On Our Radar: Guardin

Guardin performing on ukulele for an audience with their phone flashlights on

Witnessing an artist begin to flourish is perhaps one of the most heart warming aspects of music journalism; Guardin’s performance at Union Stage on November 27 was a prime example of this scenario.

The New York based artist, who goes by Nicholas Kerr in his day to day life, is still in the bright eyed and bear with me...shook stage of his career (...I swear I’m in my early 20’s). 

Running out on stage in excitement, the green haired Kerr nervously giggled in between songs, shyly peering at the crowd as he spoke. But the artist, who built up his following through independent releases, came out of his shell as the set progressed, allowing the audience to sneak a peek into the showmanship that he so clearly possesses.

Guardin runs across stage high fiving his fans

The highlight of the night most certainly came as the lights dimmed and Kerr grabbed his ukulele. Calling for the audience to turn on their phone flashlights, the he began crooning “okay”, a song released only a month ago that poignantly touches on themes of heartbreak and depression. 

Unapologetically addressing topics that are highly stigmatized within our society, such as mental health and introversion is the crux of what makes Guardin’s music so unique and captivating.

DC Music Review is excited to see Kerr continue to prosper as he embarks on a nationwide tour with Gnash—one that luckily involves a stop at U Street Music Hall in January!

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Enjoy photos from Guardin's Union Stage performance by our photographer Ana Medvedeva

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Ana Medvedeva

Fueled by iced coffee, Ana is a web developer by day, and avid concert goer by night. With a music taste as varied as her hair color, she loves bringing a performance to life through the power of words. In her spare time, Ana loves to snowboard, hang out with her cat Mimosa, and nerd out about true crime.