She has a new tour, a new album, and a new track for a movie...
K.Flay blew up since I first saw her in 2015.
Three summers ago my cousin and I joined up for yet another show (we have our concert buddy system down), and Third Eye Blind is the one band...with no question...we know we are going to see. Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional came to DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit in June 2015, with guest K.Flay. DTE (formerly Pine Knob) is a fun summer venue with pavilion seating and cheaper lawn seats for those looking to setup a blanket and drink beer in the hot summer sun.. or get it spilled on you…
Sometimes you’re lucky to get to the venue early enough to see some amazing openers. You can be the person shuffling through the beer lines, hitting the bathrooms, or shimmying to their seats before the band you came to see, or you can be like me with all eyes and ears on the stage.
K.Flay was dressed in head to toe black with her black hair hanging down hiding the black makeup occasionally peeking out. Black on black on black.
She had no frills. Just her and the band onstage. I immediately loved her vibe. She was raw and real. Every lyric I was able to make out from our seats applied to my life. I remember turning to my cousin and we both nodded in approval. I texted a handful of friends to stop what they were doing and find her music NOW! One responded back immediately that he was really digging the first 2-3 songs he could find, while I was hearing them live.
K.Flay is Kristine Flaherty from outside of Chicago. She has a no bullshit attitude, but there is a broken heart behind her lyrics. She’s catchy, she’s wordy, she’s heavy, she’s soft, she’s REAL. Her voice sounds sweet, but you can hear the grit and hurt. She is approachable, but makes you want to run at the same time. She’s everything in one.
She stayed on my radar over the last few years, popping up on playlists I sent to friends. Her songs were such a mirror to what I was feeling about relationships that I actually went through a period where I couldn’t listen. I’d well up on car rides when "Time For You" came up on shuffle and I had to actually remove it from my library. When I was ready I let it back in, and it was one song I was hoping to hear when she came back around to Detroit two weeks ago.
K.Flay is currently on her "Everywhere is Somewhere" tour with YUNGBLUD. They hit the Magic Stick in Detroit; a perfect little venue with billiards, a bar, an outdoor patio, and this cozy raised seating area to the side of the stage where my friends and I settled for the show. We made friends with a couple that explained the secret canvas bags we were seeing.
With a VIP ticket you got in the venue doors first, got to partake in a meet and greet plus picture with K.Flay, a free pin, the free canvas bag, a signed poster, and an exclusive 3-song acoustic performance.
I have to say, I was a little surprised at how devoted this fan base was. “K.Flay” was being chanted the moment the lights went out in anticipation for her to approach the stage. She opened with an oldie, “Make Me Fade” followed by her newer “Giver” (warning, this will be stuck in your head.)
“Black Wave” was a new one for me, but is now currently on my workout playlist. The high speed light show that ensues after she yells, “Stumbling down the street I swear to God you don’t wanna test me…” is striking.
After a few more songs, she gave a toast to YUNGBLUD, the audience and Detroit, her Dad, and to heartbreak, then went into “Wishing It Was You”. There was quite the drama in the audience at the start of “My Favorite Color Is Blue”, a Robert DeLong song she is featured on. K.Flay actually stopped the set to communicate with a fan who was stirring in the audience. Security guards rushed and pulled her up to the stage out of the crowd with blood oozing from her nose. K. urged everyone to be safe, and then restarted the song. Some people can’t handle the pit!
"Blood in the Cut" was the first single I started hearing on the radio. Up until that point I had just been playing my favorites off "Life As a Dog" on repeat so I was happy to have some new material to enjoy. I was excited to hear it during the encore. Her songs translate so well live. I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the Detroit show, it’s a great mix of new and old songs.
The "Everywhere Is Somewhere" tour continues through March until she starts her European tour with Imagine Dragons on the "Evolve Tour", kicking off the first night in Paris, France on April 3.
Her new album, "Everywhere is Somewhere", is available now. You can purchase the vinyl through her official store. She has a huge collection of merch where you can grab the canvas tote, t-shirts, pins, and even socks! K.Flay has never been shy about what she stands for, so it's no surprise you can also get this "Immigrants Welcome" tee.