9:30 Club Concerts

The Weeknd @ 9:30 Club

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WASHINGTON, DC - April 26th, 2012 -  Canadian recording artist and record producer Abel Tesfaye, pka The Weeknd, performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Tesafaye has released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, including last year's House of Ballloons, which was nominated for the  2011 Polaris Music Prize. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

 I can’t recall a crowd ever going so crazy for a performer like the 9:30 crowd did during The Weeknd’s performance last week. The sold out crowd was full of scantily clad women who were climbing over each other to get as close to the stage as possible.

WASHINGTON, DC - April 26th, 2012 -  Canadian recording artist and record producer Abel Tesfaye, pka The Weeknd, performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Tesafaye has released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, including last year's House of Ballloons, which was nominated for the  2011 Polaris Music Prize. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Known for his series of mixtapes, this was The Weeknd’s first proper US tour. Obviously he’s doing something right if he sold out the 9:30 Club on his first time through town.

WASHINGTON, DC - April 26th, 2012 -  Canadian recording artist and record producer Abel Tesfaye, pka The Weeknd, performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Tesafaye has released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, including last year's House of Ballloons, which was nominated for the  2011 Polaris Music Prize. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 26th, 2012 -  Canadian recording artist and record producer Abel Tesfaye, pka The Weeknd, performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Tesafaye has released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, including last year's House of Ballloons, which was nominated for the  2011 Polaris Music Prize. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Lights for this show were just about non existent. The first two songs were near dark with deep blue and purple before getting some spotlight action during the third song, but other than that there wasn’t much to work with. He also has a rights grab photo release, which I was handed 8 minutes before his scheduled stage time, so be aware. I crossed out the two paragraphs that pertained to the rights grab and signed the document, which was accepted by the tour manager. So keep that in mind if a similar situation is presented to you.

WASHINGTON, DC - April 26th, 2012 -  Canadian recording artist and record producer Abel Tesfaye, pka The Weeknd, performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Tesafaye has released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, including last year's House of Ballloons, which was nominated for the  2011 Polaris Music Prize. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

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The Weeknd @ 9:30 Club – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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