Monday, June 21, 2010

Kimberly Nichole Shows Off Her Star Power

Kimberly Nichole: June 18 @ Joe's Pub,
New York, NY

This past Friday night, I made my way down to Joe's Pub to catch a performance by songstress Kimberly Nichole. Until earlier that week, I hadn't been in the know when it came to Nichole. Monday and Wednesday of that week, she helped UK band The Heavy kill it at The Bowery Ballroom. So, when I was hipped to who she was and that she had an upcoming show, I had to check it out!

The pub was packed and there seemed to be a genuine buzz of excitement in the room. Nichole, whose tag line is "the puffy-haired tower of power," was introduced. Out she walked wearing a tutu with a matching hat. I thought to myself, "ah hell, we're in for something now!" Tower of power is an understatement. The lady is like a little stick of dynamite. She blew the roof off the joint. Not long into her eleven song set I was wondering why I was just now finding out about this woman!

She sang her butt off all the while striking dramatic poses and contorting her body to the rhythms of the music. Nichole is a big star on a small stage. She was one part diva, one part down-to-Earth girl next door, mixed with a good dash of cheekiness playfully lifting her tutu to show off her granny panties.

Not being in the know about Nichole, of course I wasn't familiar with her songs. That didn't matter. You didn't need to know them to be drawn in and entertained. She did do three covers that I recognized, The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" which frankly she does better than Jack White ever could. Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" had the audience up on their feet, dancing and cheering her on. It was an electric performance. She closed with her cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" which again had people on their feet. Other than her scorching version of "Dirty Diana" I was grabbed by "Crash & Burn" a song that can be found on her record YBJ Reloaded. Oh, the show by the way, was a re-release party for the record.

Somebody slap some diva wings on her tutu because she put on a show that easily blows the current roster of diva's out of the water. I was blown away by her performance. I generally enjoy the shows I go to; but, once in a while there's a show that makes me say to myself, "I'm really glad I went." This was one of those shows.

More photos on Flickr, HERE.

Set List
  • A Rage in Harlem
  • Johnny Come Lately
  • Seven Nation Army
  • Little Girl New
  • Peace of Mind
  • Crash & Burn
  • Dirty Diana
  • Disconnected
  • Fire
  • The Yellow Brick Journey
  • Crazy