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Clairo Takes Her Sling Tour To Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium with Open Arlo Parks

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Written By | Jessica Vosseteig

Clairo’s Sling Tour, with opener Arlo Parks, was a night of beautiful vocals and instrumentals from start to finish. The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado was buzzing with fans excited for the night’s music to begin.

Opener Arlo Parks is a British singer and songwriter who is influenced by poetry in her R&B/Soul music. She kicked off the evening with high energy and positivity. It was easy to tell she cares deeply for her fans, after stopping her set multiple times to make sure the crowd was hydrated and safe. I often see people pass out at shows, but I have never witnessed artists who are so dedicated to ensuring the crowd’s wellbeing. Arlo Parks patiently waited for everyone to be safe before she continued and finished her set. Her music and loveable personality perfectly set the tone for Clairo to come on next.

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While I waited for the set to change for Clairo, I chatted with a few people who had a booth set up near the bar of the venue. I was pleasantly surprised to see a booth at a concert venue since I have never experienced this at any other show. Their booth was called the Wellness Project, and it had information about mental and physical health for all genders. They offered free sexual-health products as well as informative pamphlets. As I talked with them, they told me that they work with the band’s company and that Clairo asked for the show to have booths such as this one to display to her fans. I enjoyed that they were spreading sexual and mental health information for all genders, and I think it gives Clairo fans even more respect for her as a musician and performer who is part of the LGBTQ+ community.

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As the lights dimmed and Clairo’s 6 band members appeared on stage, you could feel the crowd’s anticipation. Clairo emerged with a burst of applause and she sat down at the keyboard to begin her set. Her setup was cozy and intimate, with rugs on the ground and lanterns scattered across the stage. Clairo began with songs from her newest album, Sling, and ended the night with some older fan-favorites such as “Pretty Girl” and “Sofia”. Clairo also had to stop the show to make sure everyone was okay, continuing to show the caring nature of the performers. You could tell she was having a great time playing with her band, as she played guitar along with her bandmate. I was entranced with the instrumentals from her band, especially the saxophone and flute which I do not often hear at  live shows.

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One of the highlights of the night was when she had Arlo Parks come onstage to perform the song “Blouse”. The song dives into difficult topics about sexualization, so it was a sweet moment to have the two women supporting each other on stage. Clairo ended the night with an upbeat song, leaving the audience with a sense of exhaustion and satisfaction. This concert was filled with positive energy and support due to the warm community aspects, which made it a special night for Clairo and Arlo Parks fans.

Photos By | Dakota Pendleton