Former ‘American Idol’ contestant to perform L.A.

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By JACKIE MOE

Aspiring singer-songwriter and ABC’s “American Idol” former contestant Nick Townsend will perform in Los Angeles for a one-night show on June 20 at the Rockwell Table & Stage.

Joining the frontman will be his all-star band, including keyboardist Daniel Kirkpatrick from the band Walk the Moon, guitarist and “American Idol” contestant David Francisco, drummer and The Young Americans actor Jacob Figueroa, bassist Blake Estrada and Zach Stauffer on audio.

The band will play a one-hour show full of covers and original tunes.

“I am so overwhelmingly excited to have the opportunity to perform my first solo show at the Rockwell Table & Stage,” said Townsend.

With years of performing as a singer and motivational speaker around the world, Townsend is best recognized for his emotional audition during the season two premiere of the ABC reality show. The 25-year-old Nebraska native shared his personal tragedy about his two brothers, Zach and Matthew, who committed suicide last year.

Townsend’s time on “Idol” came to an abrupt ending, when he was eliminated in the early rounds of the show. The singer, who moved to Southern California, continues to perform and write his own music.

“Having the chance to perform my own music and a few covers from some of my favorite artists is nerve wracking, but this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. So here we go,” said Townsend.

Nick Townsend during the auditions on American Idol. ABC/Josh Vertucci.

Nick Townsend

Where: Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20

More info: rockwell-la.com/

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