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Keshi Put His Raw Talents on Display for a Sold-Out Crowd at Revolution Live

Keshi performed for a sold-out crowd at Revolution Live. See more photos from Keshi's performance at Revolution Live here.
Keshi performed for a sold-out crowd at Revolution Live. See more photos from Keshi's performance at Revolution Live here. Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
On Saturday, rising singer-songwriter Keshi brought hell and heaven to a sold-out crowd at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. It was the third stop of the North American leg of his Hell/Heaven Tour, which sold out completely on both sides of the Atlantic.

During his two-hour performance at Revolution Live, the Houston native delivered uninterrupted waves of emotion, with a setlist that focused heavily on his debut album, Gabriel. Backed by a band consisting of guitarist Vin Landolfi, drummer Dornell Howard, and keyboardist Deejay Williams, Keshi's soulful vocals sounded just as good as they do on his studio-recorded tracks.
click to enlarge Rei Brown opened the show at Revolution Live. See more photos from Keshi's performance at Revolution Live here. - PHOTO BY MICHELE EVE SANDBERG
Rei Brown opened the show at Revolution Live. See more photos from Keshi's performance at Revolution Live here.
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Before Keshi took the stage, Japanese-American singer Rei Brown opened the show. Described as an indie-electronic artist, the singer delivered a mixture of lo-fi, R&B, and pop music, playing songs such as “Honest” and “Forever,” as well as a few unreleased tracks, including a collaboration with YouTuber-turned-musician Joji.

When Keshi took the stage at 9 p.m., the 27-year-old did not hold back. Sporting an oversized sweater vest and ripped black jeans, Keshi gave the audience a peek at his raw talents. With a setlist that spanned his five-year career, Keshi used his high-octave voice to quickly adapt or make note changes throughout the performance. This gave the show a sense of live experimentation, with the singer picking an electric guitar at times to accompany the melancholy mood he was building.
Revolution is a midsize venue, which meant Keshi's stage production was relatively minimal. Save for a large LED backdrop, the show didn't feature the many bells and whistles found during live shows today. Still, the stripped-down element paired well with Keshi's lo-fi aesthetic, which doesn't need the pyrotechnics and light show to impress.

Instead, the heavy lifting was left to Keshi's backing band, which helped add a distinct yet euphoric rendition of the singer’s recent works. The band completely transformed tracks off Gabriel, including “Get It,” “Touch,” “Hell/Heaven,” “Angostura,” and “Gabriel.” And although his tour was in support of his debut, Keshi didn't leave out fan favorites off his four prior EPs, with tracks like “Talk,” “Like I Need U,” “Drunk,” and “Right Here" peppered throughout.
Perhaps feeling grateful they could score tickets to the sold-out show, fans seemed enthralled by Keshi, frequently singing along and raising their phones' flashlights. Fan adoration aside, Keshi's Hell/Heaven Tour feels like a celebration of the obstacles he had overcome to become the artist he is today.

Setlist:

- "Get It"
- "Somebody"
- "Beside You"
- "Like I Need U"
- "Westside"
- "Less of You"
- "Talk"
- "Touch"
- "Milli"
- "Sins"
- "Drunk"
- "Understand"
- "Skeletons"
- "Hell/Heaven"
- "Angostura"
- "Right Here"
- "Limbo"
- "Angel"
- "Gabriel"

Encore:
- "2 Soon"
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