SAN FRANCISCO – Approaching the stage with a laid-back and friendly demeanor, Dijon, proved that his vocals were more than meets the eye at the Swedish American Music Hall Wednesday.
The Baltimore-raised, L.A.-based singer-songwriter, whose full name is Dijon Duenas, began his set with “Drunk,” an alternative spin on typical R&B sound. His powerful vocals filled the room as his raw passion reverberated in the lyrics. With the aid of a talented band backing him up, Dijon’s music provided a rhythmic tone that instantly caught the ear and was easy to follow.
“Who is doing it like you?” one fan yelled out between songs, to which Dijon promptly responded: “Not one damn single person.”
Picking up his guitar and evoking the rough, scratchy vocals of “Rock and Roll,” Duenas excited the fans in the room. Feeding off the energy of the crowd, which was by that point shouting back lyrics, he maintained the bouncing energy.
“Simmer down,” he joked at one point.
In a change of pace, the rising artist slowed things down to show off his vocal range on ”Wild,” “Dog Eyes,” “Jesse” and “Skin,” which all resonated with the sweetness in his tender notes.
During his last song of the main set, “Violence,” Dijon walked into the crowd and as the song reached its apex, concertgoers circled around him and sang along. He tripped on his way back to the stage with our missing a note.
Following a short break, he returned to conclude the show with the acoustic “Good Luck.”
Deaton Chris Anthony, otherwise known as, DCA, amped up the crowd with his blend of electro-pop and R&B on songs like “Mr. Call You Back” and “Late Night Lovin,’” off his 2019 debut album, BO Y. The fusion of trap beats over Antony’s signature sound added additional texture to his already unique style.
Donning a “Matrix”-like black trench coat and silver sunglasses, Deaton walked down the steps of the stage and incited a mosh pit. His electro-pop beats overlaid with ’80s-stylized funk synths and accompanied voice processor instantly got people dancing. DCA’s high energy was sustained through his set with his latest single, “1999 She,” while he worked up a sweat.