While spring may be taking her sweet time reaching the Twin Cities, it was Miami hot inside the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Friday night. Camila Cabello brought the heat with her Never Be The Same world tour stop at the sold out venue.
Camila Cabello is embarking on her first solo tour. While she started her career with the girl group Fifth Harmony, her career has gone into hyper drive as a solo artist. In an era where most artist’s record sales can be counted on one hand, Cabello’s debut release Camila has reached platinum status in short order. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, this diverse background gives her music a Latin flair that had the sold out crowd dancing in the aisles.
Supporting Cabello on the tour was Andrew Bazzi, aka Bazzi, is best known for his internet hit “Mine”. This Mid Westerner commanded the stage like a pro, interacting easily with the extremely enthusiastic audience. No flashy lights or video screens, Bazzi prowled the stage like a lion, making his voice the center of attention. The highlight of the set was “Mine”, at one point Bazzi stopped singing to listen to the crowd scream the chorus. His 40-minute set was high energy, and had the crowd primed for the headliner.
The house lights went down around 9:15, and huge video screens with big brown eyes shrouded in fog peered down on the screaming theater. Cabello dramatically emerged from the fog bank and opened with her latest single “Never Be The Same”. She was exuberant throughout the show, her huge smile brighter than the many flashing spotlights. Camila slowed it down a bit with an outstanding cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
There was never a lack of visual stimulus, with Cabello and her dancers gliding around the stage like they were in sneakers in stead of high healed boots. One of the more honest moments came during “Something’s Gotta Give” as images of Black Lives Matter and other social movements flashed on the background screens. She ramped right back up to warp drive with “Know No Better”. The seats in the State Theatre went largely unused for the majority of the show, the crowd danced as passionately as Cabello.
While her heart my be in Havana, oh na na, Camila Cabello left her soul on the smoking hot State Theatre stage Friday night. This girl’s star is on the rise.