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German folk-pop duo Milky Chance hug fans and send chills up spines at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom

Milky Chance is a German, folk-pop duo consisting of lead vocalist Clemens Rehbein, DJ and producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist/harmonica player Antonio Greger (live). Rehbein and Dausch have known each other since high school.

They continued to make music together long after their first interactions in their advanced music course, and have since released two studio albums “Sadnecessary,” and their more recent “Blossom.” In addition to millions of plays on Spotify and other music sharing platforms, Milky Chance has been selling out shows across North America and abroad. The duo made a stop in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom last week, alongside opener Lewis Capaldi, performing in front of an excited and diverse crowd.

Lewis Capaldi is a Scottish singer-songwriter. Capaldi released his EP titled “Bloom” mid-October of last year, and has since racked over 38 million plays on Spotify for his hit single “Bruises.” Last Friday Capaldi’s performance was genuine and raw. Backed only by a pianist and his guitars, Capaldi let his amazing voice speak for itself. “I know we’re all here to have a good time, but I sing a lot of sad songs… so let’s all get sad and cry together!” Capaldi said. His song “Mercy” was one of my favorites from his set, sending chills up my spine before he even hit the chorus. Capaldi ended with “Bruises,” and the comment, “If you enjoyed my set please tell everyone you know, and if you didn’t please don’t tell fucking anybody.” If you don’t know of Lewis Capaldi already I highly recommend checking him out, especially if you’re into sad, dramatic ballads with acoustic guitar.

Milky Chance’s performance was effortless and intoxicating. There was a cool groove in the air that made the crowd sing and dance along. During their song “Doing Good,” you could hear fans singing at the top of their lungs. One fun aspect of their live performance was their lights. There were these circular light displays that projected geometric patterns onto the stage and upstairs balconies, which lit up the venue with color and life. Another stand out was Antonio Greger’s harmonica playing. He had several solos during various songs that left me with my mouth wide open in absolute amazement. At the end of one of his solos, he casually threw his harmonica far behind him, picking up another off a stand for the following song. It was funny and unexpected, yet deserving after he obliterated the solo.

Last Friday’s show mainly consisted of songs from Milky Chance’s newer album, “Blossom.” The sophomore album was released March of 2017. Before the concert, I had not listened to the album in full. Compared to their previous record “Sadnecessary,” the newer record seems a lot more refined and structured. Backed with solid beats and gripping hooks their songs are not only catchy but also musically rich. With the timing of the lights and the powerful acoustics of the venue, Milky Chance’s performance felt very cinematic. Throughout the show, Clemens kept thanking the crowd for their support. “2014/15 was the first time we came to New York. We played at the Bowery Ballroom in front of three to four hundred people, and tonight there are so many of you […] thank you and we love you.” The band ended with their hit “Cocoon,” before leaving the stage. They didn’t leave the crowd waiting very long before returning for an encore performance featuring “Stolen Dance,” and “Sweet Sun.” After taking a bow and gazing at the crowd for a moment, Rehbein and Greger jumped into the photo pit to hug fans before leaving the stage.

For more information on Milky Chance and future dates, check out their website here.

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

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German folk-pop duo Milky Chance hug fans and send chills up spines at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom

Milky Chance is a German, folk-pop duo consisting of lead vocalist Clemens Rehbein, DJ and producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist/harmonica player Antonio Greger (live). Rehbein and Dausch have known each other since high school.

They continued to make music together long after their first interactions in their advanced music course, and have since released two studio albums “Sadnecessary,” and their more recent “Blossom.” In addition to millions of plays on Spotify and other music sharing platforms, Milky Chance has been selling out shows across North America and abroad. The duo made a stop in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom last week, alongside opener Lewis Capaldi, performing in front of an excited and diverse crowd.

Lewis Capaldi is a Scottish singer-songwriter. Capaldi released his EP titled “Bloom” mid-October of last year, and has since racked over 38 million plays on Spotify for his hit single “Bruises.” Last Friday Capaldi’s performance was genuine and raw. Backed only by a pianist and his guitars, Capaldi let his amazing voice speak for itself. “I know we’re all here to have a good time, but I sing a lot of sad songs… so let’s all get sad and cry together!” Capaldi said. His song “Mercy” was one of my favorites from his set, sending chills up my spine before he even hit the chorus. Capaldi ended with “Bruises,” and the comment, “If you enjoyed my set please tell everyone you know, and if you didn’t please don’t tell fucking anybody.” If you don’t know of Lewis Capaldi already I highly recommend checking him out, especially if you’re into sad, dramatic ballads with acoustic guitar.

Milky Chance’s performance was effortless and intoxicating. There was a cool groove in the air that made the crowd sing and dance along. During their song “Doing Good,” you could hear fans singing at the top of their lungs. One fun aspect of their live performance was their lights. There were these circular light displays that projected geometric patterns onto the stage and upstairs balconies, which lit up the venue with color and life. Another stand out was Antonio Greger’s harmonica playing. He had several solos during various songs that left me with my mouth wide open in absolute amazement. At the end of one of his solos, he casually threw his harmonica far behind him, picking up another off a stand for the following song. It was funny and unexpected, yet deserving after he obliterated the solo.

Last Friday’s show mainly consisted of songs from Milky Chance’s newer album, “Blossom.” The sophomore album was released March of 2017. Before the concert, I had not listened to the album in full. Compared to their previous record “Sadnecessary,” the newer record seems a lot more refined and structured. Backed with solid beats and gripping hooks their songs are not only catchy but also musically rich. With the timing of the lights and the powerful acoustics of the venue, Milky Chance’s performance felt very cinematic. Throughout the show, Clemens kept thanking the crowd for their support. “2014/15 was the first time we came to New York. We played at the Bowery Ballroom in front of three to four hundred people, and tonight there are so many of you […] thank you and we love you.” The band ended with their hit “Cocoon,” before leaving the stage. They didn’t leave the crowd waiting very long before returning for an encore performance featuring “Stolen Dance,” and “Sweet Sun.” After taking a bow and gazing at the crowd for a moment, Rehbein and Greger jumped into the photo pit to hug fans before leaving the stage.

For more information on Milky Chance and future dates, check out their website here.

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

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