The second leg of the SOS Tour brought a wave of excitement to Houston, a city fortunate to be included in this leg of the journey after missing out on the first. The night opened with a remarkable performance by D4VD, a Houston native who had undergone a spectacular transformation from a hardcore gamer to an internet sensation. D4VD’s music triumph began in his sister’s closet with just a phone and headphones, a journey that came full circle as he went from being an audience member at an SZA show earlier this year to touring with her. Many knew him for his viral hit “Romantic Homicide,” a testament to his incredible talent as an alternative R&B artist and a genre-bending musician. D4VD’s performance was nothing short of a rising star’s showcase, demonstrating his ability to capture emotions and feelings through his lyrics. He wrapped up his set with a powerful and moving performance of “Romantic Homicide,” leaving the crowd in awe.
The atmosphere was already charged with positive energy as the DJ got everyone on their feet, even before SZA graced the stage. Whether you were a fan of her Ctrl days or the newer SOS era, SZA’s setlist had something for everyone. The setlist contained songs from both albums and popular features like “Kiss Me More,” “All The Stars,” and “Special.” The choreography was both amazing and fun, and SZA’s powerful vocals left no doubt that the mic was on.
The set had a consistent aquatic theme, mirroring the SOS album cover, added to the visual spectacle. At one point, the set design featured a ship and later a rescue boat, taking the audience on a maritime adventure.
SZA was not just a singer; she was a dynamic performer. Her spins, jumps, and even splits showcased her charismatic stage presence. The backup dancers added to the entertainment, synchronizing flawlessly with SZA’s choreography. Her unique tone was distinct, and it was evident that she was thoroughly enjoying herself on stage.
The concert had something for everyone, whether you wanted to rock out, sing along, or dance. SZA’s outfit changes were not only fun but also perfectly aligned with her aesthetic. The LED screen in the background, depicting the ocean, created an immersive experience, making the audience feel as though they were stranded in the middle of the sea.
SZA’s passionate fan base, spanning multiple generations and cultures, underscored her universal appeal. Hits like “Doves in the Wind,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, and “Snooze” kept the crowd engaged throughout.
SZA took the performance to another level by being lifted in the air by a rescue boat, with blue lights creating the illusion of floating on water. Crowd interaction was a significant part of the show, and SZA’s connection with the audience was undeniable. Her charisma and stage presence were captivating.
But the night held one more delightful surprise. SZA returned to the stage a few minutes later to personally thank the audience. She recognized the contagious energy of the crowd and selected several standout fans to join her backstage, highlighting her genuine appreciation for her supporters.
It was evident that SZA’s love for her fans extended beyond the music, making the concert a night of musical magic, connection, and gratitude. Houston was undeniably fortunate to be a part of this extraordinary journey.