Review: Sabrina Carpenter at The Vogue Theatre
The variety in Aiono’s set was the real key here– One moment wielding an acoustic guitar on a cover of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”, and then switching it up for his high intensity mashup of Drake’s “One Dance” and Nicky Jam’s “Hasta El Amanecer”. Aiono has a firm grip on the boy next door schtick, and he knows just how to work that angle. Mid-set he pulled out “Aspyn’s Song”, a track he wrote for his friends’ wedding engagement, and there wasn’t a single fangirl in the audience not swooning as he sang the lyrics “There’s nothing I want more than you eternally / So how long would it take to make this heart complete.” Aww.
But even with Aiono’s promise in delivering a solid opening set, nothing could overshadow tonight from being Sabrina Carpenter’s star-making moment. It was, after all, opening night of the De-Tour, and she kicked it off in big, celebratory form. Streamers, confetti, strobe lights, and more would accentuate the nearly 20-track setlist that heavily leaned into EVOLution but also left ample room for some surprises throughout.
Opening with electropop banger “Feels Like Loneliness” was a great way to kick start the evening, with Carpenter darting around the stage in a confident, breezy strut. Backed by a band that made her live set a bit more rock-heavy than the album was a good choice as it acted like the perfect compliment to offset her pretty, soaring vocals. Paying attention to the full package, Carpenter’s De-Tour featured video art for every single song, a detail that made the whole show feel that much more cohesive and structured.
The set featured lots of fun, unexpected moves, like when she switched things up and perched herself on a staircase stoop for an intimate, acoustic version of her debut single “Can’t Blame a Girl For Trying”. During this performance, she brought out an eight-year-old fan, Brooklyn, to join her onstage for what was a special, touching moment that counteracted the calculated production that remained constant for most of the set.
Other highlights included a cover of Ariana Grande’s hit “Into You” that saw Carpenter giving Grande a run for her money vocally, following a video interlude during which a pre-taped Carpenter covered Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” as the real life Carpenter switched out her black lace dress for a pink overalls getup. The transition cleverly tapped into Carpenter’s roots as an earnest YouTube personality performing in her bedroom.