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    Dua Lipa at the Great American Music Hall
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    Dua Lipa at the Great American Music Hall
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    Dua Lipa at the Great American Music Hall
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    Dua Lipa at the Great American Music Hall
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    Dua Lipa at the Great American Music Hall
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SF Concert Reviews: Dua Lipa Glows at the Great American Music Hall

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Dua Lipa made a grand entrance last night to a sold-out crowd at the Great American Music Hall on the last stop of her U.S. tour. She shouted: “You ready for a party tonight? Well, that’s what the fuck we’re going to do tonight!” She then seductively strolled onto the stage wearing the equivalent of what a disco ball would look like if it were made into a jacket. It was the perfect accouterment for the 21-year-old singer from London, who sang the night away to a dancing crowd of hungry concertgoers salivating after each and every song of hers, one song just as catchy as the next.

It’s hard to describe Dua’s music because it’s laced with so many influences. This is understandable since the English-Albanian singer was exposed to so much music growing up thanks to her Kosovar father – also a musician. She was quoted as saying in her bio that her musical upbringing was one of wild contrasts. “I’d be listening to Destiny’s Child, loads of hip-hop, Tupac and Biggie, while my dad would be nurturing me with Dylan and Bowie,” she said. “It was such a mix-ups of genres, and I never knew exactly what type of music I liked, but I learned to be open to anything, as long as it was good.”

One thing’s for certain, her music today can surely be classified into that “good” category and her voice is not only unique but delightfully husky yet seductive at the same time. Seeing her live can only be described as being a witness to the birth of a superstar.

Last night, the brunette with the model looks kicked off the performance strongly with her hit “Last Dance,” which got the crowd enthused really quickly. She followed it up with some quieter numbers that showcased her range of material, but it’s really the more uptempo tunes that seemed to resonate the most with her audience. At one point of the show, she was showered with so much love and admiration that she had to take a break. “Thank you for all the love,” she said. “It’s a lot to take in. Give me a moment.”

It was obvious at that time of the night that this show was one that San Francisco wouldn’t quickly forget. But really what was truly unique was that it left you with that feeling that you just knew this was going to be the last time you’d see a singer with this level of talent on a smaller stage like this. This young lady has that star quality, that “it” factor that you can’t put your finger on, and it’s simply a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on.

Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael Photography

Set List

Last Dance
Want To
Bad Together
Room For 2
Hotter Than Hell
Dreams
No Lie
(Sean Paul cover)
Thinkin’ Bout You
Scared To Be Lonely
Genesis
Be the One
Encore:
Blow Your Mind (Mwah)

 

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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