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MUSIC: KING & Laura Mvula in NYC!

Friday, September 6, 2013

!!!  With Amber (KING) 9/4/13 @ Music Hall of Wiliamsburg
When KING announced their tour a few weeks ago, I dropped everything I was doing at work and bought the tickets!

There are very few artists/groups that I feel this strongly about (Michael Kiwanuka, Gary Clark Jr., Adele, Kendrick Lamar - to name a few), but it's hard NOT to fall in love with KING. They're a melodically soulful trio from the West Coast generously gifting us with the sound of music. REAL music. (this is opinion, we can agree to disagree...) Their 3 track EP is easily one of the most played compilations on my iTunes, and I haven't come across a single person that I haven't shared their music with since I was introduced.

So now finally, after almost two years of (not-so) patiently waiting, the hour was here! On Wednesday, their first night performing in NYC, I got a chance to witness the magic first hand :} All the YouTube videos in the world couldn't prep me for this. They were charming and humble women who are obviously passionate about their music and that made the show all the more enjoyable!

Laura Mvula! 9/4/14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Laura Mvula was up next. I hadn't had much exposure to her music before the tour announcement, but "Green Garden"'s not an easy song to ignore. It's infused with so much positive energy, you find yourself clapping along - voluntarily.  Any great artist surpasses expectations and Laura was no exception. Her connection to the fans was top shelf! She was a real person - humble and grateful. There's a magical grace in the way she laughs and moves; she's really going through something when she sings. Her honesty and the level of intimacy in her performance style, and consequently the vulnerability of those moments, really connects you to her. That's one of her greatest strengths.
Needless to say, next time you're in NYC Laura, I'm there!

After the show I copped a vinyl copy of KING's EP which includes two unreleased interludes (score!), and I also got a chance to meet Amber who was incredibly sweet (pictured at the top)! Fans can expect their debut album to drop sometime in January 2014! 
"In The Meantime" I'll keep replaying the sweet memory of my experience :}

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