Aly & A.J. Concert Review
Written by Jeff Ramella on May 18, 2019
By Donald Moran
Aly & A.J. appeared at The Wellmont Theater, promoting their latest album “Sanctuary” on May 14th, to ¾ full house of mostly college-aged women, excited to see the former Disney teen stars live.
The opening act “The Armors” was an energetic, 90’s/ Early 2K- style band, offering a menu of Wheezer/ Dave Matthews inspired tunes that made the evening seem a bit nostalgic. Their set was well above the level expected for an opening act and the crowd responded positively.
Aly & A.J. emerged about an hour later, to much excitement. This is a semi-comeback for the duo, whose contract with Hollywood Records ended acrimoniously a decade ago. Their set was a mix of their old hits, “Potential Breakup Song,” and “Like Woah,” as well as new cuts from “Sanctuary.” They transitioned well between the 2005 crowd favs and the new material, as the latter reflects a more mature approach to the same pop themes of relationships, joy, melancholy and acceptance. The crowd loved all of it.
RATING: 8 out of 10