Joji Concert Review

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Lo-Fi and R&B musician Joji came to Washington D.C to perform at The Anthem for his nationwide tour. Joji’s first stop was on Sep 1 in Palo Alto, California, and ended with a climactic show on Oct 20 in Atlanta, Georgia. The singer performed songs from his previous albums Nectar, BALLADS 1, and In Tongues, along with a few new songs from his upcoming album Smithereens.

The concert kicked off at 8:00p.m with openers Dhruv and SavageRealm. SavageRealm amped up the crowd and pumped them full of energy while Dhruv calmed the crowd before Joji’s appearance. Dhruv performed moonlight, airplane thoughts, retrograde, vulnerable, Don’t Know Why, grateful, and double take. Both of their performances were great and the crowd seemed to really enjoy them. Joji himself came out at 9:35p.m and performed Sanctuary as the first song of the night. He even performed some of my favorite songs including Like You Do, I Don’t Want To Waste My Time, Slow Dancing In The Dark, and will he. The total setlist consisted of Sanctuary, Yeah Right, will he, Pretty Boy (without Lil Yachty), YUKON, I Don’t Wanna Waste My Time, Attention, Can’t Get Over You, worldstar money, you suck charlie, Like You Do, Gimme Love, Slow Dancing in the Dark (acoustic), Slow Dancing in the Dark studio version, and Glimpse of Us; A great selection of some of Joji’s best hits.

Since the release of Joji’s latest album Nectar, which was released in the fall of 2020, the artist has only dropped singles, making his new album even more anticipated. His upcoming album, Smithereens, consists of nine songs, two of which have already been released. General admission tickets went for $50 each and merchandise was also sold at the venue for $40 to $80 depending on whether you got a shirt or hoodie. If you’re worried about whether these prices are worth the experience, I can tell you that this was definitely a great deal, especially since we were on the floor, up close and personal with the stage. Joji has been my favorite artist since middle school and his concert was my first so it was very memorable. I got to go with my best friend since the tickets were her birthday gift to me. Hearing the music live was such an experience and if I got the chance to go again, I would.  

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