NONAME out the Chi.
NONAME in the Mil.
Telefone on tour.
Vibes are all you need.
This past Saturday Chicago's very own, NONAME, blessed the stage with good vibes and Hennessy for a sold out crowd at The Miramar Theatre. I actually did not know that many people in Milwaukee even knew who she was (though like 57% of the people there came up from Chicago because those shows sold out in like 6 minutes). Not only was room packed, but EVERYBODY KNEW EVERY WORD TO EVERY SONG ON HER PROJECT which caused her to blush and smile profusely in my direction. Seriously, we made eye contact like 30 times last night and all she had to do was slide me her number and I would have been gucci, but that's neither here nor there.
Milwaukee's own Siren opened the show backed by The Truth. Siren's growth as a performer and a lyricist continues to amaze me every time I see her perform. That new music is going to be fire. Fresh off the release of her Moon Shoes EP (maybe I'll review it one day maybe I won't), Ravyn Lenae came through and showed out. The audience was entranced with her chill beats and light vocal qualities providing a perfect bridge between Siren’s energetic set and NONAME’s…
Let me tell you about NONAME.
The energy flowing through the room was different. A good different. As if you came over to your best friend's granny's house for play date and y'all were plotting on a sleep over. "Let me take you back," the singers opened the show with a medley of songs from Telefone as scenes from Dorothy Dandridge's Carmen Jones are projected behind them. A red lamp sat on a wicker basket next to bottle of Hennessy half(ish)way full. NONAME leaps on the the stage to thunderous applause and screaming. She was rapping the opening verse to “All I Need,” but you couldn’t tell until the applause died down.
She proceeded to perform the entirety of Telefone and two of her Chance collaborations, Lost and my personal favorite, Drown (which she added another verse to that was FIYAH). Halfway through the show she comes out in this red sequined cape, giving a“playing dress up” vibe, performing a cover of The Isley Brothers’ “Contagious” before falling back into the somber “Casket Pretty.” After closing out the show with Yesterday the crowd burst into chants of “NONAME! One More!” I mean she performed the whole album so she was quite literally out of music. Not sure what they were expecting, but the sentiment was certainly felt.
Noname puts on a hell of a show. If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket (the whole tour is sold out y’all), have a great time and if you were at the show, I’m glad we shared a vibe together.
- FreakishNerd //CW
See more photos from the show here.