The energy at Stubb's reached a fever pitch once the lights went out and a silhouette of Kali Uchis appeared center stage behind a curtain drenched in red lights. Softly singing the opening of "Dead To Me," the singer then emerged from behind the curtains to a wall of screams from her adoring fans. This tour is as huge a moment for the Colombian American singer as it is for her fans. With the release of "Isolation," she finally has a full arsenal of songs while performing at will undoubtedly be her most intimate shows as her meteoric rise is justly destined for arena shows. It is a unique time to be a Kali Uchis fan, and her most die-hards know it.
Uchis has begun to master her performance over the last few years and maintained eye contact with the crowd for the entire evening while pulling out carefully choreographed dance moves to tracks like "I Feel Love" and "Flight 22" while the whole amphitheater moved to the vibe.
Her strong suit lies in her Spanish language performances and is a subtle but firm reminder of how aware she is of her roots. In this, we got "Nuestra Planeta" and Gloria Trevi cover of "Todos Me Miran" to which the audience dutifully sang along.
Uchis played an 18 song set that concluded appropriately with "Body Language" and showcased an artist on the verge of superstardom. Not based on one performance but based on her ability to connect and influence her audience in both style in attitude, a feat easier said than done. We will meet up with Kali Uchis next month in California at Tropicalia Fest and are ready for another party.