Sunday night’s packed-out Cuco show at the Irenic kicked off the first stop of a sold-out tour.
By mid-afternoon, a line around the block waited eagerly for a chance to see the LA-based artist that’s been rising quickly onto the scene. Passionate fans of all ages poured into the venue when doors opened, and the energy only jumped from there. Quickly joining the ranks of other young stars dominating the industry such as Lorde and Khalid, Cuco delivered a performance that was well worth the buzz.
J-Kwe$t started the night with an amped set, pulling guest artist after guest artist to join him on stage, including Cuco himself. Colorful, 70’s-inspired graphics projected onto the stage from an upper balcony, drenching the artists in a surreal light.
In a savvy move consistent with trend from artists such as John Mayer and Andrew Belle, members of Cuco’s backing band opened up with music from their own project, Shidu. Entrancing soundscapes had every body swaying in time. With just a bass, guitar, and drums, the three-piece shredded through a set that certainly set the vibes for the rest of the night. These men showed no limits as they played seamlessly through songs ranging from ultimate chill to power rock. You can check out all their latest on Soundcloud here.
After a brief break, Cuco took the stage amidst a wave of cheers. Armed with a plethora of incredibly talented musicians around him, Cuco and co. played through fan favorites such as “Lo Que Siento” and “Amor de Siempre,” plus covers that created as much excitement as the original material. This rising star is more than just a good voice: The talented songwriter and lyricist also switched between guitar, keys, and trumpet on stage. Each new instruments drew more excitement and energy from an already-amped crowd.
One of the sweeter moments of the night was when all the lights in venue were shut off, leaving only the flashlights of the audiences’ phones to light the stage. Considering the sheer number of people and phones in the room, the result was absolutely mesmerizing.
If you weren’t able to make it, you can still catch him at Tropicalia in Long Beach on Saturday, November 11th!
Photos and Review by: Christine Heyne