Recap: tUnE-yArDs @ Grand Central
April 6, 2015
Grand Central was without a doubt the place to be last Saturday night as three bad ass bands took over the stage for the night. As usual, things got an early start at the downtown venue with JUDE. performing an intimate set to warm up the night. The West Palm Beach based duo has a minimalistic pop sound that was heavy on the synth complemented by some sad, yet sultry vocals.
Next up was Son Lux, an experimental indie rock trio composed of members Rafiq Bhatia on guitar, Ian Chang on drums and lead singer Ryan Lott on keys/synth. Son Lux may have stolen the show for some, as their musicianship didn’t go unnoticed. Rafiq was ripping solos on guitar and Ian gave the venue a heartbeat on the drums, all while Ryan’s distinguished vocals were accompanied by some even more unique dance moves that carried through the entirety of their performance.
After the crowd refueled on beers and gathered under the full moon in the outside patio, everyone quickly retreated back inside as tUnE-yArDs took the stage. Leading lady Merrill Garbus stood center stage sporting a turquoise fish scaled dress, glittery matching eye shadow and bright chunky woven necklaces. She shared the stage with two female backup singers, a percussionist and bass/synth player; all while demonstrating her musical versatility as she dominated the drums, keys and ukulele.
Fans sang along to each and every song as Merrill’s eyes penetrated the audience and her vocals pierced their souls. tUnE-yArDs were excited and thankful to have finally made their debut Miami show and mentioned that $1 of all tickets sold that night would be donated to countries in need of clean water. Before ending the show, Merrill suggested they “Skip the encore B***S*** and just play” and with that they ended the show with “Bizness” off of their 2011 release: W H O K I L L.
See it all here in our mini recap gallery – Photos by: Christian Arévalo