Jack Harlow, a 21-year-old emerging hip hop artist from Louisville, KY, brought the Mission Tour to the Parish at House of Blues in New Orleans on Halloween night. Though this was Harlow’s first time headlining a show in the city, he’s no stranger to New Orleans. In fact, he performed here just last year at the 2018 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience!
Louisville Rapper takes over the Parish Room
As the time for Jack Harlow to hit the stage neared, the crowd in the Parish began to get louder and antsier. Soon enough the crowd began to chant his name right before the beat of “Sunday Night” began to play. As soon as he stepped onto the stage, Harlow was energetic and confident.
Throughout the hour, he performed about 15 or 16 catchy tracks that had the crowd hype. The majority of the setlist were newer tracks from his most recent album, Confetti, but he performed some older tracks from his earlier projects too. In fact, in between songs Harlow asked if the crowd had listened to him before Confetti dropped. It was evident the crowd was filled with day one fans as they sang along to tracks word for word, including “9th Grade,” “Sundown,” “PickYourPhoneUp,” and “Dark Knight.”
Not only is his music is catchy and real but Harlow is humble. He expressed how grateful he was for everyone who made a trip to be at the show and spending their Halloween seeing him live. He also took a second to thank the guys running the soundboard for making the music sound great! And like every out of town artist who visits NOLA, he mentioned how he recently tried some local New Orleans food, “I just had one of those shrimp boys.”
One of my favorite moments during the show was when the Louisville rapper performed his single, Thru the Night. The song features another fellow Louisville native, Bryson Tiller, and samples a high-pitched version of Usher’s 2001 hit, “U Don’t Have to Call.” The crowd went so hard when rapping along to Jack’s verse of the song that he asked his DJ to run it back one more time.
Though Harlow isn’t exactly a household name (yet), it’s safe to say he is making his mark! “I’m Jack Harlow and I’m from Louisville, KY. When we come back it’s gonna be stupid!” With that being said, I would highly recommend buying a ticket to see him live next time he’s in New Orleans. You won’t regret it.
If you missed the Mission Tour’s stop in New Orleans or just want to re-live the night, you can watch clips of their performance on my Jack Harlow Instagram highlight and view the photo gallery below.