Check out some of our staff’s favorite live shows of the November, both of which occurred at the Fillmore earlier this month
On Nov. 6, Niall Horan, former One Direction member, visited the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason theater. Niall, formerly known as “the Irish one,” released his album, Flicker, on October 20th. Flicker, which consists of 13 songs, showcase Horan’s voice and talent that was once overlooked while in One Direction. Flicker can be described as a folksy, singer-songwriter album that has a mixture of earthy ballads (“Paper Houses”), sultry romantic jams (“Fire Away”) and upbeat love songs (“Since We’re Alone”). His opening act, Gavin James, set the mood for the night as people of all ages filed in to enjoy a night of raw music.
The Fillmore is an intimate yet still spacey venue perfect for artists like Horan. The mixture of a large standing pit and orchestra seats accommodated fans of all ages. The acoustics in the building amplified Niall’s voice but wasn’t too loud. The best songs of the night were either “Slow Hands”, which the entire crowd sang along with “Since We’re Alone“
Overall, Niall put on a spectacular performance. If you’re looking for new music that could be described as John Mayer meets Mumford and Sons, Flicker is right up your alley.
On Nov. 1st rising pop singer, songwriter and producer Jon Bellion graced the Miami Beach stage. One thing I found to be refreshing was that all of this openers were collaborators and all had distinct styles from charming acoustic performer Clark Beckham, the soulful vocalist Travis Mendes and punchline rapper Blaque Keyz. It was clear that everyone on stage was family to him as they performed like a well-oiled machine. Also evident was Bellion’s passion for his art. As an artist involved in every process of making his music, each song felt like a complete experience. This show also had some of the most dedicated fans I have seen at a live show in quite a while, singing every word and ad-lib so loud that it was often hard to actually hear Bellion. Most of his rather concise set consisted of tracks from his latest album The Human Condition apart from 2013’s “Jim Morrison” and 2014 single “Luxury.” While it was cut a little shorter than I would have liked, I left the Fillmore that night with a newfound appreciation for the singer.