With a silky voice and the swagger to match, Chicago native Mick Jenkins returned to the stage last night at Thalia Hall to perform songs from his latest album, "Pieces of a Man". Opening for him were hip hop artists Stock Marley and Kari Faux, with a surprise appearance by Chicago rapper Jean Deaux. As the three performed one after another, their set's flowed into each other creating the energy for what would be an incredible show.
As the lights cascaded over him, the 27-year-old performer opened with songs from "Pieces of a Man", much to the audience’s enjoyment. The almost three-hour long show sailed by like a serene paradise, with the crowd members bouncing and vibing to every verse. Known for his unique flow and love of alliterations, Jenkins certainly delivered when it came to his lyricism in a live setting. Along with tracks including Ghosts and Spread Love, Jenkins also dipped into several past hits, including one of his most famous songs, Jazz, from his 2015 album Water[s]. It was no surprise that the Chicago artist delivered with such high quality, but he performed with a feeling of inviting the audience to join him on the journey that his music has taken him.
Overall, Mick Jenkins’ show was one filled with love and energy and community, from the crowd chants to the acapella renditions of some of his personal favorite songs. Not only did Jenkins create a beautiful environment to perform in (and be a part of as an audience member), but he brought true Chicago pride to Thalia Hall.