kendra gave the crowd the beat and we clapped on. David walked back on the stage and introduced the band.
Nunca Pense- he didn’t say anything about the song but he said something about the earthquake in Chile and said he was thinking about the people there and said something about Independence Day or something. One person from the balcony said something in Spanish and David acknowledged her. There was a brief exchange in Spanish. He got the audience to join him in singing oh wop oh oh wop while he sang the bridge. I think Linda, Liza, and I were excellent oh oh wop -ers. Yeah!!! We got this, David!
Glorious- he introduced the song the same way he did at RootsTech. He invited the audience to sing with him and we did! It was glorious.
Then, the final standing O. He walked to the left, right and center stage to bow, wave, all the time saying his thanks. He turned around to clap for the band, waved to the audience one more time before running towards the backstage. Lights out!!
Whoever was responsible for coming up with this repertoire was a genius. David had his audience in his hands. He was chatty and very relaxed. And he sang like it’s no one’s business.
I went back to the hotel with a full heart, I couldn’t even say anything. Hours later, I was still awake coz I couldn’t shake off the happy feeling. So I turned on my phone and listened to the audio that I had recorded and watched the show again in my mind.
I hope I get another opportunity to watch a David concert.
THAT WAS A GREAT RECAP!!!! Loved reading this and so happy to got to see David!!!!!!
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David in the NEWS!!!!!!
A nice little article announcing David’s show last night:
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I am quite enjoying, from a distance, these ticket escapades that have been going on for these concerts! Good job Kari and David!
The answer is HONDURAS. H-O-N-D-U-R-A-S!
And Keiko shares a pic of the nicely laid out merch!
And the nicely laid out venue!
The intrepid concert goers share their not-so-subtle signage!
And we got to see the birthday girl’s seats! (Happy Belated Donna!)
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David tweets us, pre concert
David reveals what is on his mind …
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More from Idaho Falls!!!
Lily was UBER GENEROUS and provided a slew of new pictures and recaps from Idaho Falls. Read and enjoy!
From Lily: It was truly amazing this Friday night in Idaho Falls! The first 3 rows
in Center Section was mostly filled with local fans, men & women, boys &
girls, young and old, and many who had served a mission! It was a
high-spirited audience cheering David on… and he fed on their
enthusiasm! I was extremely happy for David, to see all the *LOVE*!
Not to be missed: Lily’s “My Hands” slideshow and recap
As soon as we heard that David was doing his first full shows in Idaho Falls, Lily (@PlatinumArchie) and Sue (@SuzzyyFOD) decided we were going to get tickets and fly in from San Diego to hear that beautiful voice! Filled with anticipation for the first show on Thursday night, we got to the Colonial Theater early and started meeting and talking with other fans. Everyone was asking…what was David going to sing? And will there be a new song? You could just feel all the excitement and energy in the theater right before he came out on stage!
Then we heard the familiar intro to TOSOD…as he sprinted out on stage! We had front row seats that first night, so it was pretty awesome for taking pics and hearing David at his best. It was apparent that his energy increased with each song, as he started to move around the stage and even do a little dancing. And oh those salsa moves through Nunca Pence…go David go! Love the new song Numb…and the direction it seems he’s going with his music.
There was even more energy from the audience during the 2nd show in Idaho Falls. When David asked if there was anyone who served a mission…it looked like half the audience stood up….so much support and lots of cheering! Overall, it was a ton of fun and a great adventure going to the Idaho Falls concerts! Sue attended the Layton show on Saturday night and even though David was feeling under the weather, he still was able to connect with the audience and get his message across, even if he had to talk through some of the songs. Looking forward to meeting up with everyone again and hopefully another amazing tour in the future!!
Thanking God that I was able to attend 2 shows in Idaho Falls. Flashless photography was allowed on Thursday, so I assumed this was the case on Friday night; therefore I took “stills” from my 2nd row, left section, isle-seat, with a clear view of the stage. Since many fans had beautiful pics of David singing, I focused on capturing him as he spoke to the sold-out theater, full of fans!
As we all know and love David’s song, “My Hands”, I am posting my photo selection of “his hands” at the Friday concert in the Colonial theater!
David’s animated talk regarding questions about *girls* are the first batch of photos I’m sharing, for the time being. I did not take my large DSLR camera, to limit the weight of 2 carry-on luggage. So my pics are not the clearest, but these are for you all, to “capture the moment”! He is a joy to watch, as he tells his story! David is “My Kind of Perfect”! Bravo! Enjoy!
Loved that Lily and Sue. Almost like being there, but sadly, not. Hopefully next time!
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That Make Up Show
We got a message from one of readers that the patrons of the Saturday show are already starting to get their letters re: Christmas event. Here is part of the email they received! Christmas Shows FTW!
Subject: David Archuleta Saturday Performance
To our Wonderful Friends and Patrons:
You are receiving this email because the Davis Arts Council (DAC) records show that you had one or more tickets to DAVID ARCHULETA’S performance at The Kenley Amphitheater this last Saturday, September 19, 2015.
This is just a quick introductory email to let you know that we will be contacting you in the future with further information about the on-stage offer he and I made for a half-price ticket to our DAC the Halls performance with David this December.
Because David decided he wanted to do this for YOU, his fans that were so supportive of his very difficult performance on Saturday, we really have no other details at this point. Mr. Archuleta with a fever, no voice, aching body, and virtually no energy, went out on that stage in front of 1700 expectant people on Saturday and, like the true star he is, gave them all that he had! Why? His decision to come back was made very quickly because he’s a man of integrity and wanted to give you the show he had planned and rehearsed for you (only this time…with Christmas/Holiday songs too).
So, there are MANY DETAILS for the Davis Arts Council (DAC) to work out with Mr. Archuleta and his team. We do not know dates yet, we do not know pricing yet, we do not know the where the concert will be held yet. The DAC’s usual holiday program (which is called DAC the Halls) is held at Layton High School, which is directly across the street from The Kenley Amphitheater. However, we are not certain where we’ll be for this year yet. Although rest assured you won’t have to bring your winter parkas and sit in the freezing amphitheater.
What a trooper and professional David is. As my quote of the day says above … it’s not what you do, it’s HOW you do it.
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Oh to have lunch in Idaho!
A lovely crew of beautiful faces enjoying a lunch together. Lily and Sue took the pictures! I spy a slew of very special people in this crowd *missUall*
And who among you was eating ‘taters?
Here is the note from Sue:
Here are some pics I took when a bunch of fans met for lunch at Cafe Rio Mexican Grill in Idaho Falls, on Friday afternoon, before the concert. It was so much fun to meet up with people that I’ve never met in person, but only talked with on Twitter or emailed for years. We had a great time sharing our excitement and we were still full of adrenaline from seeing David’s show, the night before. All of us were filled with anticipation for Friday night’s show and could hardly wait to hear David sing again! @PlatinumArchie (Lily) and I were happy to meet up with Sharon and Janet from Minnesota at the Thursday night show…and it was really great to finally meet @BelieveDA2015 (MaryDee), so I had to take a selfie with her, Lily, Janet and Shelley’s girls…too much fun!!
As Found Around
I could fill a HUNDRED of these spots today. Can anyone say “feast or famine”?
That’s is for me right now. Thanks for dropping by, all of you!