Nikka Costa Kicks New York’s Ass: A Live Review

Posted by The G on July 15, 2011 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Nikka Costa

I’m just going to say it – I think Nikka Costa is one of the best live performers around.  Since her 2001 album “Everybody Got Their Something” was released, I’ve seen Nikka live at least 10 times in multiple cities and every time, she is amazing!  It was no different when she kicked New York’s ass on July 14, 2011 at the Highline Ballroom.  If you’ve never heard her music, you must remedy that immediately!  She packs the funk of James Brown and has the soul of Janis Joplin.  Nikka hit the stage around 9:15 PM and delivered the goods for nearly 2 hours.  She played an even mix of tracks off her latest 3 albums and also included songs from her new EP “Pro*Whoa!”

Nikka Costa

Nikka Costa

You’ll be seeing a video of “Push and Pull,” coming soon, so stay tuned – you won’t want to miss it.  Seeing that song performed is akin to a musical religious experience for me.  She hits the notes and I think the song is one of the most beautiful tracks of the new millennium.  For most bands, a song of that magnitude would be the closing number, but not for Nikka Costa.  She sandwiched it in a powerful run of songs that included the new song “Pro*Whoa!,” “Like A Feather” (which had everyone in the crowd clapping along during the chorus), the new song “Nylons in a Rip,” and “Can’tneverdidnothing.”  Nikka played percussion for a little bit, engaged the audience (which included Adam Lambert in attendance) with sing-a-longs and even got down on her knees to plead on the funk!

Nikka Costa

Nikka Costa

You do not want to miss Nikka Costa when she comes to your town!  She’s got funk that’ll kick your butt and have you begging for more.  Her new EP “Pro*Whoa!” is available online and for the Youtubers out there, she’s launched a channel called “Nikka’s Box,” where she uploads exclusive performances that sometimes feature special guests.  After the show was over, Nikka signed copies of “Pro*Whoa!” and I think it’s safe to say, everyone in attendance danced away into the night with a smile on their face.

See the set list after the jump.

Nikka Costa's set list on July 14, 2011 at New York's Highline Ballroom.


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  • Krystina said,

    Whenever I meet anyone who’s not familiar with her music, I always describe her like this: “It’s like Janis Joplin and James Brown had a baby.” So it’s hilarious and kinda cool that you said the exact same thing. She’s THREE FUNKY and I LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!!

    Who opened? Was it Allen Stone?

    Love u, bro xoxox

  • G said,

    It was Jesse Dee, who when he sang sounded like a blues legend! He was great too!

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