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.
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!