Tapping Into The Frequency

Kid Cudi at Echostage in D.C. | 10.8.17

When I had learned that Kid Cudi announced a tour in support of Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ I was so hype! That hype quickly turned into disappointment when I learned he wasn’t coming to my area. I saw he was coming to D.C., but didn’t think too much into it at the time.

With me not wanting to stay home for too long, I knew I was due for another weekend trip. I was looking at different concerts/things to do and remembered the D.C. show. Unfortunately, I procrastinated in getting a ticket so I (for the first time ever in my concert going history!) bought a secondhand ticket via StubHub. The up charge made me cringe but I knew seeing Cudi would be worth it.

One of the main reasons I wanted to see Cudi was because I feel like this wouldn’t happen again. Cudi hasn’t toured too often in recent years and I figured this would be my one shot to see Mr. Rager himself. I’ve loved Cudi for a long time now— ever since A Kid Named Cudi dropped in 2008. He was an artist I always heard throughout high school and into college. Kid Cudi, in a way, represented who I was growing up. Kind of an outsider, more into the alternative scene, wanting to break out… I felt that in Cudi’s music. I LIVE for tracks like “Dat New “New,”‘ “Sky Might Fall,” “Mr. Rager,” “Red Eye,” the list goes on.

When Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ was released last December, it felt like a reemergence of Cudi. It felt like fans got the Cudi they were looking forward to back. One of my favorite albums of 2016, I was excited to finally hear some of these songs live!

Echostage in D.C. is a 5,000 cap venue I’ve only been to one other time (to see Twenty One Pilots in September 2015). I took an Uber to the venue probably less than an hour before door time and stood in the oddly humid heat (thanks climate change!). Once inside the venue, I grabbed a drink and was in the center of the pit. There was no opener for the show and after standing in the pit for a while, a group decision to stand in the back of the crowd was made. I was totally fine with that because it’s been a minute since I’ve watched a show in the pit and have had people crammed against me.

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ | @kidcudi last night in DC! Recap coming to the blog soon!⚡️#ppdstour

A post shared by Amira Taylor (@amirataylor) on

Once Cudi got on stage, the excitement just filled up as I tried not to spill my drink while jumping up and down. It was as though I tapped into whatever frequency Cudi was on and was vibin’ with it. A few songs into the set, I was able to get into the second floor VIP section. The view from that level and seeing the crowd was soooo nice! I watched the rest of the set from up there and heard some of my favorites. Cudi dipped into his catalog and gave us a set of 16 songs. When “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” transitioned into “Pursuit of Happiness,” it was truly a moment.

There were few times during the show where I was just thinking to myself, wow I’m really hearing this song live. I don’t know why, but it was overwhelming in a sense. These songs, both new and old, that I love so much were being performed in front of me and a sold out crowd. It’s crazy!!! It’s been a while since a show has had that effect on me.

Mr. Rager, Mr. Rager
Tell me where you’re going, tell us where you’re headed

I’d definitely see Kid Cudi again if I could. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long next time!

Thriving post concert Arby’s bag in tow semi soaked from the rain

Top Albums of 2017
Summer's Over

You Might Also Like

No Comments

    Leave a Reply