Tkay Maidza and Kah-Lo at Bowery Ballroom [Concert Review]

Freddie Fine

If you didn’t catch Tkay Maidza’s Last Year Was Weird tour, you really missed out. The six date tour concluded in New York’s Bowery Ballroom, a cozy venue that could barely contain the energy Tkay and her surprise opener Kah-Lo brought. Despite me having arrived an hour and a half earlier than I meant to, I would wait 10 hours just to see that show again.

Before Kah-Lo’s set even began, people were buzzing. Amazing outfits were everywhere, and I certainly felt underprepared in my Omar Apollo sweatpants. Nobody quite knew when she’d come on stage yet there was lots of excitement and chatter as we waited. Finally, she came out for her electrifying set, and despite having not heard her music before, I was in love with the edm/club influences in her songs, creating an incredible concert environment. Kah-Lo was quite the performer, doing her own dance routines while getting involved with the crowd, telling jokes and hyping them up. However, that was just setting the stage for what was to come.

If you could see the energy that Tkay’s bassist had, then you would understand how everyone felt. She opened with the beautiful, slow, “Eden,” before immediately jumping into “Grasshopper” and never looked back. She played tracks all throughout her recent discography, from one of my favorites, “My Flowers,” to the best cover of a song ever, “Where Is My Mind?,” to the screaming worthy “Kim.” No matter how much fun everyone had (which was quite a lot), I don’t think anyone enjoyed it more than Tkay herself. She didn’t stop smiling throughout the show, feeding off the crowd’s energy and channeling it into an absolutely amazing hour long set. While this may have been the last stop on her current tour, you cannot miss her next time around.

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