Sadly I have been on a concert withdrawl for a couple of months now. Of course not from my own choosing, but when you don’t have the coin, you can’t just do everything you would like to. Yet, when I saw that Trevor Jackson was going to be in Norfolk, I knew I had to go. Since he released his In My Feelings mixtape last summer, I have been playing it out to no end, impressed with his transition from Disney Channel actor to R&B’s new prince.
With his Disney Channel background, I walked into the FM Restaurant knowing that a sprinkle of kids would be there, but I was wrong. The place was FILLED with children as young as elementary school age, while their parents lined the bar. And they were there early ready to see Jackson. With me being in my mid-twenties, I felt like I was chaperoning a school approved field trip. After the initial shock set in (thanks to an alcoholic beverage that made me feel like an adult again), I was ready for the show to began.
The show opened up with VA artist Huey Supreme who did a great job at captivating and engaging the kiddie audience. Having around a 45 minute set, Huey Supreme gave me feels of both J. Cole and Q-Tip at times, by telling a story with each track he performed. Although I have no video of his set, you can listen to some of his tracks below.
After Huey Supreme left the stage, there was a brief intermission as Abby The DJ rocked the crowd with some current tracks, before the headliner Trevor Jackson hit the stage. He started his set singing acapella, before he performed literally every. single. record. on his In My Feelings tape (except Like I Do). Along with his backup dancers, Jackson brought his frequent collaborator (and older brother) Iyn Jay with him, as they rocked the stage performing Turn Down and One She Callin’.
Jackson even took it back, performing some of his earlier hits including Like We Grown. He even took on other artists records including Rihanna and Drake’s Work and singing Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You” acapella.
After stripping his shirt off (which let me tell you the twelve year old girls thoroughly enjoyed), he came back to the stage to close out the set with Rock Wit Me. Once the show was over, Jackson stayed around to take pictures with fans ONLY if you buy a $10 CD. That I passed on and lowkey side-eyed, but hey get your coin anyway you can. Overall, the show was AMAZING. The undeniable fact is that Trevor Jackson is a natural born performer. Duh he can sing, but when he sings live he sounds just like the record, which -let’s be honest- is rare these days. On top of that he gives electrifying dance routines, very reminiscent of Michael Jackson. It appalls me that Trevor Jackson is not bigger than what he is right now, but when the talent is that high, you have to know that his time is coming any day now. View some of the footage from the show below 🙂