By Graeme Wiggins
Fortune Sound Club
August 18, 2018
It’s hard to say what exactly went wrong with this show. It’s possible that Lucki doesn’t quite have enough international mainstream appeal to headline a show just yet. Could just be summer issues, or perhaps that the show was all-ages. Whatever the case, Fortune was near empty for Chicago rapper Lucki’s Vancouver debut and it did take a bit of the energy out of the show. Openers COLDTVRKY and yurmsauce tried their hardest to get the energy up but it’s hard when you’re playing to 15 people on the floor. COLDTVRKY managed to get some energy up by getting onto the floor and jumping around with the kids but the challenge was real.
When Lucki hit the stage, the floor crowd increased quite a bit but still remained fairly small. And while his delivery was on point and his singular voice stood out — notably on songs “LowLife” and “Sunset” — their chill vibe didn’t quite push the young crowd into a frenzy, despite their enjoyment. The strength of the songs made the show worthwhile and with a languid, syrupy charisma, Lucki was a strangely captivating watch. I’m not sure what could have been done to improve the show, but he did what he could to keep the kids happy and us small band of fans left happy enough.