Even with a winter advisory in full effect, nothing stopped fans from packing the House of Blues in Chicago for Tinashe‘s Joyride World Tour.
A relatively newcomer from Canada named JAHKŌY kicked things off with a mix of upbeat and smooth R&B tracks. The Chicago crowd seemed to be in to it the whole time.
As time grew near for Tinashe to make her presence felt in Chicago, fans throughout the music hall discussed what songs she would perform. Most were hoping for some classic gems. I overheard a duo of loyal fans discuss with others on how they are traveling town to town wherever the tour goes. Now that’s true artist loyalty.
If it was cold outside, Tinashe was sure to heat things up. She opened with her recent new banger, Ride of Your Life. From the get go, you could tell a lot of work went into making this tour happen. From the awesome choreography combined with powerful vocals to the great band breathing new life into an already great track, and this was only the first song.
The show continued with tracks from her previous projects – In Case We Die, Black Water, Amethyst, and debut album Aquarius. Plus Tinashe gave Chicago a preview of what’s to come on her sophomore album, Joyride. Shouting out, “Here’s some brand new shit for you”, Tinashe proceeded to perform a track said to be titled This Is So Exclusive. Audience participation was at an all-time high as Chicago helped Tinashe sing all tracks, especially during her acoustic set.
It should be noted she sung with no background track, meaning what you got was the real, raw, uncut voice of Tinashe. This just goes and proves what she said during her acoustic set was true, “Besides you [the fans], music is my only love”. The dedication and love for her art is real.
The production on this tour is top notch. As stated, the live band adds a new twist to tracks, plus the excellent illuminating light schemes gave each track a different feel. For example, All Hands On Deck performed live is what you’d expect, hard drums mixed with flashing lights. During the course of the show, there were interludes and intermissions, but it really didn’t feel like short breaks as introductory films would play on the screen indicating what was coming up next. One of the breaks was a dance intermission that saw Tinashe’s dancers enter with each of their names appearing on the screen, performing a solo routine that included tracks Antidote, Pop That and Down in the DM.
The Joyride World Tour came to an end in Chicago when Tinashe closed with All My Friends, which once again had everyone in attendance with their hands up and singing along. After the song, Tinashe thanked everyone and left the stage as the lights went dim. It seemed as fans knew Tinashe would return for an encore as there was one song in particular that wasn’t performed in the essential set list. Fans began chanting her name as Tinashe returned to the stage to perform her 2014 breakout hit, 2 On. After two performances of 2 On, Tinashe thanked Chicago and took a bow.
If you’re a diehard Tinashe fan, it’s a no-brainer to go to the Joyride World Tour when it hits your town. Even if you’re vaguely familiar with Tinashe, check out the tour. The energy, stage presence and audience interaction is excellent and she does it with a smile the entire time.
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