This was the moment many people had been waiting for. There were a bunch of great acts – Mac Miller, De La Soul, and Thundercat, but it was Miguel we were really anticipating on Day 2 of Governors Ball. But of course, as Miguel high-kicked into his first high note on the Honda stage, it had to start drizzling.
But even then, the crowd danced through the rain to his hit single, “Sure Thing.” But soon after he started to sing, “Do You,” the drizzle turned to rain, and the rain then turned into a torrential downpour. Fans -still singing might I add – promptly ran for cover, hiding under nearby tents and a lone tree, that didn’t offer much of any protection from the baseball-sized raindrops. But still, the show went on. The singer encouraged everyone to dance and sing through the storm, and although I personally stood under a nearby tree (I sung along a little), most of the audience welcomed the rainfall and partied on.
But the rain wasn’t so much of a distraction that you couldn’t hear how truly talented Miguel is at performing. No really, from his loose dance moves across the whole stage, to his angelic voice and very indie fashion sense, he had a great presence that really stuck out. And on top of that, he actually sounds like his records. Nowadays, it’s pretty common for you to really dig an album, and then get to an artist’s live concert and stare there in a cloud of confusion as to why they sound completely different than their record, so it’s saying a lot that he didn’t miss a note.
And although the rain wasn’t a highlight, he still powered through a complete set. At one point he even took his shirt off and vibed out with the crowd as rain continued to pour down. He ran through songs from his 2015 album, Wildheart, including “Waves,” (which was very appropriate considering the weather), as well as “The Thrill,” and his No. 1 single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, “Adorn.”
Mother nature may have won, but Miguel prevailed in the end.