Performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 10th, JAWNY walked onto the stage with a cheeky smile as Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” blasted. The song was one of the many mid-2000’s hits that the artist played before his set — all of which the crowd sang along to in unison.
As Swift’s song ended and JAWNY’s time began, he played the opening notes of “Take it Back” before abruptly stopping. A crew member had gotten his attention because an audience member felt unwell and needed a medic. The entire room instantly tensed up — just days before the show, the tragic events at the Astroworld festival had transpired, leaving the concert world in a state of shock and grief. Unlike artists at Astroworld, JAWNY instantly quieted the crowd, made sure the audience member was getting help, and even gave her one of his water bottles.
The crowd cheered as the artist threw a bit of shade,
“This is what we do when someone isn’t feeling good…we stop…the…show” he emphasized.
Despite being visibly shaken up after the incident and having rolled his ankle at the Oakland stop of the tour, the artist put on a stellar performance filled with energy.
JAWNY interspersed humorous stories in between performing hits such as “Honeypie”, “4Tounce”, and “For Abby”. Known for his witty storytelling, the artist shared that he constantly runs over his set time because he rambles on for too long, and sassily remarked,
“I always go over time and get in trouble with the venue…so I’ll shut the fuck up and play.”
Ironically, the artist ended up performing a multi-song encore for the crowd, though we trust that he kept his word and didn’t go over time.
JAWNY released his latest project, The Story of Hugo, in July of this year. Listen to the project here.
Article and photos by Ana Medvedeva.