“American Idol” diehards probably already heard about this — heck, they’ve probably been in line for a few hours — but Lee DeWyze, the reigning “American Idol,” is playing a free concert in town tonight.
It’s part of Y101′s Unplugged concert series and it’s happening at 6 p.m. at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis. It’s a good get for both of them, but for Lee DeWyze? Doesn’t winning “American Idol” elevate one past the free-shows-at-the-mall stage in one’s career?
Admittedly, I’m an “American Idol’ hater — BIG TIME! — but with all the talk about “American Idol’s” decline, I have to see this as an indication that winning “American Idol” is not what it once was. Local cover bands play free concerts at the mall too, ya know. Actually, that sounds about right. I’ve always said “American Idol” is just a glorified karaoke contest.
ON A SEMI-RELATED NOTE: New Rock 104.1 has announced the first show in its own “Unplugged” concert series. It’s with rock band Paper Tongues, who is playing at Howie & Son’s in Visalia on Wednesday. It’s a free show with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7 p.m.