Bazzi: Infinite Dream


the fillmore (san francisco, ca)

With a dream-like entry of a shadow behind a white sheet, Bazzi began his second-to-last show of “The Infinite Dream Tour” at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. The month-long tour supported his third album, Infinite Dream, which was released mid-September. After a short buildup, the sheet dropped to reveal a dream-themed set: a bed, flowers and vines decorating the stage, and lots of fog. Standing amongst it all was Bazzi, opening with title track, “Infinite Dream.”

Bazzi released his debut album, COSMIC, in 2018, followed by the incredible mixtape, Soul Searching, in 2019. He held fans over and kept them invested in his journey with a number of singles released since Soul Searching, all while perfecting his third album over the years - finally releasing it in late 2022. It was certainly worth the wait, with the album being 19 tracks long, standing as his most personal and versatile body of work so far. Bazzi, who writes and co-produces all of his music, channeled his own experiences - both good and bad - into each song. He has openly shared his thoughts and struggles on social media, and with that, the listener can only connect with the music more.

Like the long wait for Infinite Dream, it has also been four years since Bazzi had done a headlining tour in North America. Eager to watch him perform live, a sold-out crowd packed the venue. With the very intentional set and lighting design along with the addition of the fog, the concert experience was nothing short of dreamy. The first half of the concert heavily featured songs from his newest album, with the second half focusing more on COSMIC, including viral hits like “Mine” and “Beautiful.”

Bazzi took any opportunity to interact and connect with the crowd more - even making the best of some technical issues. Keeping the crowd entertained, he improvised a humorous song, singing, “Gonna fix it in a second. Please, don’t leave,” and bonding everyone together by making everyone jump once, twice, left, and right. Needing to pause a few times for the sound problem, his fans got to see more of his humorous side and improv talents. With upbeat tunes and optimistic lyrics, a positive and excited energy carried throughout the show, all the way to the encore.

photos & review by carolyn wang