An Evening with Miguel
[ Concert Review ]
By Danica Samuel
Koolhaus was everything but cold the night Miguel stepped on stage to heat things up at his concert December 11th 2012. His presence and charisma left the crowd speechless through his powerful vocals that seduced females from every section of the venue.
The 26-year-old’s suave entrance in his plaid suit, flatform shoes and chains across his buttoned up red dress shirt, just screamed- gentlemen’s perfection. Complimented by his unique rings that were noticeable as he moved the microphone stand back and forth and around his body. Not only did he perfect the classy look, he knew how to work with it, even without the vocals.
He sparked things up with his James Brown’s crazy feet, splits and spin dance. Only thing missing was the cape routine. The moves gave lovers of old school blues something to cheer on.
Miguel started off reminding fans of his first album ‘All I want is You’ (2010). The crowd sang along to Sure Thing, the melodious song that relates to lovers in a need of reassurance. The venue gained higher levels of excitement as he jumped from speaker to speaker at the edge of the stage for the songs Gravitiy , The Thrill, and Use Me. At one point he kneeled on the floor making a thrusting motion that only enticed the audience to see more of his personality.
The five time 2012 Grammy Nominee vocals for ‘Girl with the Tattoo’ stood out phenomenally. His acapella was strong and each pitch rang gracefully in the ears of his fans.
As he got into tracks off his recent album ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ things began to heat up even more. His sex appeal was further revealed during his ‘Pu**y is mine’ , and Candles in the Sun song. Miguel flexed his perfectly cut build and bold tattoos across his chest and ribs. His body twinkled under the stage lights as he teased the audience asking “Who’s a freak?”.
Alongside his powerful band, he surprised fans with his sample of Bob Marley’s Stir it up song after asking, “Who’s drunk, who’s high, and who likes to do drugs’. The Marley sample blended perfectly with the melody of Do you… to create a soothing rendition and intimate mood.
When fans thought Miguel was finished with his samples, he showed us that wherever he goes he’d always take L.A with him. He jived side to side alongside his band to a sample of the famous I get around, Digital Underground (1993) track by the late Tupac Shakur. It catered to hip-hop fans in the audience whom started to get down with their hands in the air, doing a heavy rotation.
Finally, with fans anxiously anticipating, he performed his hit single ‘Adorn’. Miguel laughed, as he says humbly, “I don’t know if it’s a number one song yet, but you guys made this song as big as what it is”. Without a doubt, the vibe and screaming fans signified that there was only one number one artist performing that night.
His first concert in Toronto was at Guvernment last year May; unable to fill the whole venue. This year’s concert sold out and filled the entire Koolhaus venue.The night was brought together by Maxamus & FortyFour Entertainment. Kaleidoscope Dream is available on iTunes. Check www.officialmiguel.com for upcoming events, news and music updates.