Photos by G.
If Jessie Ware does not become a huge star, there is a great injustice in the world, according 2 G. I saw Jessie Ware a few months ago and I have been listening to her debut album “Devotion” on repeat ever since. With a voice somewhere between Whitney Houston and Sade, Jessie Ware had no problem selling out Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 3, 2013. It didn’t hurt that Brooklyn’s own MS MR (who has sold out an upcoming headlining show at Bowery Ballroom) opened for Jessie Ware.
MS MR are a duo (but a 4 piece live on stage) from Brooklyn who kicked things off at 9 pm. Their music has a magical quality to it that is sort of reminiscent of Florence and the Machine (read: they are going to be huge!). The crowd was really into their set and the band mentioned how glad they were to be on tour with Jessie Ware and back in their hometown to boot! Their debut album “Secondhand Rapture” will be released on May 14, 2013 and if it’s as good as their performance, we are going to be hearing a lot more about MS MR (pronounced Miz Mister) in the months to come.
When Jessie Ware hit the stage at 10 pm, she immediately had the devotion (pun intended) of the crowd as she started with the title track “Devotion” off her amazing debut album (which will be out in the USA in a few weeks). She told stories in between songs such as her first experience eating Samoa Girl Scout cookies (and begged for forgiveness since she ate them during Pesach). She seemed genuinely surprised that the audience knew the words to almost every song, but she said that this is one of the reasons she loves coming to the USA so much.
She changed up the set list since I saw her last time and this time around included rarities such as “Valentine” and “Say It,” a Brownstone cover. Speaking of covers, she threw in a bit of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” during the song “No To Love,” and she also did Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love.” The rest of the songs were Jessie originals such as the epic “Wildest Moments,” “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” the new track “Imagine It Was Us,” and my favorite, “Running.”
Jessie Ware is playing a sold out show at the much larger Webster Hall on April 5, 2013 and my suggestion to you is, make sure you get a ticket, no matter what! Thanks Jessie and Ms Mr for a great night!
See the setlist after the jump.