The world-renowned Lonely Boy stopped in The A on his North American trek this weekend. The “Stay with Me” singer wowed the crowd Saturday night during his headlining set at Atlanta’s annual Music Midtown Festival.
Smith opened the show with his hit single “I’m Not the Only One” and that moment and on was pure bliss.
The setlist was heavily weighed with material from his debut album “In The Lonely Hour,” but the audience was more than pleased when he belted out “Lay Me Down,” which was featured on the deluxe version of the number one record.
Midway through the show, Smith dropped it low and recruited the audience to sing along to Naughty Boy’s “La La La.”
One of the festival’s greatest highlights was when Smith took a backseat to showcase his band and back-up singers, who soulfully segued from Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry on Their Own” to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s timeless “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
There was no doubt that the crowd would roar every time Smith finished a tune, cheese at the mob of fans with his child-like smile and say “Thank you Atlanta — I love you so much.”
When he waved the crowd good-bye, the crowd was left speechless — and anxious for more. After chanting for an encore, Smith returned to the stage for three more songs. He asked the audience members to activate the flashlight on their iPhones as he cooed through an acoustic version of Disclosure’s “Latch.”
Without surprise, Smith ended the set with the song that entered him in the game. Word for word, Atlanta beautifully sang along to “Stay With Me.”
On the streets afterward, festival-goers were chanting their college alma-maters in excitement and pledging their allegiances to returning for Music Midtown 2016.” Smith will be touring through the end of the year.
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