The Beacon Theater deserves a medal because it's so damn breathtaking and makes you feel fancy as soon as you step foot in the place. I found out it's the "older sister" to Radio Music Hall and has hosted some of the biggest names in history such as the Rolling Stones, Radiohead, and Michael Jackson so it was on my bucket list to see a show at the Beacon. Last night, I was able to attend one of Ingrid Michaelson's
back-to-back sold out shows and I couldn't have picked a better first experience at The Beacon.
I've heard that Ingrid Michaelson was funny but I had no idea seeing her live performance would be a comedy show within a show. She walked onto the stage in her black thigh-high boots while adjusting the deep, v-cut on her short vintage-looking dress and got on the microphone to apologize for being awkward - saying she was just fixing her double-sided tape on her chest so she didn't have a "nip slip."
Ingrid Michaelson's music matches her personality perfectly - she's quirky, charming, entertaining and hilarious, all wrapped into a petite, adorable human. The crowd giggled, cheered and bellowed at every word she said - like her story of a hypothetical pregnancy at her age, describing her eggs as "raisins - if these raisins were left out in the sun even longer, turning them into even smaller, more shriveled raisins." Later in the show, she told an in-depth story behind "Celebrate," which included her first kiss with a boy named Jimmy Clark, followed by a "Sorry, dad!", who was seated in the audience.
But all the jokes aside, Ingrid Michaelson's performance was beautiful and empowering. "Time Machine" was played early in the show from her 2014 album, Lights Out
. It's is a mid-tempo, anthemic track that oozes girl power
. She slowed it down a little with the delicate and acoustic "Maybe," where the whole crowd sang along to each word. The room stood still during the hypnotic track, "Another Life," where she displayed her vocal range.
Watching an entire show while sitting in luxurious theater seats gives you a whole new experience to a musical performance. From the start of the show leading up to the end, everyone remained in their seats (so no height disadvantages here!). Sitting during a show really allows you to relax and get wrapped up in the music. Since everyone was so mesmerized by the performance, we weren't distracted by a sea of cell phones recording the show. And because we were in this glorious theater and I was surrounded by people drinking glasses of white wine, I felt extremely classy
seeing Ingrid at the Beacon.
Ingrid played mixed her newer songs with the throwbacks. She charmed the crowd with "You and I" and "Be OK," both of which triggered the crowd to sing all of the lyrics with Ingrid. She performed a chilling cover of Radiohead's "Creep," as she stood alone with her ukelele while her band took a break backstage. Ingrid and her band took a few seconds to do "photo ops" with dress-up props and posed while "Vogue" played over the speakers. She closed with the catchy, "Hell No," before returning to the stage to perform the crowd favorite, "Girls Chase Boys."
It was a magical night, to say the least. Ingrid Michaelson's voice makes you melt and her personality is the cherry on top. Each song was pitch perfect and you can feel how much everyone adores her (including her band!). You can't help but fall in love with Ingrid Michaelson.