Alabama Shakes: Soul, Timeless Tunes, and Raw Talent at the Fillmore Miami Beach

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Alabama Shakes
Fillmore Miami Beach
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Better Than: An abbreviated Kendrick Lamar set, a weird party not thrown by Lady Gaga on North Beach, drinking warm beer in Wynwood.

As the rest of South Beach clamored about to secret parties, cramped galleries, and other Basel diversions, the lavish Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater housed a proper soul revival, courtesy of the Alabama Shakes.

The venue was packed with an unexpectedly large crowd to welcome the Shakes with raised hands and raised voices, and the band made sure its inaugural performance in Miami was one to remember.

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Following a rousing performance of drawling Southern rock by tour mates, Clear Plastic Masks, the members of the Alabama Shakes hit the stage and began to stir the emotions of the excitable crowd with the soft plunking of guitar strings and the tickling of electric piano keys -- gently easing into the syrupy soul of "Rise to the Sun."

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

There was a palpable eagerness rippling through the crowd as it anticipated the first of singer-guitarist Brittany Howard's exuberant shouts, and the bridge to "Rise to the Sun" brought the audience to an absolute roar when Howard stabbed and howled with the kind of pure conviction and unabashed honesty that put the band on the map.

Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

The set moved swiftly through the Shakes' big hits, dispensing with "Hang Loose" and "Hold On" in succession directly after "Rise."

The fans did their best to stick with Howard during the singsongs that took place throughout the night. But despite their efforts, Howard's massive voice soared high above all, with the sincere authority of someone who no doubt wrung these songs from actual experiences.

Location Info


The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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Ross Devonport
Ross Devonport

Sad I missed it. These guys are better than 99% of the shit on the radio

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