Ingrid Michaelson Plays Acoustic Set in Columbia

Saturday, October 6-

Ingrid Michaelson gave the crowded audience in The Blue Note a musical experience as she brought her fall acoustic tour to Columbia on Thursday night.

The Blue Note was packed high to low with people looking forward to a night of good music.

As the opening act, Sugar & the Hi Lows left quite the impression on the large crowd. Hailing from Tennessee, their songs contained a mix of rock, country, and blues. Band members Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup brought their game vocally, harmonizing note for note.

The holiday season came early when Sugar & the Hi Lows performed a little taste of what will be on their Christmas album coming out later this year. Toward the end of their set, they praised their tour mate, Michaelson, for her sense of humor, which the crowd later got to witness for themselves.

Afterwards, Michaelson took the stage and did not disappoint.  Although she is an extremely talented singer, her personality took center stage. Joking about the candle prop that was placed upon her piano and randomly breaking into a rendition of “We Are The World”, she was easily relatable.

Along with a back-up singer, a keyboard player, and a drummer, Michaelson performed songs from her last four albums. Also a talented musician, she played ukulele, guitar, and piano while she performed.

Some of her more popular songs influenced crowd sing-alongs. During one of her songs, Michaelson gave parts of the harmony to the audience so everyone could sing-along with her.

While at most concerts encores are a surprise, Michaelson put her witty sense of humor to use and was upfront about the fact that she would be coming back onstage to perform a few more songs. She came back to sing her hits “Be OK”, “Maybe”, and “You and I”.

Definitely one of the more impressive talents today, there was no doubt that by the end of the night everyone left the Blue Note with a smile on their face.


-Catherine Wilkins

Staff Writer

The Prowl