Written and Captured By | Rachel White
People showed up and waited in the cold in droves to be the first to enter Omar Apollo’s show at The Eastern in Atlanta on Tuesday, November 15th. The eager crowd piled in, filling up the floor seats expeditiously in hopes of getting a close look at the singer and his opener, Ravyn Lenae. From above you could see a sea of excited selfies being taken by the young crowd awaiting the start of the show.
Rayvn Lenae kicked off the evening with a stage cloaked in moody red light. Her raspy and melodic voice and great dance moves warmed up the crowd. Her set was a mix of soul, alternative R&B and afrobeats, prepping the audience perfectly for Apollo’s diverse set list.
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The energy was palpable as Apollo took the stage- twirling in his entrance and letting the audience know “It was a good a** day,” as the artist was just notified that day of his nomination for his first Grammy: Best New Artist. The high from this nomination definitely translated to the stage where he weaved throughout his performance with a liquid quality: starting his set with high energy- dancing and jumping and pointing the mic to the crowd to sing along with him.
Omar Apollo made many references throughout the night about the crowd, praising the large turnout of LGBTQ+ and Latinx supporters. He was met with echoing cheers after asking “How many homosexuals are in the room tonight?!” and proceeded to introduce his song “En el Olvido” by saying “Now we’re gonna do some Mexican shit.” Met with immediate and long lasting applause.
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Omar Apollo moved easily from mariachi sounds into crowd pleasing bangers such as his hit song “Tamagotchi.” He told the crowd “We got some sad songs to sing, so get hype for this sh*t.” before moving through the slower songs in his catalog and closing out the show with his TikTok famous anthem, “Evergreen.”
Apollo’s show was filled with a spirit of celebration, humility, endless talent, and an innate sense of appreciation and recognition for his heritage as well as his community.