PHOTOS: Olivia O’Brien brings her ‘Sad F**king Tour’ to the Regency Ballroom

Olivia O'Brien

Olivia O’Brien performs at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Feb. 28, 2020. Onome Uyovbievbo/STAFF.

SAN FRANCISCO — Olivia O’Brien kicked off her Friday concert at the Regency Ballroom, the third show of her ‘It Was A Sad F**king Tour” by walking down a silhouetted stage of lights and projected retro-styled projections with “Sad Songs in the Summer,” from her 2019 debut studio album, Was It Even Real?

Olivia O'Brien

Olivia O’Brien.

O’Brien performed an early 2000s-influenced R&B song “Care Less More” and featured unreleased song “He Broke My Heart.” Although fans may not have known the lyrics to the new song, the crowd hummed and whooped in rhythm to the beat. 

The 20-year-old pop singer played two slower pop ballads, “Inhibition” and “Almost Home,” which featured an acoustic Spanish guitar overlaid with soft and sweet pop vocals. O’Brien transitioned to the funky percussion and grooving bass of “Just a Boy,” accompanied with visual cues on-screen. Fans waved their arms, stomped their feet and snapping their fingers along to the cues. 

Acoustic renditions of “hate u love u” and “Just Friends” showcased O’Brien’s range as a vocalist. Trap-influenced R&B songs “RIP” and “Fuck Feelings” had concertgoers chanting the lyrics, before O’Brien ended the main portion of her set with “Josslyn.” O’Brien returned for an encore featuring a cover of Miley Cyrus’ “See You Again” and her hit song, “Love Myself.”

Hey Violet started off with a bang, playing “Break My Heart,” from its 2017 album, “From the Outside.” This EDM-influenced rock sound had fans jump in tandem with the group on stage. For the majority of their songs, the group incorporated a trap- and electronica-influenced pop. This included its most recent single, “Clean.”

Hey Violet

Hey Violet.

Donning a blue-green velvet suit, lead vocalist Reba Lovelis accompanied the electronic synths with her punchy vocals. The band also slowed the tempo featuring songs like “Queen of the Night” and forthcoming single “She.” The remainder of Hey Violet’s set included the galloping, high-paced “Where Have You Been (All My Night),” “Party Girl” and “Guys My Age.”

Drumaq opened the show featuring his bedroom-pop-influenced beats and dreamy vocals. His set was composed of songs from his mixtape, Vitamin D. Some songs were inspired by a break-up. This was especially evident in the lyrics of “Insecurities” and “Translucent.” A cover of Rihanna’s “Consideration” also proved to be a hit.



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