Lucky Daye’s debut album “Painted” was the soundtrack of my summer 2019 so when he released tour dates, securing tickets was a MUST.
It was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. And, it’s only right that I share this concert with you all!
The night of the concert was my first time being at Union Stage in D.C. I’m a huge fan of small, intimate venues so it was perfect especially for an R&B artist like Lucky Daye where he wears his heart on his sleeve for the crowd to see. Being the eager, avid fan that I am, I got to Union Stage about an hour before doors opened (7 P.M.) and in turn snatched a spot in the second/third row in the center of the floor where I could see directly on the stage.
The music that blasted before the openers came out ranged from Charlie Puth’s “Boy” to Maxwell’s “Ascension” to Khia’s “My Neck, My Back”; it was an eclectic yet cohesive playlist that appealed to the crowd of diverse music listeners. Throughout that hour before the show started, people were singing along to timeless classics, dancing to Caribbean music and belting out Queen Bey’s version of “Before I Let Go.” It was the perfect setup for the performances that were about to take place.
Openers Ambré & Josh Dean
I’ve been familiar with Ambré for awhile now because of my deep love for Kehlani; the two are close friends and work on music together. Ambré came out on stage promptly with her introduction points of being from New Orleans and a Virgo sun and Pisces moon. Through her own original music (“Nintendo Shawty” “Glitter”, “FUBU” ) to her cover of Frank Ocean’s “Nature Feels”, she gave the crowd a quick look into her raw, uncut artistry with her and her guitar alone. I could hear people around me becoming new fans.
While Ambré was more on the chill, mellow R&B side to vibe to, Josh Dean brought a rockstar-eque energy to his performance that shook things up a bit. I felt the influences of MJ and Prince while he was on stage and when he mentioned Janelle Monáe as one of his mentors everything made sense. He performed tracks from his EP “Dear BlackSheepe” and it was clear from beginning to end that being on stage brings him pure joy which ultimately he wants to spread to each audience that he touches.
I want to make it very clear that Lucky Daye’s stage presence was on 100 from the moment he stepped on to the stage. You can feel the utmost passion and love that he has for music and performing; it’s an incredible energy to receive while watching and singing along.
He performed every single song from “Painted” in a way that felt unrushed and extremely fitting. Just as every emotion was hit on the album, I went through a rollercoaster of emotions through his set list. One moment I’m hitting the Dru Hill jump two-step to “Real Games” to being deep in my feelings during “Misunderstood”.
He interacted with the crowd through his entire set and if he was tired he didn’t show even an ounce of it. The amount of energy he put into just this one show made me think of how commendable and amazing it is that this is what he has brought to each show during his first headlining tour. He left me wanting more when I knew damn well that there wasn’t anything else for him to give when he left it all on the stage! And, major props to his band that kept up with his energy the entire show and helped take the show even further to the next level. They all sounded amazing!
I would 1000% recommend anyone to go see this man in concert because it’s an unforgettable, mesmerizing experience. I’m already for the next album and tour!