After trendy meals curated earlier within the wek by Roy Choi and David Change, Uber Eats’ South By Southwest set up in Austin’s glammed-up former La Zona Rosa turned itself over to hen nuggets, fries and chocolate chip cookies from McDonald’s on Thursday night time. The type on this night time, nonetheless, was supplied by Khalid, an El Paso native reveling at being again in residence state -- which he celebrated through the present’s second tune, “Winter.”
As lengthy strains of hopeful followers waited exterior the venue, Khalid -- porting a red-and-black soccer jersey and accompanied by a reside guitarist and drummer and loads of recorded tracks -- moved comfortably and confidently across the intimate stage, smiling continuous, singing from his knees and even entering into the pit a few instances through the present. Three dancers helped him out on just a few songs, whereas a wealth of photographs -- together with real-time footage, music movies and graphics -- flashed by on a display behind him.
Coming off a profitable Saturday Night Live efficiency final weekend, Khalid previewed his upcoming sophomore album Free Spirit, due April 5, with the primary live performance efficiency of its first single, “Talk.” The remainder of the present targeted on his double-platinum 2017 debut American Teen, opening with “STEEN” and romping by “Winter” and the title monitor earlier than he gentled issues up with “Coaster,” “Another Sad Love Song” and “Saved.” “Young Dumb & Broke” performed to a sea of cell telephones and singalongs, whereas “Better,” which Khalid labeled a private favourite, “Young Dumb & Broke,” “Love Lies” and “Location” (“the true tune that modified my life – loads”) acquired rapturous responses.
“OTW” despatched the gang residence on a excessive notice, buoyed by the promise of extra Khalid music coming within the not too distant future.