An Evening With the Folk-Pop Musical Pair, Us The Duo!
Posted On 14 Aug 2014
With only two more shows left in their very first US tour, the charming and romantic couple, Us The Duo, hit the Fonda Theater stage on Tuesday, August 12th.
Three years ago, these two solo artists from opposite sides of the country randomly met, fell in love, and combined their talents to form Us The Duo. Michael and Carissa Alvarado have been writing music together ever since and have been burning up the social media airwaves with their clever covers and pop-folk songs from their recent album, No Matter Where You Are ever since.
Michael and Carissa performed songs from their new album which tells the story of their relationship from beginning to the present. Michael started the show by telling the audience how he first came to meet his blushing bride:
“I grew up in North Carolina my whole life and my college roommate one day decides that he wants to move to LA to be an actor and he needed a road trip partner, so obviously I volunteered. We make it to LA and then I get this tweet from a guy who’s like “hey do you want to be an extra in a music video shoot?”, so I’m like “yeah, duh”, so I showed up to his house and I opened the door and there’s just this sea full of Asians, which I’ve never seen before. You don’t get a lot of those in North Carolina. And then this little Filipino girl walks out of the crowd and says “Hey I’m Carissa, it’s so good to meet you.”
Their set included the lead single from their album, “No Matter Where You Are” which has the two beautifully harmonizing with each other.
Other songs in their set included “Final Bow”, “Don’t Lay Your Head”, “Smile & Keep Your Head Up”, “Girl In LA”, “Never Gonna Leave You” and more. They also performed their own unique version of Sia’s “Titanium” which certainly impressed the crowd.
Us The Duo’s lyrics verge quite frequently on the schmaltzy/cutesy side but they are indeed true folk singers. Towards the end of the evening, they also made a video/selfie of the crowd which was quickly posted on THE VINE. For the encore, they sat at the piano and played a few of their favorite TV theme songs which everyone got into and sang along.
I dare anyone to go to one of their shows and try not get your heart stolen by these two lovebirds. There is something so innocent, so pure, so lovely about them and their performance. While this was not my first time seeing Us The Duo perform live, I was still as impressed with them as the first time I saw them last year play at the smaller venue, The Troubadour in West Hollywood.
For more on Us The Duo, check out my interview with the couple here.