The Cambridge Room at House of Blues – 06/26/22
photos and words by Jose Serrato
Atlantic Records recording artist Sara Kays made a stop at The Cambridge Room in House of Blues on Sunday night for her second to last show on her headlining US tour. The young singer/songwriter has been releasing singles since 2018 and a couple of EP’s after signing with Atlantic in 2020. With the help of Tik Tok, Kays has gained much attention across the country with nearly 2 million followers on the popular app. Her fans, which consisted of what looked like mostly teenage girls, were pressed up against the barricade from the moment doors opened. With her now signature beanie cap, Kays took the stage to loud cheers at about 9pm. And according to her Tik Tok post, she was wearing her cap outside in the 100 degree Texas heat. It was a Sunday night, but it’s summer time and the young crowd are not worried about Monday morning. The hour long set list contained fan favorites like “Remember That Night” and the recently released track “Math”
“I looked for songs about this on the internet with no luck, so I wrote some songs,” Kays told the crowd before going into her song “Smaller Than This”. A very personal song about her struggle with body image. You can definitely hear how real this song is in her voice and the crowd was visibly touched by it as well.
The Cambridge Room is a very intimate venue and it was evident as a fan announced to Kays that she had to leave the show early but had a gift for her. She seemed to be very touched by the gift and had the crowd join in on saying bye to the young fan as she walked out. She passed near me and I could see how nervous and excited she was having this interaction. The fan only missed a couple songs as Kays was wrapping up the night by saying she will happily have a meet and greet at her merch table. There was an immediate rush to the table before the last notes were played that had me exiting the room quickly as the table was at the entrance with a tight space to walk though.
I came to cover this show with no idea of what to expect. I left thinking two things. Sara Kays has an amazing voice and is a very talented songwriter. Kays has a great career in front of her and the rooms she’s playing in are only going to get bigger.