Bryson Tiller turns up the heat in San Francisco

Bryson Tiller turns up the heat in San Francisco
Photo cred: Setor Tsikudo

In the heart of San Francisco, amidst the vibrant energy of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Bryson Tiller brought his electrifying stage presence to the third stop of his 2024 world tour. With four albums, five mixtapes, an EP, and a multitude of singles under his belt, Tiller had more than enough material to share at this sold-out show. 

The production was simple, yet so captivating.

Tiller walked onto the stage wearing an LED jacket that illuminated his silhouette against the darkened stage, as “Sorry Not Sorry” reverberated across the room. A cylindrical light installation dangled above the stage, flashing with the beats with bursts of fire and smoke accompanying focal points of each song. Tiller had two dancers with him, wearing lit-up masks for songs like “Run Me Dry” and his new single featuring Victoria Monet, “Persuasion”.

Photo cred: Setor Tsikudo

Tiller appeared confident onstage as the entire venue emanated his energy back at him, singing and dancing along. He played off the crowd’s momentum, continuing on with upbeat tracks “Outside” (off his recently released self-titled album) and “Rambo” (from his debut studio album, T R A P S O U L).

Photo cred: Setor Tsikudo

The lights dimmed down to red as Tiller led into some of the slower songs in his discography next. The intro to the hit single from T R A P S O U L, “Exchange”, filled the room as he encouraged “day one” audience members to sing along. He then brought the energy back up by launching into his successful collaborations: “Could’ve Been” with H.E.R., “Wild Thoughts” with Rihanna and DJ Khaled, and “Playing Games” with Summer Walker.

Following the ending notes of the latter, his dancers returned to the stage for a routine as Tiller exited.

He changed out of the LED jacket and returned wearing a white lab coat for several more tracks, including “Ciao!” and “Calypso” off the new album. The screen behind him illuminated red, showing only his silhouette as he dropped the coat and led into the single that made his name, “Don’t”.

Photo cred: Setor Tsikudo

Finishing off the night with an encore, the energy in the room ascended to new heights with hard-hitting song choices — “Right My Wrongs” and “Whatever She Wants”. It was the perfect way to end an unforgettable night filled with raw energy, exceptional stage presence, and mutual love between Tiller and his dedicated listeners. 

Photography by Setor Tsikudo

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