Hailey Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko’s Pop Reign Continues in San Francisco

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Hayley Kiyoko’s been on one hell of a journey in a short amount of time. At just 27 years of age the actor/singer has already appeared in multiple Disney movies like “Scooby-Doo!” and “Jem and the Holograms,” but she’s also demonstrated her talents in the pop music arena as well having released three songs that have quickly become viral hits: “Girls Like Girls,” “Feelings” and “Curious.”

Hailey Kiyoko
Hailey Kiyoko getting personal with the Fillmore crowd

But one thing she’d yet to accomplish as she admitted to us last night, is her desire to perform in San Francisco. Last night she did just that and the sold-out crowd that had come to support her at the Fillmore couldn’t contain themselves, as they finally got to witness the pop starlet in the flesh.

Hayley, who came onto the stage wearing a 90s inspired black and white tracksuit with just enough pieces of flair, ran through a set list of pop tunes that had the crowd dancing into a fervor throughout a set that was comprised mostly of her new album, Expectations.

And the crowd that consisted of a balanced mix of tweens as well as some older adults, could not get enough of her. One by one, they fell victim to her charm, one ethereal bubbly melody at a time, eliciting an uncontrolled adoration for the super starlet with the bleached blonde locks and perfect dimples.

Throughout the evening various artifacts were thrown onto the stage. Rainbow flags, necklaces, cardboard signs inviting the singer out for pizza, and even a black lace bra made a cameo at one point during the show.

Hayley, who’s been called the “Lesbian Jesus” by some, is something quite unique. She’s come out as being gay some time ago but isn’t shy about it. And as such couldn’t be a better role model for the LGBTQ community.

She’s shown young ladies everywhere that it’s not only OK to like a girl but that all young people struggling to find their identity should aim to just be themselves. She was quoted in Billboard Magazine as saying: “If you see two girls falling in love and normalizing that, then [people] can go, ‘I can fall in love, too. I can be that person. I can look like that. I can get a girl that looks like that.’ If they see that, then they can believe it. It’s just how we are.”

Last night at the Fillmore in San Francisco you could feel the love in a big way and as she said so wisely at one point of the performance: “We’ve come a long way in 2018 San Francisco!” That we have Hayley, that we have. And we thank you for it.

Photos by Louis Raphael Photography

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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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