If you want to be able to say you saw a huge star before she was famous, you would be wise to get yourself the Buffalo Iron Works tonight and catch Mikaela Davis. Davis is a harpist from Rochester who has recorded two fantastic albums. The first was 2012’s self-titled record, and her January release, the Fortune Teller EP, was one of the best albums of 2014 so far.
The manner in which Davis blends classical and pop is remarkable. Tracks like “I Wouldn’t” and “Lady Lavender” blend immediately catchy melodies with lush, intricate orchestration. Davis has an incredible ability to create complex, intricate music, and make it seem immediately accessible. After her show at the Tralf in January was canceled because of burst pipe, it’s wonderful to have this brilliant performer back in our fair city. As someone who was planning on attending that show, I was sorely bummed out. I wound up spending that drinking whiskey and eating Chinese food with my mom while we watched an Iron Maiden concert on VH1 classic. Admittedly, that’s a pretty awesome evening in its own right, but I wanted to see Mikaela. Well, you better believe I’ll be there tonight, and you should be, too. Tickets are $12 at the door, and the show starts at 8.