Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Stray from Frills at Low-Key Scottrade Center Concert

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Stray from Frills at Low-Key Scottrade Center Concert

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The "two heads are better than one" theory was put into practice Friday night at Scottrade Center when pop singers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas joined forces for the Honda Civic Tour, subtitled the "Future Now" tour.

The singers' considerable draw, while not nearly large enough to fill the arena, saw a decent attendance of around 7,000 fans on hand to see the longtime friends' show.

Lovato and Jonas, with a history going back to their days in Disney's "Camp Rock" movies with the Jonas Brothers, performed what was essentially one seamless set separately, thanks mostly to using the same band and backing singers (the two didn't appear on stage together, though they have in other cities).

The pair kept things pretty cool by pop music spectacle standards, opting for a low-key but effective presentation that kept the frills to a minimum in favor of putting the singers first. The staging included a short walkway that led out to the audience where a small stage was set up, and a wide screen projecting colorful video that spanned the width of the stage, further expanded for Lovato. The band was tucked in a pit just behind center stage.

Jonas, these days deftly balancing his music with acting in projects such as TV's "Kingdom" and "Scream Queens," last performed in St. Louis at the Pageant in 2015, and this quick bump up to the Scottrade Center stage felt a tad premature though he handled himself well.

The heartthrob started his set teasing his song "Levels" before fully diving into the catchy tune. He cruised through songs from his latest album, "Last Year Was Complicated," such as "Champagne Problems" and "The Difference" as well as Sage the Gemini's "Good Thing" like a pro, not surprising considering his background with his brothers.

Jonas used the fact that he visited Pappy's Smokehouse while in St. …

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