When K.Flay announced her show at 7th St Entry a little over a month ago, tickets went on sale at 12:00 p.m. and promptly sold-out by 12:05 p.m. Typically when an artist sells out a venue that quickly, it either means it’s an especially intimate performance, or it’s being put on for a certain cause.
Well, K.Flay’s performance on Monday night just so happened to be both of those things! When the show was initially announced, she had this to say about the show:
“I am so excited to be playing an intimate show in Minneapolis, one of my favorite cities. This is going to be an unforgettable night with new music (!!!!) & special guests. creating community is our primary goal. ticket proceeds will benefit Tubman, an organization that is on the ground, doing life-changing work. Bad Vibes is about smiling in the face of melting glaciers, about getting together to make something good. Can’t wait to see you.”
“Bad Vibes” is in reference to the song she released earlier this year, which is meant to uplift others so they can feel happy in a time when it often feels like we can’t. “With everything going on in the world right now, I wanted to make some positive music,” she said. “The goal isn’t to be happy every minute; it’s just to move away from negative energy. Sonically, it’s the perfect introduction to the record. Fuck being sad all the time!”
Fitting that song’s theme, she has been doing these smaller, more intimate shows like the one at The Entry this week, with all the proceeds benefitting local organizations in the cities she is performing. Tubman, the beneficiary of this performance, offers safety planning, shelter, legal services, Order for Protection assistance, mental and chemical health counseling, support groups, youth programs, community education resources and more.
To bring even more of a local impact to these shows, she has been searching for artists from each city to open the shows for her on Twitter, and with a little help from the group Sir Sly, K.Flay picked hip-hop duo John Chuck & The Class to open this show for her. They totally nailed the performance, soaking up every ounce of energy they could from the completely packed house, many of whom knew all of the words to their songs already.
You could tell how honored they were by the opportunity to open up this show, and thanked K.Flay for the chance to share this special night with her many times during the performance. There’s a simple reason they were chosen to open this show, and it’s because they kick ass. Go listen to them as soon as possible.
Because of the intimacy of 7th St, when it was time for K.Flay to walk to the stage, many fans caught a peek of her walking down the side hallway and lost their minds before she was even ready to walk out. From there, the next 60 minutes were pure heaven for any music fan.
This is not hyperbole when I say that this was the best concert I’ve seen so far this year. K.Flay is an absolute star on the rise, and I’ve already had the opportunity to see her perform in two venues that are over triple the size of The Entry, so being so up close and personal was truly special.
The first highlight of the night for me was the performance of a few new songs that she has been working on, all of which had only been heard by a handful of other cities in America. Obviously without knowing the names of the songs I can point out which one it was in particular, but one of them is, without a doubt in my mind, going to be on the top of the charts shortly after it is officially released.
The second highlight of the show was the special performance of Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” which was a very pleasant and welcomed surprise. K.Flay told the crowd before strumming the opening chords that they had been learning a new cover song for each city they went to, and back to the *local* theme, tried to make it a song with ties to that particular city. With every member of the audience singing along to every word, it was a wonderful and truly unforgettable moment.
While the chance to see K.Flay perform in such an intimate setting might not present itself again for quite a while, and even if it does you’ll have to have pretty quick fingers to snag tickets, this is an artist that is worth seeing in a venue of any size, and is someone you will be hearing about for quite a long time.