You would have thought it was a Friday night with the line that formed outside NYC’s Mercury Lounge. However, the sun was still shining that early evening Tuesday, May 2nd. Fans anxiously awaited so they had a chance to see the opening act of the early show that night.
Around 6 pm the doors finally opened and the crowd was able to get inside and secure their place in the venue.
Walking in I got memories of all the shows I used to see at Mercury Lounge. It’s been about 10 years since I saw a show at the venue. I’m glad to say that it’s like time has stood still.
For anyone unfamiliar with this venue, it is a small and very intimate place. Upon entering you walk into a narrow bar that opens up to a pretty decent size room that can hold about 250 people.
There are seats that line the sides so you can grab a seat if you get there early enough to claim a spot. The room was dark with lights strung along the ceiling and there was an air freshener that was being wafted throughout the room. Not one of those stinky strong chemical-smelling air fresheners but something so fragrant and inviting it created this awesome calmness that would only be surpassed by the soothing tones of Madrid’s set
At promptly 6:30 Juliana Madrid took the stage wearing a long dark blue prom dress that complimented her short dark hair and olive skin. She had a guitar and a sign next to her that had her name on it which I thought was very clever and good marketing.
As I anticipated the emergence of a band to accompany her performance, I was taken aback by the realization that she stood alone on stage, armed only with her guitar and a recording of her backing tracks.
However, that was all she needed.
Despite her quiet demeanor she rocked out with high energy and left a profound impact on the audience throughout the set.
Her set was short but impactful. Rounding out to about 20 or 30 minutes she played a majority of tracks off her self-titled album including “Madonna,” “Savior,” “Peppermint,” and “Pretend” which you may know from Netflix’s Do Revenge.
Her music is a unique blend of high energy and serene calmness that captivates the listener. With melodic indie-electro alt-rock, she washes over you, making you feel like everything will be alright. Her songs are a rollercoaster of emotions, evoking feelings that range from tears to laughter and even the urge to dance.