On July 24th, Toni Watson, professionally known as Tones and I, brought the heat (during the heat) to Boston’s House of Blues for the second show of her North American Madhouse tour.
From busking on the weekends to filling venues, Tones has come a long way. In 2019, Tones created quite a name for herself when her earworm “Dance Monkey” hit the charts. Three years later, Tones brought the hit single and her street performer spirit to the Boston stage.
People of all ages filled the House of Blues, bringing an enthusiastic energy that lasted throughout the night. Anticipation and excitement could be seen in everyone’s faces from the moment the doors opened, to the first drone of the bass. Dancing could be seen even before the opening performance began. It was clear that the crowd was pumped to see the artist.
When it was time for Tones to go on, the stage was decorated with a big house that really brought the Madhouse vibe. With the colorful lighting and Madhouse decor, the concert was next level.
Tones opened with “Never Seen The Rain,” blowing the crowd away with her strong vocals. The audience seemed to know every word right off the bat.
The crowd got even more excited when Tones brought out a bunch of signed t-shirts, frisbees, and baseballs—in honor of Boston’s known love for America’s national pastime—and more all from a local Target, which she explained that she had never been to one before. Throughout the show, her and her band members tossed the autographed goodies into the crowd.
Tones and I continues to show her talent through writing, singing, and playing the keys. This concert was definitely a show worth seeing, even for the soon to be fans.