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On Tuesday night, the internet’s most beloved Tomboy, Chelsea Cutler sold out her second night at the 3,000 cap Terminal 5 in NYC in support of her debut album “How to Be Human,” which came out in January.
Along with killer visual production, Chelsea brings a ton of energy to the stage when she performs, helping liven up her somber and mellow tunes in a way that makes them easy to sing along and enjoy.
It’s not an easy task to do, but Cutler’s rabid fanbase has bought in to Chelsea’s brand of honest and open songwriting, and are some of the most involved fans I’ve seen at live shows, dating back to when I first saw her live in 2018 opening for Quinn XCII. Even back then, if you didn’t know it, you would’ve thought the crowd packing Irving Plaza was there just for Chelsea. Of course, that’s amplified by about 10X now that she’s able to pack Terminal 5 to the gills and has the entire stage production geared toward her own music.
Extra Notes: You could tell Chelsea’s stage setup found inspiration from her good friend Lauv’s setup when he played at Terminal 5 back in October. Check out those photos here.
Fans of Cutler have crossed polinated as fans of Jeremy Zucker, Cutler’s close friend, label-mate and Brent EP co-collaborator. Zucker, also a New Jersey native like Cutler, has made appearances at her last few NYC shows and once again came out on Tuesday night to sing “you were good to me” alongside her. Chelsea was also quick to point out it was Zucker’s birthday, and got the entire 3,000 fan crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” back to him.
Alexander 23 played his heart out on stage in support of Cutler as the opener, and was a thrill in his own right. His relatable lyricism about love and heartbreak, combined with his jovial, at-ease attitude helped loosen the crowd up before Chelsea, and undoubtedly earned him a host of new fans at the same time.