Electropop and LGBTQ icon Betty Who brought The Big Tour to Detroit last Saturday. The hometown show took place in front of a packed house full of friends, family, and a diverse crowd of fans new and old.
Saturday’s show was Betty Who’s first headline show in Michigan since the 2017 Party in the Valley Tour.
Fans came out early and were eager to get a Taste of Betty’s vivacious performance featuring an ever-rotating wardrobe, sexually charged choreography and back up dancers.
A video wall displaying various themes set the mood for a memorable night. Betty performed the entirety of her new album BIG! in addition to a mixed set of songs from other releases.
The show opened with high energy songs like “WEEKEND” and “SHE CAN DANCE” before slowing things down for an acoustic performance of the album’s title track. Betty took to the piano for this song to showcase her more delicate side.
The piano was pulled away after the ballod. Betty leapt back into action with a mashup of songs spanning her back catalog. Fans were thrilled and momentarily teased during the medley, before the set shifted gears back to the new songs.
Halfway through the set, Betty pulled out an acoustic guitar to slow it down once again. This time, she jumped down from the stage to join the crowd on the floor for two songs that quickly turned into sing alongs.
Surrounded by smiling faces and camera phones, it was clear that Betty was thriving as she stepped back from the mic while the crowd sang The Valley’s “Wanna Be” back to her.
The look in her eye told us that the artist was indeed where she wanted to be.
Nearing the end of the night, the set focused on older hits from 2014’s Take Me As You Go. A palpable pop resonated from the audience as the infectious sound of “All of You” filled the room. Closing out the main set was breakout hit “Somebody Loves You.” Saint Andrew’s Hall was drenched in color and the crowd danced their hearts out.
After a brief pause, Betty retook the stage in a black leotard for “BLOW OUT MY CANDLE,” the lead single off BIG!. It wouldn’t be a Betty Who show without her cover of Donna Lewis’ “I Love You Always Forever.” The cover reminded fans that she truly loves them always, forever.