Discovering Live Music Magic with Michelle’s Vibrant Performance at SXSW Thoughts+Photos: Michelle at Inn Cahoots During SXSW 2/16/23
AUSTIN, TX- One of my favorite acts from SXSW was the group Michelle. Performing at SXSW for NME and Bose’s showcase at Inn Cahoots, this group from New York City, consisting of Sofia D’Angelo, Julian Kaufman, Charlie Kilgore, Layla Ku, Emma Lee, and Jamee Lockard (Jamee wasn’t with the group for this performance), I instantly regretted my decision last year to skip their early performance at This Ain’t No Picnic for some extra sleep. Totally regret that decision.
Their live performances are such a joy to watch. Their stage presence is electrifying, brimming with infectious energy and fun. They capture your attention from the moment they step on stage until the last note fades into the air.
The band members genuinely seem to enjoy themselves on stage, which is absolutely infectious. Their chemistry is palpable as they effortlessly move in sync, performing their choreographed dance routines with a kind of joy that’s impossible to fake. This element of authenticity makes them so likable. It’s clear they love what they do, and this energy feeds into the crowd, creating an unforgettably lively atmosphere.
What strikes me most about Michelle’s live performances is their knack for creating a cohesive and immersive experience. Their music blends pop, R&B, and funk, creating a unique sound that is both fresh and nostalgic. There’s a sense of warmth and familiarity in their songs, as if they’re paying homage to different eras while still being firmly planted in the present. This fusion of old and new results in a sound that is accessible and captivating.
But it’s not just their music that sets them apart. The band’s vocal harmonies are so tight, it’s as if their voices were made to sing together. Each member brings their own unique vocal tone, yet they blend together seamlessly. You’d think they’ve been singing together for decades.
They definitely left an indelible impression on me. They’ve got this raw, magnetic energy that just drew me in. In a world where many live performances can feel predictable and uninspired, Michelle’s concerts are a breath of fresh air. I’d like to keep breathing it in. More, please.