Steve Lacy is currently on his Give You The World Tour following the release of his recent album Gemini Rights. This show made for the end of a crazy concert week for me, and this show was definitely the best one to close it off with. Performing at Baltimore Soundstage in Maryland, Lacy said that it was one of the smaller venues for this tour. He then talked about how he likes the intimacy of a smaller venue show. I am a fan, and getting the opportunity to see him in a sold out 1,000 capacity room for the first time truly did add a personal touch to the experience.
As soon as the band took their place and the instrumentals started, phones were up and the crazed fans were cheering. Lacy started with the song “Buttons,” and the fans were already dancing with everyone around them. Afterwards, Lacy was handed an acoustic guitar to perform “Mercury.” This was a great moment for me, because that is one of my favorite songs of his. I couldn’t help myself from singing along in the photo pit! After speaking on the venue’s size, Lacy then went back in time with an older song of his, “Only If.”
Throughout the entire night, Lacy’s supporters were euphoric over his presence. Lacy was sure to include his fans by letting them sing into his microphone. He then teased the start of “Static” and you could feel the emotions in the crowd. When he talked about the songs that started Lacy’s growth in his music, he told the fans that if it wasn’t for them, he wouldn’t be on the stage. He then continued his set with “Helmet,” “Love 2 Fast,” and “Some.”
Another personal favorite of mine, “Amber,” began and it was such a powerful performance. Connecting with the music is something all fans do, so when you get to hear the song you’ve connected with, the live performance can feel very surreal. Right before the end, Lacy invited out the opener of the tour, Fousheé, to perform their song “Sunshine.” After this, Steve Lacy gave the people what they’ve been waiting for all night: “Bad Habit.” Many thought that this was the last song, but Lacy came out again for a two song encore. He played the first song that he ever released called “C U Girl” followed by fan favorite “Dark Red.”
Words and Photos by Madalyn Schaller. Please credit @madalyns.photos along with @almostfamouszine if reposting.