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Congratulations to the Winners

February 11th, 2013

The Bowery Presents extends warm congratulations to every 2013 Grammy winner (and nominee). And if you take a look at those who took home awards, it’s like a who’s who list of acts that have recently played our venues, including:

the Black Keys: Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album
Gotye: Record of the Year (featuring Kimbra), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (featuring Kimbra), Best Alternative Music Album
fun.: Song of the Year (featuring Janelle Monáe), Best New Artist
Skrillex (featuring Sirah): Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album
Frank Ocean: Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Kanye West and Jay-Z featuring Frank Ocean and the-Dream)
Mumford & Sons
: Album of the Year
Adele: Best Solo Pop Performance
Bonnie Raitt: Best Americana Album
Dan Auerbach: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Miguel: Best R&B Song
Kelly Clarkson: Best Pop Vocal Album
the Civil Wars (and Taylor Swift): Best Song Written for Visual Media
Halestorm: Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

 

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Miguel Celebrates New Album at The Bowery Ballroom

October 2nd, 2012

Miguel – The Bowery Ballroom – October 1, 2012


Miguel, the eclectic R&B powerhouse from Los Angeles, performed a sold-out show at The Bowery Ballroom last night, on the eve of the release of his second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream. In synergy with the album title, the performance was enhanced by an elaborate light show—with Miguel and his four-piece band surrounded by colorful neon prisms, bright flashing bulbs and soaring beams of light that mirrored the fractured, hypnotic sensation of being inside a kaleidoscope. As he lithely moved about the stage, clad in a shiny red blazer, gold jewelry glinting, Miguel appeared to relish becoming part of the optical illusion.

As Miguel and his band performed high-impact versions of songs like “Sure Thing” and “The Thrill,” Prince’s influence was loud and clear, and during songs like the candid musical proposition “Quickie,” Miguel channeled the playful naughtiness of R. Kelly. Despite these musical reference points, Miguel is not an artist who lingers very long in any one box. For example, he began his soulful version of “Teach Me” by surprisingly blending in a reworked cover of the Zombies’ psychedelic “Time of the Season.”

In addition to an ear for melody and a killer falsetto, Miguel is blessed with a kind of super-powered charisma. As the singer tried to lead the crowd in an a cappella sing-along of “The Girl with the Tattoo,” the background vocals the crowd had rehearsed quickly dissolved into shrieks of adoration when Miguel began singing his lyrics. Laughing appreciatively, he had everyone start over and was able to get through the song without being overtaken by screams. And although the light show dazzled, Miguel easily outshone it. —Alena Kastin