Apparently, Nick Jonas isn't big on vacations.
With the Jonas Brothers on hiatus, Joe Jonas plans to work on his acting career. Kevin Jonas, who got married at Oheka Castle in Huntington last month, will focus on settling down. But Nick? He plans to keep rocking.
The 17-year-old has teamed up with producer John Fields and three members of Prince's former backup band, New Power Generation, to create Nick Jonas & the Administration, which the youngest Jonas says is more influenced by Stevie Wonder than Elvis Costello. To charge up his fan base before the band's debut, "Who I Am" (Hollywood), arrives Feb. 2, Jonas is hitting the road, stopping at the Beacon Theatre Thursday night and tomorrow.
Although the show will feature more riffs and fewer stage antics than the usual JoBros show, there will, no doubt, still be lots of screaming.
Nick Jonas & the Administration: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 7-8, Beacon Theatre, Manhattan, 631-888-9000; ticketmaster.com. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
"Jonas executed what was obviously a well-planned and well-rehearsed performance. Musically, it's hard to find much fault in the delivery. Though there were some 'off' moments, like some vocal notes and piano keys that landed awry here and there."
- Daniel Rodrigue, Dallas Observer
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"Coming across like a young John Mayer, Jonas' songs were crisp and a little brooding. As advertised, this was a rock show, filled with more musicianship than spectacle."
- Pete Freedman, Spin.com
"Being a boy-band pop icon with a Disney TV show can have a bit of a polarizing effect . . . this Administration is worthy of some new-demographic support."
- Catherine Mallette, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Though Nick Jonas & the Administration are still tweaking their setlist, here's what they played this week in Nashville:
* "Conspiracy Theory"
* "Stronger (Back on the Ground)"
* "Olive and an Arrow"
* "While the World Is Spinning"
* "Before the Storm"
* "Fireflies / Use Somebody"
* "Black Keys / A Little Bit Longer"
* "State of Emergency"
* "Vesper's Goodbye"
* "The Way You Make Me Feel"
* "Rose Garden"
* "Last Time Around"
* "Who I Am"