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Live Music: Miguel at Terminal 5, NYC

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Miguel had a sold out hot, sweaty house party at NYC’s Terminal 5 last night. An energetic and captivating performer, Miguel turns his Wildheart Tour into an intimate experience eliciting the kinds of reactions Lenny Kravitz and Prince typically get. If he wasn’t hitting a high note while writhing on the ground, he was on his knees delivering a kick ass guitar solo. We imagine whatever stage he finds himself on, he’s at home.

Miguel is unapologetic about his life and his music so it’s no surprise that fans had full body reactions to the words he sang as well as his movements on stage. Calling his live show “sensual” would be putting it mildly. The all white attire and angel-like feathers attached to his leather coat weren’t fooling anyone. Miguel often saunters across the stage, usually having stripped off his most recent top, belting out endless runs. At one point, he dived into the crowd and had them carry him to the back of the venue. We have to say he has one of the most phenomenal and charismatic backing bands we’ve ever heard. They contribute so much to an already hype stage.

Sex appeal aside, Miguel has a narrative that resonates with thousands. When he sings “Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans” on “what’s normal anyway,” he touches on an otherness that a growing number of people feel. That track doesn’t just speak on racial otherness, but also a broader theme of being an outsider which is something he talks about between songs. Wildheart is a tough album to put into any one genre. It fools around with R&B, hip-hop, and rock in equal measure. If you go see Miguel, be prepared to sweat.

Check out our gallery of photos below.

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