Wednesday Night at 6pm the doors to the Pier Six Pavilion opened, and Bryson Tiller fans from all over the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area flooded into the music venue. A beautiful cool, breezy, and sun-illuminated sky set the atmosphere. Although predominately made up of mostly female fans, the demographics ranged from high school students to mothers. The crowd was very diverse but equally excited to see Pen Griffey (Tiller’s nickname). The concert kicked off around 7pm with Baltimore rappers Lonnie Moore, Damond Blue, and Tate Kobang opening up. The Baltimore crowd showed a lot of love toward their native rapper representatives. The Bmore crowd rose to their feet when their golden boy, Tate Kobang, walked on to the stage with his head down, rapping into the microphone. Kobang blessed the audience with his most popular hits, which include his well-known “Bank Rolls” Remix. “ARE YA’LL READY FOR BRYSON TILLER? MAKE SOME NOISE”, screamed the DJ as the lights on the stage shut completely off. Bryson Tiller had executed his stage arrival perfectly, as the sun set on the Inner Harbor water.
Fog machines poured onto the stage from every direction in competition with the purple stage lights. Fans screams pierced through the city when Bryson Tiller entered the stage singing the first track on his platinum record T R A P S O U L, “Intro (Difference)”. Followed by his hit single “Exchange”, the crowd sung along to every verse. Pen Griffey shouted out his day one fans and performed some of his older songs like “Set You Free” and “Just Another”. My personal favorite Bryson Tiller song, “Open Interlude”, included a blacked out stage with a dark blue tornado-like solo light that engulfed the artist. “It’s funny, as soon as I got famous, all of my ex’s started hitting me up”, Tiller claimed. This fueled the fire we now know as “Sorry Not Sorry”. The stage had a large projector screen that displayed a tribute to the late, great, Louisville native, Muhammad Ali. Tiller, also a Louisville native, thought it was appropriate to pay homage to one of his heroes. Continuing with the bangers, Tiller followed with “Rambo” and “502 Come up”. The performance for “Rambo” had green and orange strobe lights that dissected the audience. The Pier Six Pavilion was lit. “Can I get ya’ll on Snapchat real quick”, Tiller asked as he put the energetic crowd on his Snapstory. Pen Griffey ended the night with his most popular song “Don’t”, enticing every single person in attendance to record the moment on his or her phone.
Tiller had a great stage presence, despite being criticized in the past for not being interactive. In addition, he has a great live voice, which is not always the case with singers. His ability to sing and rap integratively is matched by few. There were stage malfunctions with either too much fog or not enough lighting, which Bryson Tiller commented on during the show. Overall, it was an enjoyable concert experience and fans everywhere are looking forward to his next project, She’s Got My Soul. Big Sean mentioned on his Snapchat this week that he has a song on the way with Bryson Tiller, so be on the lookout for that. The set list for the show is featured below.
Bryson Tiller Trapsoul Tour Setlist
Set You Free
Ten Nine Fourteen
Let Em’ Know
Sorry Not Sorry
502 Come Up
For However Long
Been That Way