Music Reviews — 20 June 2014
Nico & Vinz Perform Private Showcase at the McKittrick

Nico & Vinz Private Showcase

A LocalBozo.com Concert Review
The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel, New York, NY
June 19, 2014

Concert Review: Nico and Vinz at The McKittrick

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Somehow, a song that peaked at number one more than a year ago in Norway is the current frontrunner to be the summer song of 2014 here in the states. Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” made an immediate impact upon its April release, putting the pair on the map of public consciousness. And after signing with Warner Bros. Records and with a full length album on the way, the pair made a stop in New York City for an abbreviated five song set that served to showcase what’s coming next from two of pop music’s most rapidly ascending performers.

The intimacy of The Heath at the McKittrick Hotel proved to be an ideal setting for the pair’s New York City appearance as roughly 150 invited guests crowded the space in anticipation of the duo’s arrival. Scenesters sipped on complimentary pours of wines, beers and bubbly along with D’USSE’s pineapple infused cognac signature drink as servers buzzed around the space throughout the evening passing around tasty hors d’oeuvres. Shortly before 9pm, Nico & Vinz were introduced to center stage joined by a full band of musicians behind them.

Although finding ample space inside of the packed room was challenging, the group’s high energy performance and their humbled appreciation to the crowd in attendance overshadowed any modicum of frustration. Most fans in the house alternated between dancing in place and taking dozens of pictures on their phones- no surprise considering their close proximity to Nico & Vinz, who were similarly dancing on stage as they were crooning. The pop fueled set included recent release “In Your Arms” and culminated with the group’s anthemic current single “Am I Wrong,” during which the crowd predictably erupted.

With the video approaching a whopping 23 million views on YouTube before their album is even released in the states, Nico & Vinz certainly seem to have a bright future ahead of them. The folks at Warner Bros. couldn’t have been more accommodating by sponsoring as festive an evening. Guests were treated to gift bags as the affair concluded, stuffed with Nico & Vinz logo keychains and CD singles of “Am I Wrong” though most of us, this writer included, had already purchased and subsequently danced my face off to the track weeks ago. Time will tell if the pair’s subsequent singles will be as successful as their first, but based on their private showcase on Thursday night in New York City, our money is on Nico & Vinz to continue on their meteoric rise.

- Jane Van Arsdale

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