Review: Kali Uchis rocks House of Blues Boston

Kali Uchis | Photo by Yazi Ferrufino via Vanyaland

Colombian-American singer and songwriter Kali Uchis recently stopped at the House of Blues in Boston on her tour for a performance to remember.

With a line of people waiting down Lansdowne Street and around the corner, the doors to House of Blues finally opened — about an hour before the show’s scheduled start time. Once I had entered, there were many people already crowded around the stage, ready to see Kali Uchis. I was lucky enough to grab a spot somewhere in the middle of the floor, and it quickly filled up with more eager fans after I had claimed my spot.


The show began at 8 p.m., and people were going crazy for the act to start. Gabriel Garzón-Montano, who is signed to Stone Throw Records with the likes of the late J Dilla, Nx Worries, and Madlib, opened the show with great spirit and made sure he projected his sensuality and charm out to the crowd. His vibe opened an appetite for more groovy tunes, and that seductive R&B tone he brought with him. One of the songs he played, “6 8,” has been sampled by Drake in his famous song, “Jungle.” His set consisted of two outfits through his performance. In one he wore a white jacket revealing his chest and stomach along with silver sparkly pants, and the other, he wore pants with suspenders and a transparent green jacket. Garzón-Montano performed for about 45 minutes and gave the audience a very funky, breathy alternative beginning to the night.

Uchis made the wait worthwhile as she began her set at 9 p.m. By 8:59, fans were getting shouting her name, and couldn’t wait to see her come out on stage. The lights dimmed, and soon enough the stage was illuminated with a bright red light. The light then shined to the middle wall, and Uchis’ silhouette appeared. She came out and stunned the crowd with a white bead top along with tight silk-like white bell bottom pants. She opened her set with “Dead To Me,” a track from her recent album Isolation.

Kali Uchis | Photo via Glamdom Magazine

“I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to talk to a lot of people,” Uchis said before introducing her song “Loner.” “But this particular person kept persuading me to f— with them, and one day, I felt like it. Out of the entire experience, I realized that this is why I don’t talk to people. I should’ve just stayed a loner.”

Most of her set included songs off of Isolation, which released this past April, but she also threw in oldies such as “Loner.” The crowd felt Uchis’ energy from her sexy dancing, angelic high-toned voice and empowering spirit and singing on stage. Uchis closed the show, but the second she left the stage, fans chanted for an encore. She came back and asked the crowd what we wanted to hear, in which people shouted, “Ridin’ Round.” And so she did.

After the show was over, I felt immensely happy with no regret. Having been a fan of Uchis since I was 18 years old has helped me focus on the way I present myself to a crowd when I perform. She wasn’t afraid to let the crowd know she was sexy; she was confident and she owned every inch of that stage. I knew every single song, and I belted all the lyrics out. It was like singing it in my room, only she was actually there singing it for me. Watching Kali Uchis live is everything I hoped and expected of her, and I was just grateful that I got to see someone that has inspired me greatly as a singer.

Cynthia Munrayos
Cynthia is an incoming junior at the University of Rhode Island, and is a double major in English and Journalism. She currently is a contributing writer for the Entertainment section at URI's Good Five Cent Cigar. She has an eclectic music taste that stretches from hip-hop, R&B and soul/jazz to punk, alternative rock and even a little ambient, electronic music every now and then. Apart from school, she sings on the side and contributes her vocals to the URI-based alt rock-R&B-fusion band, Nakamarra.

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