Anik Khan is no stranger to performing in New York City, but last night we had the pleasure of being a part of his first ever headlining show at Rough Trade in Williamsburg. Upon entering the venue, you could instantly feel the love and good energy that was in the building. It was going to be a special night, not only for Anik, but for New York City.
The night started off with sounds from some of NYC’s favorite DJ’s, which included ODALYS, Yellow R Kel, and up and coming Afrobeat producer/dj DJ Tunez. When Anik Khan came to the stage, the crowd cheered and danced along to the Bollywood music that he is known to play at his shows. His set list included songs from his newest project ‘Kites’, as well as material from older projects. No matter what song he performed, his fans were sure to be singing along loudly. Anik took time during his performance to express immense gratitude for all who came and even shouted out his favorite Halal spot in Astoria Queens, Mahmoud’s Corner where you’re sure to get alot of halal for your buck!
Khan was born in Bangladesh and raised Queens, so the intersection of these two cultures is a common theme in his music. At the show, he expressed pride for the Bengali culture that raised him, while also acknowledging how growing up in a place as culturally, racially, and socio-economically diverse as New York City has made him the artist he is today. He spoke of the similarities between the Black and Brown experiences in the U.S. and how important it is to stand together. He even lead a “Black and Brown! Black and Brown!” chant right before the special guest, SAINT JHN came out.
It was a fun night and it was almost impossible not to be in your feelings at least some point of the night. ABIR, who attended the show last night, said it best; “Anik Khan’s sold out show @ Rough Trade reminded me of how beautiful the outcome is when you let all of your doubts + fears go ❤️”
Check out the full recap below!
— ABIR (@xoabir) July 19, 2017
The vibes at the @AnikKhan_ show were next level. Got in my feels a few times but held it together.
— Sir Nicholas (@NickyChulo) July 19, 2017
— Tori McCue (@torimccue_) July 19, 2017
— GiaPeppers.com (@GiaPeppers) July 19, 2017
Sold out my first headliner & had the venue go over capacity. No opener, just you and me. I'll remember last night forever, thank you. pic.twitter.com/JSNvN56HRD
— Khanfidénce (@AnikKhan_) July 19, 2017
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) July 19, 2017
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