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Australian pop superstars, Sheppard, most famously known for their global mega-hit, “Geronimo,” played an intimate performance at DC9 this week ahead of their highly anticipated new studio album, ZORA, which releases worldwide on June 21st.

My first time at DC9 made me feel like I was in a frat basement as the opening act, Kids That Fly, exuded a laid-back energy similar to that of a typical neighborhood garage band – but more engaging. They played a mix of original songs and a couple of covers, including Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks.” They enthusiastically set the tone for a night of fun as Washingtonians gathered for a cozy Tuesday concert.

As Sheppard took the stage, the atmosphere transformed, transporting us from what felt like a frat basement to a captivating performance space. They delighted fans with familiar favorites like “Coming Home” and “Let Me Down Easy,” while introducing tunes from ZORA, like the infectious “Running Straight To You” and the upcoming “Got To Be Love.” The mutual love between this band and their devoted fans was felt throughout the night – with one fan traveling from Mexico just to see them perform.

The energy of this experience was palpable, almost feeling like Sunday Service, as the crowd wholeheartedly embraced the band’s uplifting message of seizing the opportunities that each new day brings. Although I normally wouldn’t venture to DC on a Tuesday night for a band that I’m unfamiliar with, I’m thrilled that I did. Sheppard’s captivating performance showcased their potential beyond their chart-topper, and I’m proud to join their growing fanbase!

To pre-save Sheppard’s highly anticipated new studio album ZORA, click here.

Final Grade: A

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