At LocalBozo.com, we travel New York City from borough to borough bringing our readers the best in live music coverage, from shows at the Barclays Center and Forest Hills Stadium to Irving Plaza and Terminal 5. But we also like to expose you to some artists that you probably haven’t heard from- perhaps some up and comers on the Indie scene. And here now, is our latest entry into LocalBozo.com’s “Indie Music Spotlight.”
A LocalBozo.com Concert Review
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
June 4, 2014
Concert Review: Miesa at Rockwood Music Hall
Sultry South Jersey songstress Miesa brought her six-piece backing band to the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday night for a short but effective set that teased a few cover songs and showcased some original material from her forthcoming album that drops in the fall. Though her style suggests a meshing of R&B and pop music, her abbreviated performance on this night showed off a great deal of soul as she often harmonized beautifully with her backing singers.
Music lovers of all shapes and sizes traditionally flock to Rockwood Music Hall which is equipped with three stages and multiple shows every evening and is a microcosm representative of New York’s eclectic music scene. The equipment was packed into the Hall’s Stage 1 space on Wednesday evening for the 6pm early show which was presented by Levi’s. The backing band would take center stage first followed thereafter by the evening’s focal point Miesa.
With her long flowing raven-like hair and bejeweled fingers, the impassioned singer performed held court at the mic for six mostly slowed down tracks with the exception of the catchy “Blame My Ex,” slated for a summer release. Much of the material was stirring though, with content clearly focused on the struggle with relationships- no surprise considering the genre. And though many of the artist’s tracks were virtually unknown to the gathered audience, the on-stage cohesion between musicians and singers was entirely evident throughout.
The evening’s most memorable moment perhaps Miesa’s was beautiful rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me,” which sandwiched another of her original songs. The crowd really seemed to be moved by her inspired take on the more familiar material with heads bobbing and feet tapping to the light snare drum taps all around the seated room. Short but effective, Miesa proved to be more than capable as a performer and seemingly humbled as the set progressed. If this was but a glimpse at what we can expect from her full length album, we’re certainly excited for what’s to come.
You can find out more about Miesa and listen to her single “Antidote” right now at miesamusic.com.
- Dave Gendelson