There was unseasonably cool air in Hollywood, but inside the Palladium, there was nothing but heat as BET Music Matters alumni Miguel and Austin Brown put on a show that had the ladies swooning and the fellas moving last night (Aug. 1) for Bud Light's Music First 50/50/1 concert.
A line of fans that stretched all the way down Sunset Boulevard waited anxiously for the doors to open so they could get as close to the stage as possible. The show was general admission, but whether on the floor or up high on the balcony, there really was not a bad spot in the house.
The series featured 50 shows in 50 states on one night with the entire occasion streamed live on Myspace. A lofty endeavor to make history for music lovers. Kendrick Lamar, Big Boi, Emeli Sandé and indie pop duo Capital Cities were among the other artists who were involved.
Back in Hollywood, Austin Brown kicked things off in his home city with a fresh leather jacket. The "Menage A Trois" singer didn't miss a beat as he showed off his superhuman dance moves and incomparable vocal skills on songs like "Groove 92," "Stargazer" and a turnt up cover of The Ohio Players' 1975 hit, "Love Rollercoaster."
With the place all ready to erupt in excitement, the lights went low and, from a dark corner, Miguel literally burst onto the stage.
The Grammy winner wasted no time showing the capacity crowd why he is one of the hottest new artists on the planet. Even the folks watching from their computers could feel the energy as the hometown heartthrob dove into hits like "Don't Look Back," "Kaleidoscope Dream" and, of course baby-making anthem of the year "Adorn."
Miguel, it was proven, is 100% rock star when it comes to his live show, with a Prince-like bevy of moves that even had the corporate crowd up in the VIP area moving their feet.
After saying goodnight, he abruptly exited stage left. Some of the crowd filed out, but the show wasn't over just yet. The lights got low again and Miguel made his way back to the stage for an encore, highlighted by a solo version of the Mariah Carey hit "Beautiful," and indeed it was.
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(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for Bud Light)
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