KIM PETRAS LEADS THE FUTURE OF POP

with POWERHOUSE SUMMER STAGE PERFORMANCE

Words & Photos by Kenny Bieber

October 13, 2021

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The landscape of pop music is ever-evolving these days. With so much talent on the rise it can be hard to determine who’s in it for the long run and who is not. After her dynamite performance at the final Stone Pony Summer Stage show for the season, rising pop sensation Kim Petras showcased her tremendous appeal, electrifying stage presence and diverse range establishing her longevity as a genuine talent. Amid a large crowd of eager fans, Petras dominated the stage with a set full of eye-popping production design, crisp choreography, and a setlist that managed to incorporate fan-favorites and seamlessly incorporated her latest single “The Future Is Now” as well.

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In-between songs, Petras established a genuine connection with fans and despite temporary weather-related setbacks, maintained a consistent level of joy and exuberance throughout. Petra’s momentum was exhilarating to behold and the balance between spectacle-sized moments and intimate ones added a rich level of variety and versatility to the proceedings.

With most pop performances, it can sometimes be challenging to bring certain songs to life. However, for Petras each track was translated to the stage with style, flair and sophistication and there were plenty of stand-outs throughout. Latest single “The Future Is Now” makes for a vibrant and exciting opener and renditions of established classics “I Don’t Want It At All”, “Heart To Break” and “Hillside Boys” were met with rapturous applause and were notably exciting to experience live. What also was so refreshing about Petra’s performance is the noteworthy sincerity, passion and the thrill of seeing an ascending talent fully realizing their potential. In an era where pop songs and artists can come or go or be regulated to a trend, it’s all the more important when a promising talent announces herself. Thankfully, as evidenced by her Summer Stage performance, Kim Petras delivered an accomplished showcase for her soaring, soulful and vital artistry.

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With the ever-changing climate of pop music and the industry in general, one is always wondering what the next big thing is going to look like. To paraphrase her recent single, Petras’ performance proved that her future as a new voice for pop starts now. For more updates regarding future tours and upcoming releases, be sure to follow Kim Petras on all socials and streaming platforms, be sure to also check out her new single “The Future Starts Now” available on all listening platforms now!

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Kenny Bieber is a local music journalist and photographer who also highly values a good pun, quality milkshake and swears he doesn’t have too many records. He’s generally just happy to be here.

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