The screams, hoots and applause that Ingrid Michaelson received during her 10-second appearance with Sugar and The Hi-Lows served as a foreshadowing of what the rest of the night would bring.
The evening started with bright lights and glitter — literally— as Sugar and The Hi-Lows entertained audience members with songs from their sold out and self-titled debut album.
It was the duo’s last show of their tour and as sentimental as it was for them, the band continued enticing the eager crowd with their glittering tambourine, jokes and songs from their upcoming Christmas album. For their last number, the band sang “I’ve Got You Covered” in “the Grand Ole Opry style.”
They dedicated their performance to Michaelson and her band, which resulted in them running onto the stage to give the duo a hug.
When it was Michaelson’s turn to perform, she warned the audience, “We’ve come to rock you acoustically and gently,” before opening her show with “The Soldier.” Later on, she explained that she had decided to make the tour more simplified by making her entire performance acoustic.
Aside from the night being full of the singer-songwriter’s pitch-perfect voice, it was also full of tears. In between songs, Michaelson would crack up audience members with her quirky and silly antics, constantly referring to an audience member from the last show who shouted at her and made fun of her band. She segued from one joke to the next song as she pretended to actually stand on an invisible Segway several times, which made not only the audience crack up, but her band members as well.
Michaelson also brought audience members to tears when she was alone onstage with the piano, singing “Ghost” from her latest album, “Human Again.” The singer also performed familiar songs such as “The Lady in Spain,” “Maybe,” and “Parachute,” one of her most popular songs.
Before performing “The Way I Am,” Michaelson explained to the audience that she was in “a much different place in my life and so the song has a different meaning for me now and I’d like to play it differently if that’s OK with you.”
Throughout the show, Michaelson would bring Sugar and The Hi-Lows back onstage to sing several songs with her, such as “Blood Brothers” and “You and I.”
For her “last” song (“… we will come back on and act surprised and play a few more for you,” she promised the crowd), she earnestly thanked the audience and said how lucky she felt to be performing.
The audience was still pumped up by the time she returned onstage to perform her last song, “You and I.” Everyone sang, stomped and clapped along to the tune. As Michaelson, her band and Sugar and The Hi-Lows took their final bow, the theater erupted with even louder screams, hoots and applause, proving once again that audiences love and take Ingrid Michaelson the way she is.