Colombian-American R&B/pop singer, Kali Uchis, has had a bit of a busy year. Earlier this Spring, the 24 year-old singer, whose real name is Karly-Marina Loaiza, released her debut studio album, Isolation. Featuring a host of top-notch guests and collaborators including, Bootsy Collins, Thundercat, Damon Albarn, Tyler The Creator, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Greg Kurstin, and Dave Sitek, the album is a genre-defying psychedelic mix of R&B, soul, and funk, with splashes of hip-hop and Reggaeton that has been met with critical acclaim. Hot on the heels of the release, Kali hit the road on a summer tour that included standout festival performances at Coachella, Governors Ball, and Lollapalooza. Keeping the momentum going, Kali Uchis has embarked on a Fall headlining tour set to take her across North America. We were able to catch the show at a recent stop at the Fillmore in Charlotte NC.
Kali Uchis fans are a dedicated group, and they showed up early to get into the Fillmore. By the time the doors opened, the lines extended well down the block. The room was crackling with excitement and anticipation as the lights dropped and the stage was blanketed with fog. A single spotlight cut through the haze and illuminated a seductive silhouette dancing behind the backdrop. With the crowd at a fever pitch, the room positively erupted as Kali pushed through the curtain and launched into her opening song “Dead To Me.” Backed by a live band, who played from the back of the vast open stage, Kali’s songs were delivered with a more powerful and raw sound that lacked some of the studio polish, but added a more driven immediacy. Some of the highlights included, “Tyrant,” “Loner,” “Just A Stranger,” “Miami,” and the lone Spanish-only track from Isolation, “Nuestro Planeta.”
With the stage being completely open, Kali remained the center of attention. She had plenty of room to move, and whether spinning and swaying or dancing seductively, she made good use of it. While much of her performance was visually appealing, it was her strong and sultry vocals that truly captivated. Despite admitting to the audience during an intimate moment between songs that she tends to be an introverted person, who doesn’t like to talk to a lot of people, Kali managed to remain personable and engaging throughout the evening. The crowd showed their appreciation, often responding with raucous cheers and chants. With a solid new album and a passionate fanbase built over the last few years, the future is certainly looking bright for Kali Uchis.
Opening the show in Charlotte was New York-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano who played a condensed set of R&B, funk, and neo-soul.
Kali Uchis + Gabriel Garzon-Montano @ The Fillmore Charlotte