Fresh to the scene, but familiar to the fans, Khalid flooded Rogers Arena Wednesday night. With a diverse crowd, the American singer songwriter kept everyone on their feet and off their chairs. Khalid sang a mix of slow R&B soulful tunes to the heavy bass EDM songs.
Launching into the music scene just over three years now, his fandom has branched out quickly and effectively. Fans waited outside the venue to enter the massive mosh pit that was the entire arena floor.
With the popularity for his debut album, American Teen, it was obvious why his fans gripped onto every lyric and word he said. A bubbly youthful personality was instantly placed onto the stage when the show started off with a technical difficulty.
Dancers stalled on stage when a spotlight hit and the not so American Teen (20 years) anymore presented himself on stage before anyone could even recognize him. With the playfulness of wanting to start the show as soon as possible, the young crowd was screaming.
There was a disconnection with those sitting afar due to not having screens on the side of the stage. From his large simple setup as well, Khalid had frequent movement, but only held a presence for those who were near the stage.
Vocally, he had shocking levels from his comfortable range songs. With the ability to hit those high notes, his songs were perfectly suitable at the range they were.
A unique mixture of soul and pop music offered a retro feel. With similar musical sounds to John Mayer and his electric guitar, his vocals were incomparable to any other artist. Singing with a sort of twang or falsetto throughout his set, it was this recognizable sound that will allow people to remember him in the future.
Khalid has a constant interaction with fans from noticing signs, to grabbing gifts to the rainfall of bras. “What the f*** it’s raining bras out here. What the f*** is going on. I don’t even know.” expressed Khalid when a multitude of undergarments were thrown onto the stage midway through his song.
He held the largest smile during his biggest single “Young Dumb and Broke,” as everyone in the arena knew the words. His enthusiasm was poured into the well rehearsed choreography too. Doing one specific move that drove everyone nuts, a simultaneous kick and arm movement called the “shoot,” inspired from BlocBoy JB.
With similar dance moves, there’s no question why the boys of PrettyMuch opened for Khalid. Fresh faces as well, this American-Canadian boy group was created in 2016 from Simon Cowell. “This is our first time in Canada,” mentioned one of the members.
With their light exposure to the industry, they’re going to have a lot of chances to grow and learn on this tour with Khalid.
Sharing with fans that he’s been in the studio recently, the list of collaborations he’s done in the past are countless. Working alongside artists like Marshmello, Shawn Mendes, Normani Kordei to Calvin Harris, his roster continues to grow.
Singing a lengthy set list, he wrapped up the set with “OTW,” which wrapped the show nicely for the crowd.
Being one of the more influential growing artists today, Khalid can reassure music lovers that not all pop music sounds the same, in hopes that he continues to grow and expand his art.
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