MKTO gives a 'Classic' performance for Stage AE crowd

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For teens, it just doesn’t get better than MKTO when it comes to music.

The dynamic duo performed Tuesday night at Stage AE, and delivered just what fans were waiting for.

A legion of teens and tweens filled Stage AE to watch MKTO take the stage along with openers Liberty Deep Down, Tiffany Houghton and Action Item.

MKTO finally hit the stage around 8:45 p.m.and was well worth the wait. Performers Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller showed passion and talent, feeding on the liveliness of the crowd, and in many instances, building off their own excitement.

They performed hits including “God Only Knows,” “American Dream” and “Classic.” “No More Second Chances” reached a crescendo as Mr. Kelley and Mr. Oller beat drums together. It was a brief moment that showed just why music fans adore duos.

Revving up the crowd just before MKTO was Tiffany Houghton, who electrified the stage with her charm, talent and charisma. Ms. Houghton wore a dazzling red shirt and high-waisted, navy blue shorts. She performed songs for the audience including “Love Like That,” her hit tune “Band Boy,” and a live acoustic version of her new song “Island.”

Is there honestly anything more American than a girl decked out in red and blue with an acoustic guitar?

Another unanticipated surprise was the performance by Action Item, an American pop band with four members — Anthony Li, Brian Cag, David Buczkowsi and Dan Brozek. Lead singer Mr. Cag carried much of the same personality and style on stage as Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. The group performed songs including “We’ll Be Fine” and “Last Day of Summer.”

One of the most memorable songs from the band was “Brave,” a song that Mr. Li told the crowd was meant to encourage others that dreams do come true. Mr. Li’s enthusiasm also took center stage for most of the band’s performance as he jumped over drums and managed to still play his guitar in mid-air.

First Published August 5, 2014 12:00 AM

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