Alabama Shakes were an interesting addition to the Art Basel festivities and they made a great Miami debut, read all about it here
It's always profound to see a band really rattle their souls on a stage in front of over a thousand adoring fans. Contrastingly, it's a pretty easy act to see through when not executed correctly. As a long-time Alabama Shakes fan, I was curious to see how the quartet would do in the uncharted territory of Miami. A Muscle Shoals-inspired group may not necessarily be groomed for The Magic City, or so I thought.
The Shakes took the stage and immediately proved me wrong, to my satisfaction. With a packed auditorium at the Fillmore, the crowd was buzzing and energy high as Brittany Howard unleashed her legendary pipes on the eager audience. With only a single album to pull from, fans were delighted to hear their favorite singles sprinkled throughout the set, instead of waiting until the end of the show as is usually the case. The down side of this tactic, of course, is the gaping lack of an encore performance.
After just an hour-long set, The Alabama Shakes left the stage to a crowd that was ready for more. Sure, an after party was promised just down the road, but The Shakes should note their audience's enthusiasm for a longer set as a compliment. Just over a year since their debut release, The Alabama Shakes have become a staple in today's Southern rock scene for good reason: the soul they deliver on stage is truly remarkable and not something that is customary at concerts today. One could truly sense the deep rooted Muscle Shoals vibes in their improvisation and free spirit on stage. Premiering new music seemed to flatter the crowd and we were responsive to the honor of hearing the demo.
It was refreshing to see a bues and Sourthern rock-oriented performance down here in EDM country and I sincerely hope that the group felt the genuine appreciation for their performance so that they return on their next tour.