Missy Higgins took the stage at (le) poisson rouge and literally dazzled the sold out crowd in her beautifully form-fitting, sparkling dress
Review and photos by Melanie Rose Photography
Missy Higgins took the stage at (le) poisson rouge and literally dazzled the sold out crowd in her beautifully form-fitting, sparkling dress that she had matched quirkily with the ethically fair-trade high-top sneakers she had tweeted about just hours before. This was completely apropos considering this night was celebrating the launch of her long awaited new album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle. On stage, fellow Aussie Butterfly Boucher, who not only backed her on bass and vocals but also co-produced the album and played an opening set for that evening’s show, joined her.
The last time I saw Missy Higgins perform was in 2008. I quickly learned that she was a rather big deal in her native Australia where she is known for playing to large areas of sold out crowds. Not many people in attendance that night were familiar with her when she opened for Ben Folds in NYC.
Fast-forward to 2012: Last Tuesday in the West Village. The atmosphere was hot, people were shoulder-to-shoulder and self-described “super-fans” were gathered to hear Missy Higgins’ generous set-list: a perfect mix of older favorites and tracks from her new album. Missy opened with “Secret,” from her second record, and the moment the familiar bass line intro began, it immediately sent the crowd into a frenzy of positive energy and the sing-a-long began. This continued throughout the entire set. Often letting a smirk come through while performing, it was evident that Missy was pleased with the remarkable growth in her stateside audience, and the passion they showed for her music.