It’s almost impossible to leave a Samia concert without skipping. That’s just science. Host the concert in a venue like Paradise Rock Club, where everywhere you stand feels like you’re part of an intimate semi-circle among friends, and you might even turn that skip into a cartwheel.
Samia made her first headline tour one to remember. Not only does her voice sound like it was straight off the best take on the album, but her gratefulness seeps into every interaction between songs.
At one point, about halfway through the set, someone threw her a homemade stuffed pig with a note attached to it that said, “I made this for you because I trust you most.” Fans of her song, “Is There Something in the Movies,” will immediately understand the reference. She certainly did and gave her pig a big hug after letting out a big, “Awww!!”
Other gifts that night include a bead necklace that she put on immediately & a sign that she read aloud while holding back a laugh, “That sign just says boobs.” Her audience certainly has a lot of range.
Samia’s set focused mostly around her debut album, The Baby, but gave way to singles like “Django” and “Show Up” as an encore. There were really enjoyable surprises, too, like when her drummer started drumming Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and she took to the mic with, “They don’t love you like I love you.”
At one point, she said, “I have to let him do this” as she stepped aside and let her drummer sing Forever Young by Neil Diamond. The whole audience took out their phone flashlights, obviously.
The fun she has singing them live is infectious. As she dances with her bandmates in between singing, there’s a slightly dorky confidence that invites you to flail your arms with her and belt her harmonies.
She’s an incredibly thoughtful performer, too. She noted to the audience that she’s trying to play different songs on each side of the stage so that everyone can have a good show.
Samia’s concert was a wonderful mix of silky & dynamic vocals, a wholesome & thoughtful disposition, and an energy that gave everyone permission to smile and let loose.
Even if you only know a few songs, it’s a great time. Don’t miss it! Tickets here.