By now, there should be nothing left for Miguel to prove; the refreshingly eclectic singer/songwriter delivers on all fronts. Last night (July 31), he rocked the house at Joe’s Pub in NYC as a reaffirmation of his onstage talent. Debuting cuts from his new Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview EP, the man-of-the-hour showed up, showed out and left an impression—in the crowded venue, as well as across the Internet via live stream.
Donning a tank top, cropped jeans and studded loafers, Miguel entered the stage with an energy that lasted up until the show’s end, and lingered into the crowd upon his exit. Blessing his microphone—which was laced with delays and verbs for added drama—the singer belted out the best of his entire R&B and electric-infused catalogue from his debut All I Want is You LP to his Art Dealer Chic mixtape series. Weaving in and out of chronology, the singer delivered singles like “Lotus Flower Bomb” as well as new Kaleidoscope tracks like “Use Me.”
Channeling greats from James Brown to Prince to Michael Jackson, Miguel shuffled, glided and bounced along the Joe’s Pub stage as he connected with the audience with candid expletives and up-close-and-personal displays of passion. At one point in the show, the singer even decided that there were too many males in the front row and demanded that they switch seats with female audience members. Direct and deliberate, the moment was appreciated as an act of genuine proportions, and the men gladly retreated. Miguel even gave a head nod to his native Los Angeles with 2Pac’s “I Get Around” as a transition into his single “Quickie.” He was equipped with and equal amount of personality and skill.
To pick the shiniest of a show full of gems, “Sure Thing” gained the most notable feedback of the night. During the performance of the fan favorite, Miguel jumped off of the stage and into the crowd, belting out the song’s lyrics without his mic. As the audience delighted in his spontaneity, he eventually led the crowd in an acapella chant of the song’s famous phrase: “You can bet that never gotta sweat that” before returning to the stage to end the show with “Adorn,” his latest single to catch wildfire.
The overall ambiance of the night was an appreciation of a true artist in his creative prime. If you have yet to get into Miguel, now would be a good time to get familiar.
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