MKTO – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA – March 26, 2015
The duo MKTO with members Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller both started off their careers as actors, but began their group in 2010. Their first single “Thank You” was released in January of 2013 and following that their hit single “Classic” was released in June of 2013.
The two took stage on Sherman Theater at East Stroudsburg University on Thursday March 26th and preformed an hour long set for their fans. The show began with two openers, one DJ who brought the crowd’s energy up and a singer/songwriter from New York named Ari Zizzo, who preformed a handful of original songs, but also had the crowd singing along when he covered songs by both One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.
During the show Malcolm and Tony preformed many songs from their self titled album MKTO including “American Dream,” “Classic,” “Thank You,” “Goodbye Song,” “Heartbreak Holiday,” “No More Second Chances” and “Could Be Me.” The duo also preformed some new songs that have yet to be released: including “Afraid of the Dark,” “Bad Girls,” “Monaco” and “Just Imagine.” Along with singing their owns songs, they covered Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s new song, “FourFiveSeconds.”
Tony and Malcolm received many loud screams as they announced that they are working on a bunch of new music for their dedicated fans. The two also announced that their new single would be “Bad Girls.”
The fairly small crowd allowed for a more intimate experience for the fans. It was filled with a wide range of boys and girls in high school, college and some that were younger. A phone was thrown on stage which caught everyone by surprise, but Malcolm and Tony did not hesitate to pick it up and take a video with the crowd.
Constantly jumping around on stage and being full of energy the guys kept the crowd going. At one point the guys got some water bottles and I thought it was for them to drink, but they had some other ideas. Spraying water all over the fans had everyone screaming about who was going to catch the water bottle after they soaked them with it.
Overall the duo had a great start to their singing careers and with the new music that they are going to put out, they can only go up from here. They kept their fans entertained and had great energy throughout the whole show. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next!
Photos by Ruth Bekele © 2015