R&B crooner, Miguel, kicked off his Wild Heart Tour in Texas and his Houston show was amazing.
Leave it to Houston, arguably the toughest crowd in Texas, to give Miguel a sold out concert. Last weekend, Warehouse Live was filled to the brim with the “Coffee” singer’s fans. Although I missed the opening act, a band by the name of Dorothy, I heard the lead singer while I stood on the side of the venue negotiating with security. I hate that I can’t give you more details about her performance, but expect an Artist Buzz soon.
Once I finally made it into the steamy venue, I found a spot that wasn’t too deep in the crowd but close enough so that I didn’t feel like the restroom attendant. As the lights dimmed, a few men who weren’t Miguel appeared on stage and the crowd did not hesitate to express their disappointment. Moments later, they informed us they were Miguel’s live band and I knew we were in for a treat. Live bands are everything, in case you didn’t know.
The tiny crooner appeared on stage donning the white bird-like jacket that had already begun circulating on Twitter. It’s festive and anyone who followed on Miguel on social media wasn’t the least bit surprised by his outfit of choice. While I did enjoy Miguel’s latest album, I was grateful that his set was a mixture of his fan favorites from all three albums.
Hearing “you can bet that, never gotta sweat that” with a live band made me appreciate All I Want Is You (2010) even more. He ran through a few more of the songs, giving the his fans a rather energized performance for an R&B concert. Miguel reminded us that he’s still spring chicken when he effortlessly fell into a split, and, fortunately, no one was sent to Ben Taub.
The two things that stood out to me about Miguel and his performances were the lighting and his playfulness. I’ve been to many concerts at Warehouse Live and will be the first one to say that the lighting can be garbage. Rarely do the artists take the time to actually put thought into their lighting effects. As a matter of fact, Drake’s monumental Houston Appreciation Weekend concert is the only concert I can remember in recent years who had memorable lighting. With that said, Miguel’s team had a blast with the effects for the Wild Heart tour. The lights and colors were so vivid and it was as grandeur as I would expect from a man in a white leather and feather jacket. Miguel even borrowed Beyonce’s wind machine to enhance the feather fringe blowing in the wind effect.
On the sentimental front, Miguel performed “What’s Normal Anyway” while a photo montage of fan submitted pictures flashed across the screen. He took a moment to discuss how he loves how diverse his fan base is and that he feels especially loved to know that his stories, his music, related to so many different kinds of people across the world.
Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans
Too square to be a hood nigga, what’s normal anyway?
Too opinionated for the pacifist, too out of touch to be in style
Too broke for the rich kids, I don’t know what normal is…
Another thing that surprised me about Miguel’s set is that he’s super playful. He sang his own rendition of Fetty Wap’s “My Way” and while local Houston twerkers got their 45 seconds of shine, then gave us a soulful version of Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah”. The most predictable yet still enjoyable part was when Miguel performed Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools” to transition into the controversial “How Many Drinks”. Although I have my reservations about that song, hearing it with a live band did invoke a rather subtle two-step. Speaking of live bands, “P*ssy is Mine” ascends to a whole new level of filth when performed with a 5 piece band. Watching a now shirtless Miguel perform the not so accidental interlude made me briefly consider if he could qualify as a modern sex symbol.
Miguel closed the show with an extended performance of his chart topping hit “Adorn” and the fans ate every second of it up. The energy has built up to this moment and the enthusiasm bubbled over. And as quick as it came, it was over. The lights dimmed and Miguel disappeared after offering us a humble thank you. I think seeing artist whose music you like in concert can make or break your fandom. Miguel did not disappoint! My only regret is that I watched most of his performance on tip toe or the snapchat screens of the people in front of me. I’d pick a different venue to see him in next time, because you’d be remiss to not get the full experience of all that Miguel puts in to his shows.
A big thank you to Nic High for the awesome shots.