Alessia Cara kicked off part two of her Know-It-All tour at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday night. Performing to an eager crowd, the 20-year-old R&B pop singer did not disappoint.
Opening for Cara was Ruth B, followed by Nathan Sykes, the former singer of The Wanted who just released his debut solo album Unfinished Business.
Cara came on stage to a roar of applause that could be heard from outside of the venue and immediately launched into her signature killer vocals. The audience, made up of a wide range of ages, loved it. In the first song, Cara reached out into the crowd to accept a rose from a fan.
Cara spent a couple minutes talking about how excited she was to finally start the tour, saying, “I’m so nervous.” But if she really was nervous, it didn’t show. The singer’s vocals were unwavering from start to finish as she strutted across the stage, hitting both highs and lows with ease.
Highlights of the night were “Wild,” Cara’s single with Australian singer Troye Sivan, and her soulful cover of Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good.” The crowd was loudest for her latest single “Scars to Your Beautiful,” which Cara preceded with a short speech about the importance of self-love.
The night came to a close with a special performance of the hit “Here,” where Cara surprised the audience with a new verse. Coming back out for the encore, she jumped down from the stage and ran along the crowd, high-fiving audience members as she went.
It was an impressive show from a 20-year-old less than a year off from her debut album and started the tour on a high note. The night was surely a sign of big things to come.
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