“We just got off the All Around the World Tour,” said band member Princeton. “There were fans we didn’t get to.” (The group cancelled an Augusta date in August when the tour was cut short because of technical problems.)
Mindless Behavior, the band that compares its style to that of the Jackson Five and New Edition, will take the Bell Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Tickets are $44.50, $57.50 and $89.50 from georgialinatix.com, 877-4AUGTIX and at the James Brown Arena box office.
Members are hitting a few other arenas this month before heading back into the recording studio next month and getting serious with their third release.
It’s been a big year for the band, which released its second album, All Around the World in March and a DVD with the same title in July.
For Princeton, this year brought a personal milestone.
“I got my license,” said the singer, who got his start at the age of 4, appearing in commercials for McDonald’s, Skechers and Nike in addition to music videos.
Before becoming the headlining act, Mindless Behavior opened for bands including Backstreet Boys’ This is Us tour and Justin Bieber’s Pop Con. The band’s first single, My Girl, received more than 14 million views on You Tube and was nominated for a 2011 BET Viewers’ Choice Award.
Princeton said he feels the band is coming into its own and is defining its sound.
“We recorded our first album when we were 13 years old,” he said.
“We didn’t know a lot … We’ve transformed from little boys to young men.”
Taking the stage prior to Mindless Behavior is Chris Scholar, a 20-year-old singer out of Virginia, who released his Language Arts EP on Nov. 29.
Scholar, who writes much of his own music, is inspired by the R&B sounds of the 1990s. Some of his musical inspiration comes from artists such as Michael Jackson and Erykah Badu.
Scholar said he’s excited about opening for Mindless Behavior in Augusta and plans to bring a performance with “a lot of energy” fans will enjoy.
He’s looking forward to 2014, during which he plans to “shoot a lot of music videos” to keep his music out there.