Aja9, 4th Ave & Alex Aiono @ The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, NY
Review & photography by Alexandra Schnell
The Fun 23 Tour featuring Alex Aiono, 4th Ave and Aja9 came to an end Wednesday night at The Gramercy Theatre in NYC. Fans had been lined up outside the venue since twelve o’clock that afternoon to secure a front row spot for the concert. The line to get into the venue was wrapped all the way around the block, and you could feel the excitement exuding from the fans. Throughout the entire show, even in between sets, the crowd’s energy was contagious; they were constantly dancing and singing along to any song played throughout the venue.
To start the show was Aja9, a 15-year-old with a voice far beyond her years. She covered a few popular songs such as “Sweet But Psycho” by Ava Max and also performed a few original songs such as “Limbo” and “Spit It Out.” She had no issue capturing the attention of the crowd and put on a great show. 4th Ave performed. Next, they formed after competing individually on the ABC show Boy Band. This group definitely knew how to get the crowd ready for Alex Aiono’s performance. Aja9 even joined them on stage to perform a song they just recently collaborated on called “Us.” Their performance of “Xoxo” got an incredible crowd reaction, and they even brought a fan on stage to serenade her during their song “4U”.
By the time Alex Aiono got on stage, the crowd was beyond excited to see one of their favorite artists perform. He started his set with a crowd favorite, “Does It Feel Like Falling.” The passion Alex shows on stage is unlike any other performer I’ve ever witnessed, and he truly does have an amazing relationship with his fans. His set featured a large screen that showed old tour videos, old pictures of him, pictures of fans, and many more entertaining things. This elevated his set to a whole other level. One of the most amazing parts of his set was his performance of “As You Need”; he unplugged the microphone, turned all the lights off in the venue, and asked the fans to stay silent and shine their flashlights on the stage. He performed the song acoustically, and his voice could still be heard at the very back of the venue; this created a magical and memorable addition to his set. I would definitely recommend seeing Alex Aiono live whenever he comes to a venue near you, his live show will not disappoint!