Leon Bridges sure knows how to put on a show. The rising R&B star brought an irresistible mix of hits, anecdotes and slick dance moves to the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles last night (October 18) as part of Hilton’s ongoing concert series that gives Hilton Honors members access to exclusive performances and fancy food by chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten. (Previous performers have included Kesha, OneRepublic, Halsey, Beck and Maren Morris). It can be hard to create the right atmosphere outside of a traditional concert setting, but Leon had no such problem.
The 29-year-old kicked off the show with his current single, “If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be),” before transitioning into “Bad Bad News” — another highlight from his Good Thing LP. From there, Leon dusted off some fan favorites from his debut album including “Better Man,” “Shy” (a song he described as a “sentimental booty call”) and breakout hit “Coming Home.” He also charmed the crowd with stories about his early days on the open-mic night circuit as well as his initial plans to become a dancer.
Not that the Fort Worth, Texas native let his foot off the gas. Leon got through most of his new LP including “Beyond,” “You Don’t Know” and “Mrs.,” before winding up with older tunes like “Brown Skin Girl,” “Smooth Sailin” and “Flowers.” As expected, he belted out signature song “River” as the encore. Don’t miss the chance to see the R&B crooner the next time he swings by your city.