Thirty-six dates comprised SoMo’s Fallin Up Tour, and with Houston being the final stop, it was surely one of the better shows of the two month-long nationwide tour. The House of Blues hosted the evening’s festivities, and SoMo, along with opening acts Jordan Bratton and hometown hero Kirko Bangz, gave the audience more than their money’s worth.
Jordan Bratton warmed the crowd up with some tracks from his previous projects, 2015’s YOUTH and his 2013 mixtape, The Grey Area. Kirko Bangz amped up the show as he went through all of his hits, including fan favorites “What Yo Name Iz?” “Drank In My Cup,” and the August Alsina-featured “Rich.” Naturally, as an introduction to one of his more provocative songs, Kirko proceeded to remove several articles of clothing as Ginuwine’s sexed-up classic “Pony” slid through the speakers, while Kirko did his best Magic Mike impression.
Houston native Sauce Walka made an appearance during Kirko’s set to perform his track “2 Legited 2 Quited,” which was not necessarily received well by the crowd. Had the show been a solely Kirko show, the guest appearance could have worked, however the crowd was there to see SoMo, a demographic widely different from the ones that The Sauce Factory appeals to.
The time between sets was remarkably quick, as the House of Blues is notorious for having concerts run on schedule. Additionally, little changes had to be made, as Jordan Bratton and Kirko Bangz only required a DJ set up and a microphone. As the stagehands prepared for SoMo, a very simple stage was revealed, consisting of stairs rising from the middle of stage, flanked on either side by a drum set and keyboard. A guitarist took his position, the lights in the venue went out, and was met with a deafening roar of screams.
SoMo took the stage without pomp and circumstance, appearing at the top of the stairs, bathed in minimal light. The beginning of his first song was barely audible as the largely female audience made their appreciation known.
From that, SoMo launched into the music, playing songs from his mixtape/EP My Life, and his two studio albums SoMo and My Life II. In between his own original music, he mixed in covers of songs by Nina Simone, J. Cole, and The Weeknd. He flipped some records by Wale and Usher as well, as he called a couple of die-hard SoMo fans onstage to give the two young ladies a particularly titillating serenade.
The show at a consistent high point, as SoMo’s impeccable vocal ability was coupled with energetic lighting and a seemingly perfection song choice. At the audience’s request, and in true R&B fashion, costume changes seemed to happen on stage at during several points during the show.
A special treat came when Kirko Bangz returned to the stage to deliver his verse on the song “Show Off,” the first of the pairing’s musical collaborations. SoMo ended the concert with the pulsating and yearning track “We Can Make Love,” before leaving the stage.
Luckily, SoMo still had one more song to perform, his trademark bedroom anthem, “Ride.” The audience was hooked from the first few notes of the lusty track, as SoMo slowed the song down for his encore performance. In between songs, the Texas native expressed his immense appreciation for his fans for supporting him, giving a special shoutout to H Town, with this stop marking the 6th time that he has played in the city.
To round out the night, he thanked not only his fans, but also his opening acts and crew for amazing tour run. As he sang his final note of the evening, the entire crew rushed the stage for a photo opp, as they threw momentos into the riotous crowd. “Less stress, more love,” SoMo exclaimed as he exited the stage, bringing a close to the Fallin Up Tour.
SoMo has clearly come far from his days of uploading musical covers on YouTube, but it just as apparent that he has not forgotten those fans that were there from the beginnings. The Austin-born singer only has bigger things ahead of him, especially with his recently inked deal with Republic Records, a new collaboration with Trey Songz and the promise of a third studio album.
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On and On
Kings & Queens
Planes (J. Cole cover)
I Do It All For You
Feeling Good (Nina Simone cover)
Young and Beautiful (Lana Del Rey cover)
You Can Buy Everything
Power Trip (J. Cole cover)
Earned It (The Weeknd cover)
Habits [Talking Body] (Tove Lo cover)
Hotline Bling (Drake cover)
Bad (Wale cover)
Or Nah (Ty Dolla $ign cover)
Nice n Slow (Usher cover)
Back to the Start
Hide and Freak
Show Off (featuring Kirko Bangz)
We Can Make Love