BY ARIANA LABARRIE
Lukas Graham and Daye Jack made their Chicago tour stop at Wicker Park’s Double Door with a memorable sold out show last night, in what may be one the historic venue’s final shows. Daye Jack, a Nigerian rapper who released his debut mixtape Hello World straight from his dorm room at NYU, opened the show with songs from his debut project, as well as his 2015 EP Soul Glitch. Still relatively new to the game, Jack has already received some major co-signs, landing him on artists to watch lists from Huffington Post, Complex, Billboard, Pigeons & Planes and more. Daye Jack had loyal fans at the show, but also won over a new crowd last night with his socially conscious raps (something that resonates especially well in Chicago) and his music’s production, which is influenced by both soul and electronic music.
Lukas Graham, a band from Denmark fronted by Lukas Graham Forchhammer, are known for their pop-soul music. Their mega single ‘7 Years’ which broke them into the U.S. scene, has peaked all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band opened the show with a slower record, ‘Better Than Yourself’, but then built momentum with performances of their records ‘Drunk In The Morning’ and ‘Take The World By Storm’. The momentum built led to an all out rager when the band jumped around along with the crowd to ‘Strip No More’. Later into their set they closed out the show with ‘Funeral’, where Lukas takes an uplifting view on death and talks about how he wants his funeral to be a celebration of life. After having the crowd begging them to come back, the band came back to play ‘7 Years’ and ‘Happy Home’, an encore that the Windy City crowd will not soon forget.
Lukas teared up at the end of the show, saying that this has been the best night of his life and that Chicago has been the loudest crowd yet. The show was extra special for him because he had flown his mom out to see the concert, so he smiled with sheepish pride while bowing to the sold out crowd.
Check out some of Ariana LaBarrie’s photos of Lukas Graham and Daye Jack’s Chicago performance, and see if they are traveling to a city near you, below!
Photos by Ariana LaBarrie
LUKAS GRAHAM AND DAYE JACK TOUR DATES
Fr 4/22 Detroit, MI Shelter
Sun 4/24 Norfolk, VA Norva Theater
Mon 4/25 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Sun 5/1 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Tue 5/3 Dallas, TX House of Blues, Cambridge Room
Thu 5/5 Atlanta, GA Vinyl ATL
Fri 5/6 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Sun 5/8 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Mon 5/9 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Wed 5/11 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
Thu 5/12 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Thu 5/19 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room