Tayla Parx & Lizzo @ St Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI
Review & photography by Rebekah Witt
On Wednesday, May 15th, Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You tour hit St Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, Michigan. Outside the venue, shortly before the doors opened, the line stretched a few blocks down. Fans decked out in fabulous outfits quickly packed into the sold out show, excited for the awesome night before them.
Tayla Parx stepped out in front of the crowd around 8 o’clock to open the concert. Although her name may seem unfamiliar, it quickly became clear that she has been in the music industry for a long time and has been killing it behind the scenes. Parx played a variety of songs from her album released just last month, We Need To Talk, including ‘Homiesexual,’ ‘Me vs. Us,’ and ‘Dirt.’ Halfway through her set, she explained that she wanted to play a mashup of a few songs that she had a hand in writing, calling them “Tayla Made” (which is also the name of her 2017 mix tape). As she spoke, the instrumental to Khalid & Normani’s ‘Love Lies’ began and the crowd went wild. In the mashup, she also performed pieces of Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U Next’ and ‘7 Rings,’ as well as Panic! At the Disco’s ‘High Hopes,’ all songs that were featured in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Throughout her entire set, Parx did not stop smiling and showed how much she enjoyed being on stage in front of an audience. She proved that not only is she a great songwriter, but an incredible performer as well.
Lizzo strutted out and took the crowd by storm, opening with the title track to her latest album and the tour’s namesake, ‘Cuz I Love You.’ She immediately took ownership of the stage with her flawless vocals and belted-out notes. Her backup dancers shortly ran out to join her as they performed perfectly choreographed dances. The crowd was filled to the brim, overflowing from the main room into the entrance of the venue, and the balcony was crowded with people. Lizzo performed the majority of the songs off of Cuz I Love You, including fan favorites ‘Like A Girl,’ ‘Jerome,’ and ‘Soulmate.’ She also played older songs ‘Scuse Me’ and ‘Good As Hell.’ Everyone in the audience knew every word to her songs. Before she began playing song ‘Truth Hurts,’ she mentioned how it is about a boy from Detroit and here it is, charting on the Billboard Top 100. Speaking between nearly every song, Lizzo made it her mission to uplift all her fans and instill confidence in everyone in the room. She acknowledged that her shows were half performances of her music and half motivational speeches. During her performance of ‘Tempo,’ she brought two fans out on stage with her and they joined in on dancing with her, ending the song with enthusiastic hugs between her and them. Nearing the end of her set, Lizzo gushed about the amount of love she felt from everyone in the room and how much she appreciated it. She closed her set with her hit single ‘Juice,’ and everyone danced the night away.
The first leg of the Cuz I Love You tour ends this week, but Lizzo will be touring across the world for the rest of the year. Find those dates on her website and keep updated with Tayla Parx for future tour announcements!