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Anticipation rises as Khalid’s homecoming draws near

Andres Martinez
Khalid performs on the second day of Neon Desert Music Festival 2017 on Sunday, May 28.

Singer-songwriter Khalid is heading back to El Paso for his 915 Hometown Show this Friday and Saturday at the Don Haskins Center.

Jorge Vasquez with the Office of Special Events told The Prospector that the show has been years in the making.

Khalid announced in late June that he would be coming back to El Paso for a hometown show at the Don Haskins on Sept. 14.

After the initial show sold out, the singer announced that a second show would be added the following night giving fans a chance to see him in concert.

According to the Office of Special Events, the 20-year-old’s upcoming shows sold out in a matter of six hours.

Fans on social media are building with anticipation and excitement, especially UTEP students.

Victor Reta, a leadership science graduate student, is looking forward to hearing his favorite songs, “Location”, “Silence”, and “Youth.”

“I’ve never seen him live before, but always seems to put up a good show when I’ve seen him on TV or online,” Reta said.

The Grammy nominee and a platinum-winning artist has performed in El Paso before but never at the Don Haskins.

Back in February 2017, he performed at a sold-out show at the small concert venue, Tricky Falls.

A few months later after his first album was released, Khalid performed at Neon Desert Music Festival. He also performed an intimate show at his alma mater, Americas High School, for a selected number of Spotify Premium members.

On Sept. 7 Khalid acknowledged on his twitter that his concert was coming up very soon. “Feels like homecoming,” he said.






“I think that anytime any artist who is born, raised or calls El Paso home comes back to visit or perform is a homecoming,” Reta said.

Khalid has repeatedly given the El Paso community praise for helping him launch his career, putting the city in limelight — which is something Reta admires about the singer.

“I’m a big believer in supporting local and Khalid does just that,” Reta said. “His music is bringing attention to the borderland in a positive and fun method which adds to the pride that’s associated with our county.”

Khalid went on a worldwide tour promoting his album American Teen causing a bit of commotion with several El Paso fans after it was announced that his tour would not make a stop at his adopted hometown.

However, the highly-anticipated event is expected to please fans this weekend and event organizers are ready.

“It’s Khalid’s home show,” Vasquez said. “We expect an emotional couple of nights full of energy and memories that will last a lifetime for thousands of fans.”

Khalid hinted a possible surprise at this weekend’s shows tweeting, “7 days and I got a little gift for y’all haha.”







Come back next week for The Prospector’s recap of Khalid’s upcoming show.

Both concerts start at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m.

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Anticipation rises as Khalid’s homecoming draws near