Tei Shi grew up between Colombia and Canada. On stage alone, she dances and sings in both English and Spanish along to her preproduced tracks. Her last headlining show in Chicago was five years ago. However, she did just open for Kimbra at Thalia Hall on February 22nd.
For the second song in the set, she sings “BAD PREMONITION” from this year’s EP of the same name. “ It’s a bad premonition and it’s coming true / What to do? Can you just give me a sign? “ And for once can I be in the right place at the right time?” It’s a great pop song with a great groove and gets the audience dancing early on.
Later on she sings the very catchy “Matando” from her 2019 album, La Linda. “Mi amor, tu amor / Me está matando / Me voy / Me estoy debilitando / A pesar de que te quiera tanto”. This translates to “My love, your love / It is killing me / Leave / I’m getting weak / Even though I love you so much”. This song clearly demonstrates her ability to write a great pop song.
She ends the set with “When He’s Done”. “Cause when he’s done / He’ll have taken every little bit of my heart / That’s how it starts / And when he’s gone / He’ll take the words I wrote and throw them away / That’s what they say.” This track is such a great slow groove that truly showcases her excellent vocals.
In the encore, she ends the night with her biggest hit, “Bassically”, from her 2015 debut, Verde. It has over 19 million streams on Spotify.
See the full setlist here.
Cost of a ticket: $23
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