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By Hannah Marr, News Editor • June 21, 2024

Kiesza rocks U Street crowd with handstands and harmonies

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ryan Lasker.

Kiesza gave her all at a U Street Music Hall concert on Monday night, doing handstands in between songs and encouraging the crowd to let loose at the start of the workweek.

The breakout singer of “Hideaway” performed a short seven-song set that included high-energy tracks with fast beats and ballad-like, slower songs. But the transitions flowed seamlessly, making for a balanced and satisfying performance.

Young fans in their twenties crowded into U Street Music Hall, a relatively small, underground space with low ceilings and dim lighting. When Kiesza strutted onstage donning a stylish mohawk and black jumpsuit, the crowd roared, and the singer responded by going right into her first song.

Singer-songwriter Kiesza. Photo by Flickr user Christopher William Adach under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
Singer-songwriter Kiesza. Photo by Flickr user Christopher William Adach under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Running along the small, 20-foot-wide stage, Kiesza pumped up the crowd with her powerful voice and interacted with her audience, responding to people’s “I love you!” screams in between her lyrics.

The performance opened with Kiesza’s original “No Ememiesz,” a fast beat that riled up the crowd within the first few bars. Accompanied by two baseball jersey-clad dancers, a drummer, and a powerhouse DJ, Kiesza showed off some impressive riffs and even more impressive stage presence.

Later on, Kiesza lowered her tone of voice and spoke directly to the audience, calming down the vibe as she segued into a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

With this piece, the singer showed off not only her vocal talent but also her piano skills, playing beautiful chords to match an equally splendid voice, sharply contrasting her first song of the night.

Cell phones swayed to the mellow beat high in the air.

Kiesza continued by showing off two gems from her new album “Sound of a Woman,” which debuts October 21, leading into the final and most anticipated song of the night: “Hideaway.”

As she performed what is undoubtedly her most popular track, concertgoers’ hands flew into the air as their bodies shimmied down low, dancers on stage echoing the crowd’s energy.

Kiesza didn’t perform an encore despite the audience’s desperate cries for “One more song!” after she had gone backstage.

Though her performance lasted less than an hour, Kiesza gave the crowd an eclectic mix of sounds from her diverse repertoire, transitioning from upbeat, electronic tracks to relaxing, acoustic music with no shortage of energy and emotion.

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