Latino bedroom pop artist Cuco took over Metro (3730 N. Clark St.) June 24 for the first of two sold-out shows that bookended the week of his 21st birthday.
Chicago native Victor Internet and indie pop band Triathalon opened the show, preparing the crowd for the relaxed songs from Cuco (born Omar Banos).
While Cuco’s music may be laid-back, the crowd’s reaction to the L.A.-based singer was anything but, as he took the stage to an unreleased track, “Intro feat. Foos Gone Wild,” the opening song off his forthcoming debut album “Para Mi.”
After hyping up the crowd, Cuco retreated behind his keyboard for the majority of the show.
He revealed he’d been sick recently but that didn’t stop him from delivering smooth vocals to crowd favorites “Lo Que Siento” and “Hydrocodone.”
Light-emitting diode (LED) screens lining the back of the stage flashed neon, hypnotic patterns illuminating Cuco and his touring band. The intensity of the patterns picked up as Cuco danced around the stage during the last few tracks of his set which included the upbeat single “Bossa No Sé.”
Post-dance party, Cuco left the stage and the house lights rose as crew members began cleaning the stage, but the crowd refused to leave. The same dedicated fans that sold out the initial Chicago date so fast that this second show was added demanded one more song.
While waiting, the audience took its turn in the spotlight uniting to sing happy birthday to Cuco.
As those in the back began to file out, Cuco returned to the stage saying he hadn’t planned on performing an encore. The crowd utilized the space from those who left a few moments too early to squish in closer to the stage, enjoying one last intimate track with the singer.
“Para Mi” is set to be released July 26. Cuco is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.