Fans Get Personal At Keshi’s Fonda Theater Show, Enjoying The Love And Comfort From His Words

Keshi @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné

All in favor of Keshi being the new “Boy Next Door” prototype, raise your hands. 🙋🏽‍♀️

If you’re not familiar with Keshi, his music has that lo-fi study vibe. Its sound is soft and melodic, like a summer sunset accompanied by beautifully crafted guitar strings. Do yourself a favor and browse through his current discography, you can tell he’s well on his way to being music’s next big star.

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When I arrived at the Fonda Theater on June 14, I was surrounded by Keshi fans and music lovers eager to see the Sugar Land native’s live performance as well as the opening acts. Rey Brown and george. As I took my place in the photo pit, I saw a young woman standing in the front holding a bouquet of lilies.

“Are these flowers for Keshi?” They are beautiful. What brings you to today’s show? Why do you love Keshi so much? I asked him over the booming music.

“As a fellow Vietnamese, I was thrilled to see another Vietnamese artist arrive like this,” she replied. Another young woman in the back agreed, while another asked, “what’s the matter?”

Keshi @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
Keshi Fans @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
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Keshi @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
Keshi @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné

“Why do you like Keshi?” »

“I don’t know, I went through a lot with him in high school, when I was like, not in a good shape. I really like his music. Like his voice. Like he is.

“Why do you like Keshi?” »

“Oh my God. Well, first of all, my girlfriend and I just broke up.

[A collective group of awes breaks out.]

“So this album and the metaphors in it were really touching. Like religious or not, it really touched a certain [way], you know. That’s why I’m sad that he doesn’t “Limbo,” because I think I was most connected to that one. Especially like after the breakup, like, I kept Gabrielle repeat.

So it’s kind of like a comfort album in a way, but I like Keshi because of his metaphors and the way he likes to talk to people through his music because, I don’t know him, but I feel like I sat down and got advice from him you know.

“His voice is so comforting,” shares another fan.

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Keshi @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
Keshi @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné

As soon as Keshi took the stage, it was like pandemonium had broken out. The screams, cheers and energy from everyone in the Fonda were over 100. Everyone was singing the lyrics to his 20-song set from start to finish.

I’ve been to a ton of shows and haven’t experienced many with that kind of energy and love.

Besides the occasional shouting of “take your shirt off!” and “Keshi, I love you!”, I captured many beautiful moments as I walked through the crowd. In the back I peeked at a couple of slow dancers “To touch.” To the left of the stage, a group of friends played a guessing game on the next song before exploding with happiness. When “Western coast” started, a girl started shaking her boyfriend immediately as she jumped as high as she could. You can’t tell me that wasn’t his song.

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Everyone seemed really fascinated by Keshi’s music. Before the show, I shared memorable conversations with fans about what it meant to them. Whether they liked him because of something cultural like being the dominant representation of a Vietnamese-American or Asian male that they wanted and needed, or just connected to his music because of his words and voice , it was an enhanced experience. I could see it in their eyes, they really liked his music. They support his art. He will become a big star. Fans will make sure of that.

I strongly recommend that you consult by Keshi album, Gabrielle. I have it on loop. Tell a friend.

Photography & Words by Asha Mone

Rei Brown @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
Rei Brown @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
GEORGEE @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné
GEORGEE @ Fonda Theater by Asha Moné