Miguel Rocks, Seduces, and Amazes in His SXSW Performance THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: MIGUEL @ THE MOHAWK | SXSW 3/13/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Miguel: I’ve been a fan of Miguel and his music since Kaleidoscope Dreams came out in 2012. I was fortunate to catch him in concert last year and he put on a hell of a show. So when I learned he was going to be performing at SXSW as the headliner in a showcase with Jhene Aiko, there wasn’t a chance that I’d miss it, especially at an intimate concert venue.
What I Thought Of Miguel;s Performance: Miguel came on stage to a crowd already giddy from Jhene Aiko’s performance, and it somehow got even more crammed inside The Mohawk. He performed a set that featured songs from his most recent album War & Leisure and also included some of his more popular songs like “Adorn You” and “Do You Like Drugs” from Kaleidoscope Dreams.
What I love about Miguel’s live concerts is that they’re more like rock performances than R&B. He has a sick drummer, a bassist, and a guitarist who killed it with head banging solos. Miguel was able to be sexy and sensual for the majority-female shrieking crowd, while at the same time rocking out on stage. His voice is just as good live as it is recorded, which makes me appreciate him even more as an artist. It’s sharp and crisp with the ability to hit every high note imaginable.
There was a cool moment at one point during the show when he looked up to a private viewing area where Jhené Aiko was watching and he asked her what song to do next (apparently, it was Jhené’s birthday and the birthday girl deserved a song). The kicker was that she chose for him to do “Pussy is Mine” from Kaleidoscope Dreams (They aren’t dating, FYI).
I can’t rave enough about this performance by Miguel. It was a pleasure seeing one of my favorite and more exciting live artists in a setting such as the Mohawk. He was full of life, he was sexy, he was fun, and I can’t wait to see him again soon. Make sure to catch Miguel the next time he comes to your neck of the woods.