INGRID MICHAELSON at the STATEN ISLAND MUSIC HALL

Ingrid Michaelson performing at the Staten Island Music Hall on 3/6/10

The pride of Staten Island’s own, Ingrid Michaelson came snuggling into Snug Harbor with her crystal clear pop vocals to perform at the Music Hall to raise money for the Staten Island Museum. This benefit concert is very close to Ingrid’s heart as her mother is the director of the Museum. You could tell the fans at the music hall that night were filled with familiar faces to her. She looked like she was having so much fun onstage that it almost appeared that she was performing to a large crowd in front of her own living room! What a way to kick off her tour by serenading us in her own backyard! Ingrid was supported by her band including Allie Moss, Elliot Jacobsen, Dan Romer, & Chris Kufner. Unfortunately for us, but fortunate for her, Bess Rogers was away on a tour of her own!
Ingrid had a few standup comedy moments in her performance especially when she did some impersonations of the classic New York jewish woman’s accent, & for dividing the audience into 2 teams. She called one side the Richmond Street Terrors, & the other side was the Bay Street Ball Busters! The two sides fiercely competed to see who was the loudest, & of course my team, the Bay Street Ball Busters busted a nut screaming the loudest! The 2 teams sounded like gangs from the movie, The Warriors! It was also very hilarious when Ingrid sang a song ode to “Mexican Food” with the music from “Maybe”. She encouraged the audience to replace the “Fajita” lyric with “vagina” for an added laugh! That silly song really got me fiending for some Mexican delights later on that night! Ingrid also played a TLC classic, “no scrubs” in her own classified pop meets opera style called POPRA on her keyboard, solo. Her no scrubs rendition really got the crowd roaring! Other songs on her set that night included Soldier, Die Alone, once was love, You and I, Everybody, Radio Head’s – ‘Creep’, sort of, the hat, the way I am, locked up, & maybe. Ingrid ended the night with “Far Away” with a little help from the audience! Ingrid’s performance was surely energetic, genuine, & casual! Ingrid Michaelson’s bright pop vocals along with her fun, feel good lyrics, her sense of humor, & her Lisa Loeb looks will surely make you cheer her on! The cohesiveness of the band really bonded everything together as well. Ingrid & the her band truly do look like they are having the time of their lives onstage! Check out Ingrid Michaelson’s latest album, “Everybody”. Her two previous albums, “Be OK” & “Girls & Boys” are very ear friendly, too! By the way, support the Staten Island Museum, Botanical Garden, the children’s museum, the Music Hall, & Snug Harbor. The buildings in and around Snug Harbor look amazing in all their colonial built glory. Snug Harbor was a town that was inhabitated by many a Seamen in their yesteryears. This area of Staten Island really reminded me of some of the surroundings of Governors Island. So, to all you martians that have finally made it to the end of my monolithic review, take my suggestion, hop on the “Free” Staten Island ferry from the comforts of Manhattan, & take a City Up tour around Snug Harbor. By the way, check out the Staten Island Yankees while you are there! Let’s go Yankees!
–Mr. C

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