Contemporary off two dates in San Francisco (June 1-2), Snoh Aalegra introduced her “Ugh, These Short-term Highs” tour to Los Angeles Saturday evening (June 4). And one fan’s hand-drawn signal sums all of it up: “Love U Snoh” with a coronary heart added for emphasis.
From the time Aalegra sashayed onstage till she walked off 70 minutes later, continuous cheering, screaming, shout-outs (“It’s Snoh-ing!”; “She’s a foul—!”) and dancing ensued contained in the packed venue. And in between, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter gave again simply nearly as good as she acquired. No costume modifications, no background singers, no dancers. Simply Aalegra backed by a decent band.
Wearing a glittering bra prime and matching thigh-length shorts accented by a brief, white vinyl jacket and matching, curve-defining chaps — together with her hair pulled again right into a waist-long ponytail — Aalegra wasted no time in delivering what’s change into her signature: music to sway to and really feel by. She began the proceedings with an energizing tackle “Situationship,” a single from her 2019 sophomore set Ugh, These Feels Once more. Seamless segues into extra songs adopted, reminiscent of “In Your Eyes” from newest album Short-term Highs within the Violet Skies (which earned a 2022 greatest R&B album Grammy nod) and hit single “Whoa,” which sparked the viewers into dance mode.
The facility behind her smoky, susceptible but hopeful vocals and insightful lyrics was absolutely displayed throughout her searing efficiency of “Misplaced You” (“I received’t maintain the previous in opposition to you”), additionally a 2022 Grammy nominee for greatest R&B efficiency. Amongst different crowd-pleasers chosen from the aforementioned albums had been “We Don’t Need to Discuss About It,” “Dying 4 Your Love” and “Love Like That” (which led right into a reflective riff on the Bobby Caldwell basic “What You Received’t Do for Love”), in addition to two tracks recorded with Tyler, the Creator: “Neon Peach” and “Within the Second.”
Primarily specializing in the music, Aalegra periodically thanked the viewers for “sharing your vitality with me.” She additionally confirmed her cheeky and contemplative sides. Whereas introducing “Nothing to Me,” she informed the viewers, “I need to dedicate this subsequent track to a couple individuals. No, to not you. You don’t need this one devoted to you … it’s to all of the f—ers on this planet. Are you with me?” Laying the inspiration for the track “Violet Skies,” the now-L.A. resident referenced her Swedish upbringing and famous, “I encourage anybody who has a dream or imaginative and prescient to go for that s—. Right here’s a letter to my youthful self.”
Solely when Aalegra returned to chants of “We would like Snoh” was she joined by extra singers. A ten-member refrain of females and males wearing black accompanied her on a rousing two-song encore: “Discover Somebody Like You” and “I Need You Round.”
Opening for Aalegra Saturday night had been fellow ARTium Recordings roster mates Ogi and Fana Hues. Noticed backstage previous to Aalegra’s present had been ARTium head/Grammy-winning producer Dion “No I.D.” Wilson, Teyana Taylor, Vince Staples, Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and actor/comic Craig Robinson.
Aalegra wraps her “Ugh, These Short-term Highs” tour Sunday (June 5) with a second present at L.A.’s YouTube Theater. The Stay Nation-produced outing launched March 21 in Detroit and visited markets reminiscent of Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.