As the lights began to dim in the Spokane Arena on July 9, some 12,000 teens, college students and fans of many ages prepared themselves for the experience that is the Free Spirit World Tour. After the crowd was warmed up by the brilliant young opener, Clairo, the night’s headliner — Khalid — stepped on stage to take the audience through the journey that is the album “Free Spirit.”
Along with tracks from that most recent album, Khalid performed a selection from another brilliant album of his, the 2017 release “American Teen.” While singing hits such as “Location,” “Better” and “Talk,” Khalid was joined on stage by his phenomenal dance crew, who helped set the energetic mood for those songs.
As a master of making beautifully heartbreaking songs, Khalid made sure to offer his fans deep cuts such as “Saved” and “Coaster.” The music star performed these songs while sitting on a stool, alone and in the center of his stage, giving the audience a sense of intimacy and access to him and the songs’ messages.
The concert progressed with the performance of a medley of his popular duets (“Love Lies” with Normani, “OTW” with Ty Dolla Sign and Black, and “Eastside” with Halsey), this time done as solos. Then fans were treated to an excerpt from the “Free Spirit” short film that had accompanied the album, and a moment was set aside to spotlight the singer’s dance crew.
Closing the Spokane show was the song “Saturday Nights.” This song is a personal favorite of mine — but, unfortunately, it was not performed on a Saturday.
Overall, this concert showcased unimaginable vocals, unmatched stage presence, and unforgettable memories for each and every concertgoer. Khalid delivered the type of experience that couldn’t be found at a giant stadium concert or at a small bar gig — but only at the Free Spirit World Tour.