By: Brenna Mata
My first visit to the freshly established 713 Music Hall was for none other than the phenomenal and exhilarating performer Jillian Banks, who goes by BANKS as her stage name. I feel I should mention that I am no stranger when it comes to BANKS’ music and have been consumed by her albums since 2016 when she was booked at the now retired Day for Night Festival in 2016. That festival was one of my first music photography gigs where yes, I did get some sick shots of her which she then shared on her social media! 17 year-old me was so happy and 23 year-old me still has those same feelings.
That was the last time I witnessed a BANKS show and now almost 6 years later getting to see her on the Serpentina Tour was, to put it simply, the sweetest treat. Not to mention that her opening acts Samoht and Lauren Jauregui (former Fifth Harmony member) prepped the crowd with their soulful pop and R&B tunes too catchy to turn away from.
BANKS’ made her grand entrance with Misunderstood, the first track off of her fourth studio album Serpentina, stunning in an all black outfit accompanied by her talented dancers Hailey and Sarah. Something you’ll find yourself gazing into at a BANKS show is the awe of her insane vocals. The fact that her voice shines even brighter in concert than on her records is a characteristic I often don’t find at most shows I go to.
What also caught the crowd and myself off guard were the number of throwback songs she included on this setlist! For the first time ever BANKS performed Someone New from the 2014 release of fan-favorite album Goddess, as well as Brain and Drowning (day one fans rise up!) which had the audience screaming at the top of their lungs.
Some personal favorites of mine throughout the night included The Devil, a sinister anti-love ballad that changes my entire mood (in the best way possible). 10/10. Plus the classic Gemini Feed, Gimme, and her newest pop perfection Holding Back.
The Serpentina Tour will continue to make its way through North America to the end of August and then across the pond in Europe starting in September! Grab your tickets to experience the thrilling sounds and feelings of a BANKS show.