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The Lookout | October 19, 2018

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DUO’s big voices fill Dart

DUO’s big voices fill Dart
The Lookout

Sarah Spohn

A&E Editor

The voices of DUO — Pia Toscano and Jared Lee — shined brighter than the spotlight at the March 7 Dart Auditorium concert.

R&B pop singer Lee, outfitted in a blue plaid shirt, took the stage first. He was joined by a sequined-skirt wearing Toscano.

Over 200 people witnessed DUO performing for the first time ever in the state.

The evening started off at 5:30 p.m. with a special VIP meet and greet.

Okemos High School Junior Taylor Taylor took the stage next. Performing mainly original songs, Taylor wowed the crowd with her mature voice. She opened for Lee last April at LCC and has been performing all across the state since.

Music lovers traveled from Indiana, Illinois and even Iowa to see DUO. A few friends from Indiana drove two hours to see the concert.

Fans Michelle, Courtney and Daniel knew Toscano from her American Idol days and purchased VIP tickets for the show.

“Our brother (Michelle and I’s) found out through Instagram,” Daniel said.

Many of the concert-goers returned to see Lee again. He performed with his band on campus last April as part of StarFest. Lee said he was excited to return to Lansing.

“It’s nice to see some more faces,” Lee said. “We had a great time. Everybody is always really supportive and cool here.”

The concert included original songs written by Lee, including “Beautiful World” and “It’s Over (Goodbye).” The pair also covered Avicii’s “Wake me Up,” and paid homage to Cyndi Lauper’s “Time after Time.”

Fans of Toscano walked down memory lane with her during the Idol fan favorite, “I’ll Stand by You.”

Following the performance, Lee, Toscano and Taylor mingled with the crowd, autographing posters. The singers met with their fans, both old and new. Toscano spoke about her first time in Lansing.

“The energy was good,” Toscano said. Everybody is so sweet and supportive.

“It was my first time, and I remember Jared raved about his performance here last year so I was excited to be a part of it.”

Event organizer Andrew Lathrop said the concert was phenomenal.

“It was great being on the front end of their tour and just having Lansing on the map …being able to have them perform live before anywhere else.”

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