The sold out night at Miami Marketta was kicked off by the hugely talented Fergus James, who is supporting Meg Mac on the entire leg of her Australian tour. His one-million-streamed hit ‘What Are We Waiting for’ was instantly recognised by the entire audience as they sang along. Another triple j Unearthed star on the rise.
Sufficiently warmed up and fed by the delicious eats on offer at Marketta the crowd were roused from the lull by Patti Smith’s ‘Because The Night’ as it thundered through the speakers, hitting us right in the chest.
Meg Mac’s four piece band and two back up vocalists made their way enthusiastically on stage. Particular mention must go to the keyboard player whose energy onstage is electrifying – try taking your eyes off him when he lets loose. Dressed elegantly in a lacy matador style, topped by a large white Fedora hat and trademark red lipstick, Meg opened the show with her hit ‘Ride It’.
Meg’s gifts are a soulful and captivating voice, and the ability to bare her soul. Her set contained tracks from her EP ‘Every Lie’, (a reminder from Meg that if you find one lie there are bound to be more) and ‘Hope’, the title track from her new album.
Meg’s vocals electrified the audience through ‘Grace Gold’, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ and ‘Brooklyn Apartment’ – an uncomplicated yet beautiful track depicting life heard through thin walls.
New single ‘I’m Not Coming Back’ will be a hit, judging by the audience reaction and the number of phones in the air wanting to capture the moment. The first release on the new album ‘Give Me My Name Back’ was a belter, with Meg challenging the crowd to reclaim power they have lost in relationships.
Covers were also a highlight. Bill Withers would have been impressed with the band’s rendition of ‘Grandma’s Hands’. Sly Stone’s ‘If You Want Me to Stay’ saw Meg alone onstage at her piano.
Meg thanked her incredible band, the audience, Fergus James and triple j for supporting this tour and left the crowd with the feeling of having their souls touched.
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