I’m sure everybody has heard “Take U There”, the infectious collaboration between Kiesza and Jack U. (Diplo & Skrillex). With the massive success of that single, people were able to actually find out Kiesza solo and how strong she is especially with her recently released album, Sound Of A Woman. Irving Plaza in New York was a prime place for the sell out show. You have a large concert hall where people can dance and it’s as eclectic as Kiesza’s material: win-win, right?
Kicking off the festivities was Australian born singer, Betty Who, who was the perfect complement to Kiesza raising the energy levels and even engaging with some fun banter with fans in the upper deck of Terminal 5. Who performed songs off her debut album released in 2014 called Take Me When You Go. Songs like “Heartbreak Dream” and “Somebody Loves You” had the crowd singing along. Not to mention, the next night, Who had a sold out show to perform in Brooklyn. The Terminal 5 show was an added treat as Who danced along with her keyboardist and bassist for a fun and solid performance.
Before Kiesza hit the stage, artists like Crystal Waters indicative of early 90’s house music was played over the PA system. Kiesza is interesting because she is very high energy, but sounds amazing live. I mean full on dancing, but sounds great vocally. Performing in a combination of dim lights intermixed with colorful light, tracks like “The Love” and “No Enemiesz” were performed first. Within the hour plus set, Kiesza and her backup dancers were able to keep her fans on her feet. There was an different take on Haddaway’s song, “What Is Love” (does head nod).
The New York crowd as in for a surprise as well. During Kiesza’s cover of Joey Bada$$ “Teach Me”, the rapper came out to perform with her as well. The night ended with big hits, “Hideaway” and of course, “Take U There”. I for one, with the new indulgence into deep house music am glad to see Kiesza get her fair shake in the limelight. She’s not just an artist with a great collaboration, but an artist who has more to bring to the table.