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Live Review: Kali Uchis @ The Anthem — 5/9/23

Live Review: Kali Uchis @ The Anthem — 5/9/23
Kali Uchis performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on May 4, 2023. (Photo by Macy Bryant)

DMV native Kali Uchis made a DC stop on her sold-out Red Moon In Venus Tour not long ago, and she embraced her “hometown” with a phenomenal show at The Anthem.

With over 30 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Kali has risen to fame rapidly over the past few years. Her career started in 2012 when a mixtape of hers gained the attention of big names in the music industry. Kali’s soulful mix of R&B, reggaeton, hip-hop, and Latin pop, maintains her presence and popularity in the industry. In 2018, Kali released her first album, Isolation, to wide acclaim from listeners. Kali gradually caught the attention of artists such as Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz, Tyler, the Creator, and Daniel Caesar, with whom she’s since created music and continued to grow in influence. 

Check out Kali Uchis on Instagram.


Kali Uchis returned to The Anthem in DC on May 5 for a concert that drew heavily from her new album, Red Moon In Venus while also nodding to her debut, Isolation (2018), and her sophomore record Sin Miedo (2020). In terms of Kali’s performance, it was choreographed and rehearsed to a tee — and the practice definitely paid off. Between her six complementary background dancers, flawless lighting, seamless stage design, and her own dance steps, the show was perfectly executed and equally entertaining. 

Kali’s voice is unhesitatingly incredible. She hits the high notes just as easily as the low, and melts her lyrics into her rhythm, in a beautiful and captivating manner. One song in which she immaculately demonstrated her vocal skills was “Loner,” recorded for her first EP, Por Vida, in 2015. And Kali of course was phenomenal in each song she performed. 

Watch Kali Uchis perform “Loner” live via YouTube:

Kali Uchis’ setlist:

  1. Frikitona (Plan B cover)
  2. Telepatía
  3. See You Again (Tyler, the Creator cover)
  4. Get You (Daniel Caesar cover)
  5. Worth the Wait
  6. 10% (KAYTRANADA cover)
  7. Melting
  8. Rica y apretadita (El General cover)
  9. Salvaje (Gastam feat. Hector y Don Omar cover)
  10. Tattoo (Unreleased)
  11. Papi chulo (Lorna cover)
  12. fue mejor 
  13. Dead to Me
  14. Loner
  15. Moonlight
  16. Diabla (Unreleased)
  17. Speed
  18. Moral Conscience
  19. Sad Girlz Luv Money (Amaarae cover)
  20. Not Too Late (interlude)
  21. Come te quiero yo
  22. Hasta cuando 
  23. Endlessly
  24. I Wish You Roses
  25. After the Storm
  26. Blue

DC marked halfway through Kali’s tour. If you have the opportunity to catch her on tour, I would not hesitate to take advantage of that opportunity. Her show was truly unforgettable, and her performance is not one to miss. 

Let’s celebrate Kali Uchis as a child of the DMV! Although she is now a global Latin superstar, she was born locally in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1994.

Here are some photos of Kali Uchis performing on the Red Moon In Venus Tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on May 4, 2023. All photos by Macy Bryant and courtesy of Sacks & Co., the tour’s publicity firm.



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