This week, raspy-voiced New England troubadour Ray LaMontagne brings his considerable talents and summer Ouroboros tour to the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Although his recorded work sometimes falls into muddled, hazy messes, LaMontagne’s live shows have a magical quality to them. Miami may just witness something truly special Saturday night – if they’ll let him.
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In the past, LaMontagne has humbly, politely asked audiences to remain as quiet as possible and allow him to do his thing. Back in 2014, he famously walked off stage in the middle of a performance, not returning until a couple that wouldn’t stop talking was removed. With Miami crowds not exactly known for their propriety, here’s hoping the event won't repeat itself here. Especially considering how hushed and psychedelic his latest record, Ouroboros, is, the “Supernova” and “Trouble” singer will demand our full attention. If we give it to him, he will paint the room in warm hues with his lovelorn tunes.
You can’t ask for anything more from an artist whose body of work only gets richer with each release. And while this world-weary road poet can be cosmically cool — a calm in the eye of the storm — he’s also prone to turbulent swings of emotion; fingers crossed that South Florida doesn’t get the wrath of Hurricane Ray.