Grammy-nominated artist, The Kid LAROI has been making noise in the industry since the start of the decade. With multiple hit songs, the Australian artist has been making a name for himself for his fusion of pop and rap, generating millions of followers.
Before the release of his debut album "The First Time," LAROI decided to go on a college tour titled "Bleed For You," making one of his stops in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Before LAROI took the stage, his opener Jeremy Zucker came to warm the crowd up. The singer-songwriter came out with a small supporting band and soft energy. It took a minute for the crowd to truly open up to him, but by the end of his performance, he got them prepared for the main act.
The Kid LAROI came out with a loud, vibrant set of flashing lights, platforms, and three giant dogs. Once he came out, the energy shifted as the crowd was full of excitement as he played multiple high-energy songs. There was hardly any time when the crowd was not entertained as he was constantly interacting with the group in some way; from sing-alongs, getting into the crowd himself and even getting a guest appearance from Swoop the Eagle himself.
He performed many of his hit songs like "Diva," "STAY," "SO DONE," and "SELFISH."
The best thing about the performance was how in-tune LAROI was with his fanbase and the venue. The crowd was so in love with his performance that they even chanted for an encore which LAROI gladly gifted.
Having Jeremy Zucker as the opener is a strange combination. Though both artists focus on pop music, and their fans spawned due to their popularity on TikTok, they are not the same performance-wise. Zucker has a great soothing voice and is great with guitar, but his performance is more family-friendly and perhaps too calm when compared to LAROI.
Then in terms of LAROI, he seemed to have only pandered to his pop-centered songs. While it makes sense when looking at the crowd, rap songs like "Hate The Other Side," "NOT SOBER," or "DON'T LEAVE ME" were missing from the setlist.
The concert itself seemed to go by fast as it started after 7 p.m. and was over before 9:30 p.m.
Finally, the stage was set up nicely, but the lights were too overpowering at times to get a good look at the artist.
Overall, the stage itself could have been put together better as it was less than impressive and did not match the artists' aesthetics.
Both artists gave great performances and pleased the crowd. The ability to draw a crowd of that size on a school night and keep them entertained deserves some flowers. Both artists have room to improve but showed flashes of great potential. They undoubtedly made plenty of new fans that night.
This concert was a 7 out of 10.
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