Brooklyn Bowl was a high school pep rally Saturday night. Teenagers (so many teenagers) flooded the sold-out room, eagerly awaiting their star player, Texas singer Khalid. Playing to his peers, the 19-year-old crooner came out with a full band and two cartwheeling cheerleaders, who shook their pom poms (in the literal sense) and waved “K” flags while donning outfits emblazoned with “American Teen,” the title of the bearded babyface’s breakout debut album.
For all the emo weeping on his records, the young star was nothing but energy and charisma on stage. He turned “Another Sad Love Song” into a one-man dance party and body rolled his way through millennial anthem “Young, Dumb & Broke.” His smash single “Location” turned into a rock ballad; he and his guitarist dropped to their knees, leaning into each other like Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Khalid was a man of few words, however, keeping the stage banter to a minimum (he didn’t even shout the obligatory “What’s up motherfuckers?!” until the last song of his hourlong set). But then again he didn’t need to speak. His music spoke for him, and for his generation. ★★★★✩
Photos by Patrick Gray/Kabik Photo Group
Another Sad Love Song
Young, Dumb & Broke