Omar Apollo is the next rising star coming out of Indiana. Although the talented singer and occasional rapper picked up the guitar at the young age of 12 years old, Omar didn’t truly discover his passion for the instrument until a few years ago. Drawing inspiration from D’Angelo and John Mayer, his dreamy sound and silky falsetto has reeled in dedicated fans with tracks like “Brakelights” and “Unbothered,” as well as his debut Stereo EP from earlier this year.
This past weekend, Omar concluded his first headlining tour with a stellar sold-out show at the House of Blues San Diego, which I had the great pleasure of capturing. Also along for the ride was Los Angeles artist Mk.gee, who opened the show with his echoing guitar riffs and bellowing vocals. Swaying from slow jams to the upbeat “I Know How You Get,” one of the many highlights from his Pronounced McGee project, Mk.gee started the night with a refreshing style.
About an hour into the show, Omar and his band takes the stage, welcomed by a crowd full of loyal fans. Standing roughly six and a half feet tall, he’s all smiles as he runs through tunes from Stereo with an impressive range. After a few acoustic tracks, fans rap along to an explosive encore performance of “Hijo de Su Madre” to end one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. With an ever-growing list of accomplishments, we’re excited to see what Omar has planned in the near future.
Check out their recent projects and a few photos from the show after the jump.