Daniel Caesar Provides a Sweet Treat for Halloween Concert Goers
Canadian R&B singer Daniel Caesar's critically acclaimed debut album Freudian was released on Friday, Aug. 25, and Caesar began his sold-out North American tour in Anaheim, California on Sept. 9 and will conclude in the singer's hometown of Toronto, Canada on Dec. 16.
Caesar was originally only scheduled to perform at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Wednesday, Nov. 1, but another show was added the day before on Halloween. Long lines stretched out from the Fonda as eager fans waited in their costumes to enter the venue. Indoors was a scene just as busy as outside as people quickly filled up both the ground floor and balcony.
Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra came on stage first performing songs from her debut album Feels, released less than two weeks ago on Oct. 20. It was clear why Caesar had chosen Snoh to be his opener for the tour, as her soft and passionate vocals matched the style of Caesar. She distinguishes herself, though, with a '70-80s style.
After about 30 minutes, Snoh thanks the crowd for being so welcoming and walks off stage to a guitar solo from her band. The curtains would roll up again around 10:50 pm, when fans were greeted by a thick layer of smoke on the stage floor as Caesar's band members walked out. A minute later, a dark figure moves to the center of the stage and the crowd starts screaming as they recognize the familiar figure with his headful of dreadlocks.
Throughout most of his set, Caesar is close to the mic and exchanges an active stage presence for a stationary approach, drawing more attention to the songs being sung in what seemed to be a very purposeful choice. The energy of the crowd switches from a calm and passionate to an excited and more lively tone as Caesar welcomed lead singer from The Internet and solo artist Syd to perform the song “Take Me Away”, which she is featured on.
Caesar's decision for little stage design and no real props reinforces the crowd's focus on his lyrics and the vibe they give off, and doesn't distract them with large displays or an intricately decorated stage. This idea is reflected in his music as well, with his voice being the dominant force drawing in listeners.
Daniel Caesar’s performance was powerful in its minimalism and strength, which adds to his success in selling out every show on tour.