Michael Kiwanuka & Sammy Brue @ Terminal 5 (pics)
Michael Kiwanuka in the midst of his winter tour in support of last year’s terrific Kiwanuka and hit NYC on Saturday (2/8) at Terminal 5. Flanked by his two long-time backing vocalists Simone Daley Richards and Emily Holligan, along with guitarist Michael Jablonka, Kiwanuka’s 90-minute set showcased his new album but also included a number of songs from 2012’s Home Again and 2016’s Love & Hate. He opened with the brooding “Piano Joint” before shifting gears into the uptempo “You Ain’t the Problem” and “Rolling” before resetting the tempo with “I’ve Been Dazed” to complete a trio of songs in tracklist order from Kiwanuka, before revisiting “Black Man in a White World” from Love and Hate. Danger Mouse’s signature production, so prevalent on the records, translates remarkably well to the live experience and made for a truly impressive, polished and uplifting night.
Utah-based Sammy Brue opened with an energetic set previewing material from his new album Crash Test Kid, which is due out in June. Check out pictures from the whole night in the gallery above.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum