Temperatures may have been below freezing Wednesday, still, that didn’t stop concertgoers from making the trek to the 7th Street Entry to see singer-songwriter Shamir. Shamir Bailey, iconically known as ‘Shamir’ is a singer-songwriter from Las Vegas is truly a musician for this generation. These pop tunes are definitely not to be grouped with top 40 music. Shamir churns out soulful, melodic numbers that everyone can relate to. Shamir’s new album, befittingly labeled ‘Revelations’ is a step away from the from the pop and synth of the first album, ‘Ratchet’. ‘Revelations’ speaks of unapologetic-ness, millennial struggles, and acceptance. Minneapolis was the third stop on the Revelations album tour and opening the show was Brooklyn based, Peaer.
Peaer a three-piece soft math rock band from Brooklyn consisting of Peter Katz on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Steck on bass and Max Kupperberg on drums, brought a timid and humble stage presence that captivated the crowd. They even cracked a couple jokes while plugging their album too, of course. We also got to hear some unreleased material. After thanking the Entry and everyone that came out, they closed out the set and the crowd really began forming in front of the stage in anticipation.
Shamir took the stage not long after and that’s when fans really started to trickle in for this special intimate show. Shamir had the entire crowd in awe with his unmistakable falsetto, a completely melodic sound that seemed to transcend and fill the room with warmth. By his music alone one might figure that Shamir is a confident person but his bubbly personality really came through between songs despite some nervous pauses. He even found time to poke fun at Minnesota’s cold weather. Or maybe he was serious…
Shamir is definitely an underrated yet much-needed voice. Shamir who has been very candid about his relationship with gender and gender fluidity who is so authentic in his music is a breath of fresh air from so much of what is mainstream at the moment. If you’re searching for new tunes to get you through this winter I would highly suggest ‘Revelations’