Always Adele set for Tower Theatre show

The seven-piece cover band promises an authentic Adele experience in Fresno on Friday.

An Adele cover band offering a show that’s part concert, part performance art is headed to Fresno’s Tower Theatre on Friday. 

The band, known as Always Adele, gives people a chance to experience Adele’s music locally. 


The big picture: Always Adele is a seven-piece band led by lead singer Sarah Stallman, who along with her business partner and bassist Duke Carpenter steered the group to a few concerts in Southern California before preparing to head up to Fresno on Friday. 

  • Stallman has performed around the world, working for companies such as Universal Studios Singapore and Holland America Line. Throughout his extensive career, Carpenter has also opened for The Beach Boys and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Other band members have a wealth of experience in showbusiness and music, including working on The Voice and American Idol. 
  • Friday’s show will be two 45-minute sets of nearly 20 of Adele’s most popular songs, including Easy On Me, Someone Like You, Hello and Skyfall. 
  • The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online. 

What they’re saying: Stallman told The Sun that the show is meant to be an immersive experience, showcasing not only Adele’s music but her personality as well, complete with wigs, dresses and British accents. 

  • “This is meant to be for people, because Adele’s playing in Vegas – and it’s extremely expensive to go to her show, and I know because we went,” Stallman said. “Not everybody can make it to Vegas for whatever the reason may be. So what we really are trying to do is to give those people a chance to come and have as authentic of an experience as we can give them.” 
  • Always Adele will also perform When We Were Young, a personal favorite of hers. 
  • “On top of just being a beautiful song, I feel like it’s just one of those songs that can be interpreted a lot of different ways,” Stallman said. “I’ve seen people use that song for a lot of different things, different life occasions. Sometimes I get emotional when I think of how that song has impacted other people, so I really like that one a lot.” 
  • It’s the group’s first time performing in Fresno, and they’re excited to head to the historic Tower Theatre. 
  • “There’s a pretty wide variety of music that comes to there, so with our show what I’m hoping to bring is a concert that a wide variety of ages can come to,” Stallman said. “We have had everyone from highschoolers to grandmas. The music really does, I think, speak to a lot of different demographics and age groups. I hope that our show is a chance for anybody in Fresno who just loves music, that they can come and enjoy this night of great music. There’s a bit of comedy in there too. We would love to see a pretty wide variety of people there.”
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