Kehlani’s latest tour, Blue Water Road, stopped for a hometown show at the Oakland Arena last Friday. The R&B artist made a spectacular return home to Oakland, CA, completely selling out the nearly 20,000-person venue. The setlist mainly included songs from Kehlani’s latest album, Blue Water Road, along with their second most recent album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which was released in 2020.
Despite the large size of the venue, the show felt personal and intimate, as Kehlani’s performance commenced with short video clips of their 3-year-old daughter, Adeya, projected on the stage. The stage was dressed with minimal sheer, white sheets to give the show an organic and authentic feel. Kehlani made an entrance with the first song on their setlist, “Little Story,” wearing a monochrome orange outfit. Alongside Kehlani were a group of four dancers wearing all white and performing swift dance movements.
Throughout the night, Kehlani stopped between songs to mention that this was the “best day ever” and that they were so thankful to all their fans for being here and making their career possible. Towards the end of the show, Kehlani brought out the tour photographer to take a “group” photo with the thousands of dedicated fans in the audience. This photo would serve as a comparison to a photo that had been taken 8 years ago at The New Parish in Oakland, a much smaller, 250-capacity venue that hosted one of Kehlani’s first shows.
Enjoy this gallery of photos from last week’s show!