Turn Up the Music: Alessia Cara Concert
Alessia Cara has been a staple in my car for the last year. Obviously, Here was a huge hit and propelled her to stardom, but Alessia and her album, in my opinion, has been underrated—maybe until more recently as Scars to Your Beautiful has become an anthem about self-acceptance and body positivity. If you’re not familiar with Alessia, listen to the 2 A.M. version of Here and you’ll instantly be sold on her talent.
The concert was at the Paramount Theatre, a small, gorgeous, intimate theatre in downtown Denver. There were two opening acts: Nathan Sykes and Ruth B; both whom I was unfamiliar with. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by Nathan Skyes. He was a pop-R&B singer and performed a few of his singles and songs off his upcoming album. He was great on the piano and I was impressed by his vocals. When engaging with the audience, Nathan was quite adorable and charming. He reminds me of one of my favorite R&B acts, Travis Garland. He has a few singles out that are worth checking out. I added Give it Up (featuring G-Eazy) and Kiss Me Quick (both he performed) to my Tidal when I got home.
One minor critique: the fog machine. People…fog should have some sort of effect or impact on the performance. I don’t know what effect it was supposed to give to Nathan’s performance. But I’ve noticed that artists are adding it and it’s distracting visually. Stop it.
Ruth B. then came on stage—the crowd went nuts. She had a huge following in the audience and in between acts I overheard a mother state that her daughters came to the concert to hear/see Ruth B. rather than Alessia. What?!?! Ruth B. came on stage dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans. I enjoyed her songs and you could tell she is an excellent songwriter—I would love hear her songs sung by other artists (which in my research on her, she is not interested in at this point). My major critique is that she did not appear engaged and had an awkward stage presence. Her melancholy style made it difficult for me to be interested. Her band was AMAZING and had high energy, but she did not match their enthusiasm. She’s still a relatively new artist, so there are areas in which she’ll grow.
Now for Alessia. She was amazing. Hands down. Vocally, she is talented and it showed as her vocals in person matched or exceeded the studio version of her songs. Wild Things and Outlaws were incredible live. Alessia was so personable and sweet as she interacted and spoke with the crowd. Her messages about self-esteem, self-acceptance, insecurities, and body positivity were expressed between songs. With many young girls in the crowd, it was a welcomed message. She was engaging and her band was great! When she performed Here, everyone was hyped, as expected. She also added a new verse which followed the flow of the original song and its message. Check out a short clip on our IG.
Alessia gave a great performance and unlike some artists, her live vocals were on par (or superior) with the studio version. She is definitely a must-see!