May 28, 2019

 Photos: @ryanmax94


Last Wednesday night proved to be one full of talent as Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis dawned the stage at the PNE Forum.


The night began with a well-orchestrated set from Mia Carucci behind the turntables. Now she didn't have her pet wolf beside her this evening, but the ones who came early enough to warm up were rewarded for following the manifest. The Miami-born DJ set the tone with some Tego Calderon, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Cassie and Destiny's Child.


Shorty after Carucci departed, one half of the main event made her way onto her set. Kali Uchis started off by presenting her hit "Loner". A song that may be the best song about being a loner. The crowd serenaded along to the anthem as if they were programmed by Genius. The spectacle was beautiful and paved the way for what would be a pleasing night at the PNE Forum. The Colombian-American singer showed off some diversity by covering the classic 1992 single, "Creep" by Radiohead. Yes, the song does have a frightening title, but Kali had a way of making it an elegant and personal piece of art. 


The only way Kali's set could have been better, was if Tyler, The Creator flew from the rooftop to help lead the masses in the singing of "After The Storm" but instead she made the most of her solo act and gave her fans everything she had. 


It should be also noted that the live bands added to the value crowd absorbed throughout the night. As a fan, when music is brought to life in front of you with a talented lead singer and seasoned musicians with their tools, it's easy to be satisfied.


After Kali got off the stage and the set crew alongside a yellow forklift were finished turning the stage upside down, it was time for the other half to gracefully make her way towards the microphone. The UK sensation had arrived.


Could Jorja Smith get any better? If so, how would that be scientifically possible? She is uber talented, to say the least and on top of that she is humble. You would think she was from our land based on how many times she said "thank you" to her many fans. 


Jorja began her set with "Teenage Fantasy" and from the point forward she had everyone in the palm of her hands. They were all mesmerized. Jorja continued to wow the crowd with hit after hit and thank you after thank you. She performed Lost & Found fan favourites such as "February 3rd", "Where Did I Go?", "Lifeboats (Freestyle)", and "Blue Lights". She also turned back the clock and performed art from Project 11 with the song "Something In the Way". Afterwards, she hit the people with quite possibly her nineteenth "thank you".


Once her set ended, the lights dimmed and the clueless ones began to make their way past the exit doors. To their disliking, both Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith returned and possessed the stage together with covers of Destiny's Childs "Say My Name" and the late Amy Winehouse's "Stronger Than Me" before giving fans what they wanted: "Tyrant" and a lot of confetti. 









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