REVIEW ROUND-UP: BeBe Rexha brings high energy, authentic pop show to D.C.

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BeBe Rexha brought her high energy, authentic pop show to Washington, D.C.’s intimate U Street Music Hall on Thursday, March 30th. The artists first headlining world tour entitled, “All Your Fault Tour” sold out cities across North America in minutes including her D.C. stop. In poured 500 anxious and excited Rexhars into the jam packed intimate space. The one hour show ran through BeBe’s classic ballads from her debut “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” EP, hit after hit with her collaborations, and every song from the first portion of her debut album, “All Your Fault Pt. 1”. BeBe got real with the crowd through both her words and her music. If you’re unfamiliar with the hit maker check out some background information on her below.

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Rexha’s music talents began at a very young age. She played trumpet for over nine years, while teaching herself to play both guitar and piano. She discovered that her voice was a coloratura soprano while in her high school’s choir. Rexha submitted a song to be performed at the National Academy of Record Arts & Sciences’ annual “Grammy Day” Event. She won the “Best Teenage Songwriter” award, beating 700 other participants. She continued to showcase her songwriting skills and embark on her journey to stardom. In 2010 she joined Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz in becoming the lead vocalist of his experimental band, entitled Black Cards. Rexha left the band in 2012 to pursue solo endeavors. Rexha signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records as a solo artist in 2013. She began writing songs for major recording artist such as Selena Gomez, Eminem, and Rihanna. The Rexha written song, “The Monster” which was recorded by Eminem and Rihanna went #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song became an international smash opening many doors for Rexha. In 2015, she released her debut EP “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”, released two smash hit collaborations entitled “Hey Mama” with Nicki Minaj and David Guetta, and “Me, Myself, & I” with G-Eazy. In 2016 she went onto release “No Broken Hearts” with Nicki Minaj, “In The Name Of Love” with Martin Garrix, and her first single off her debut album, “I Got You” which has crossed 100 million plays on Spotify. On February 17th, 2017 she released the first part of her debut album, “All Your Fault” which features contributions from both G-Eazy, Stargate, The Invisible Men, and Ty Dolla $ign. The self written album has received great feedback from both fans and critics with a 4.5/5 rating from Idolator.  In April 2017 she will release the second part of “All Your Fault” along with continuing it’s accompanying tour through the Spring and into Summer.

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The sold out tour began with stops in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York City, and D.C.’s very own U Street Music Hall. The evening started out with a VIP soundcheck party where Rexha performed “F.F.F.” and “I Got You” for VIP guests. Rexha then posed for pictures and signed autographs for her lucky VIP guest! The doors opened and the fans flooded in ready to scream and shout the words to their favorite Rexha songs all night long!

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The show featured two opening acts, beginning with Spencer Ludwig. Ludwig featured a four piece band including himself on the trumpet, two background vocalist with a tambourine and violin in hand, and a electronic keys player.  Ludwig once was a member of platinum selling band “Capital Cities” before signing with Warner Bros. as a solo artist. His setlist included upbeat and fun songs “Fuel to the Fire” and “Diggy”. The high energy performance showcased his various talents and pumped the audience up for Rexha’s performance. I haven’t seen an opening act get a crowd this pumped up in a while and thoroughly enjoyed his entire performance. The audience could agree as fans lined up with Ludwig to take photos at the merchandise stand after his set. Meanwhile on the other hand, Rexha’s second opening act 16 year old Daniel Skye fell short in entertaining the crowd with a low energy performance and lackluster vocals, but there is room for growth of course. He has potential to grow as a performer, but it was hard to pick up where a stand-out Ludwig left off.

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Following both opening acts Rexha graced the stage in fierce “Bad Bitch” attire, the song she opened her set with. The crowd immediately went into a frenzy following her entrance to the stage with her three piece band. Rexha continued the show with album track “Gateway Drug” and the solo version of “Me, Myself, & I” where not a single fan in the room wasn’t singling along. I look to my left and saw a venue bouncer bopping his head. Like her or not, you can’t recognize the impact her songs and lyrics have made on the world! Rexha continued with “Atmosphere” and the soulful “Small Doses”, an emotional mid-tempo. Followed by EDM pop jams “In The Name Of Love” and “Take Me Home”. Fan favorites “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” and “Can’t Stop Drinking Bout You” allowed Rexha to slow things down. It was this time of the show where it felt more intimate and personal than ever. The audience could feel and relate to every emotion that comes with each song. Rexha explained to the crowd the importance of loving yourself and believing in yourself. It’s very therapeutic to be in a room filled with so much love, acceptance, and music. Rexha made sure throughout the show that her fans were reminded that they are important, beautiful, and special.

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She continued the show with fake friend anthem, “F.F.F.”. The entire audience sang along loud and proud with their middle fingers to the sky saluting all the backstabbers in their lives. Yes, add that to the long list of Rexha’s talents. She makes extremely relatable and authentic pop music. “Hey Mama” was then performed in it’s high energy glory followed by “No Broken Hearts”. For this track she brought two fans onstage to compete at rapping Nicki Minaj’s verse from the song. She then closed out her captivating setlist with her hit single, “I Got You”.

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Even with her jam packed schedule of 21 cities in 31 days nation wide she continued on with extremely high energy, excellent live vocals, and epic fan interaction. The authentic and genuine Rexha will bring her “All Your Fault Tour” back to North America for a second leg after a European run this May. After seeing her headlining set, it’s only right to believe that Rexha is just getting started. It’s all her fault that we all can’t get enough of her and her music. Stay tuned for much more from Rexha to come!

For a complete list of dates to find out where you can see BeBe Rexha live CLICK HERE!

Make sure you check out part 1 of her debut album, “All Your Fault” available everywhere now!

For a full gallery of pictures taken by me at the show check below:

 

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