Written By | Cassidy Rose
Friday at Terminal Five in New York City was a great night for two folky pop singer songwriters and a crowd of young enthusiastic audience members (and their parents). Los Angeles’ Harry Hudson opened for Alec Benjamin whose mother also happened to be in the house! Both performers gave top notch performances to a sold-out crowd.
Roc Nation up and comer Harry Hudson started off the evening with a handful of well-crafted folk textured pop melodies. The talented young socialite and cancer survivor managed to easily get the three full levels of audience good and ready for the headliner.
Pheonix, Arizona’s Alec Benjamin’s setlist started with an instrumental intro into his 2018 track Boy in the Bubble – a song that shares a name with that of one of his biggest influences- Paul Simon- which is appropriate considering the twenty five year old pop star is very lyric forward like many of his idols.
Benjamin’s youthful voice juxtaposes cleverly with some of the more mature subject matters that he covers while also speaking very thematically to Gen Z. The setlist included tracks such as Annabelle’s Homework, 1994 and Water Fountain which incorporate high levels of relatability for his younger fanbase. Still the honesty and musical caliber of his performance could appease even the parental chaperones in attendance.
The setlist balanced upbeat tunes with a few of the sensitive young artists poignant ballads. Later in the setlist Benjamin played his newest single Jesus in LA a track that recounts the highs and lows of going off and seeking fame at such a young age. As the title suggests the song does have a certain California charm but still played well in the Big Apple.
Alec ended the night strong with one of his most popular tunes – his 2018 track Let Me Down Slowly a song that has prominent features from fellow pop star Alessia Cara. By the end of the evening he seemed truly humbled by the largest crowd he had played for to date, claiming it to be the “best night of his life.”
Photo Credit | Rob DeMartin