Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers first caught my attention when their video covering Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That” went viral 3 years ago. Who decided to record their impromptu jam sesh while driving?! Since then, I’ve been keeping up with their now famous “Van Sessions” which you can find on their YouTube channel. Aside from the unusual setting they decided to hold a jam session in, her impeccable tone and perfect harmonizing with the band members captured my heart, an easy task when you have their raw talent and acoustic sounds.
Surprisingly this was the first time I’d been to the Bowery Ballroom, despite the number of concerts I’ve been to all throughout the city. She seemed to attract a wide range of fans, mostly who were much older than me and didn’t seem like natives to the LES. The show was pretty calm with no one needing to desperately shove their way to the front row thankfully. She came out with a beautiful flowy white outfit that made her look like a cherub, especially with the iridescent lights shining from behind her. She hit every note perfectly, putting us all in a dreamy state with her soothing voice. Surrounding fans were getting into the groove, all eyes locked on Nicki. You could tell that the crowd appreciated her music deeply. They brought out the opening band, Andrew Combs towards the end of the show to join them during “Ooh Las Vegas” which made it quite the memorable evening, leaving me wanting to take a road trip to Las Vegas.