On Wednesday night, past BTS cover star Bea Miller brought her alt-pop jams to Bowery Ballroom in New York City and didn’t disappoint. While Miller has been releasing music for five years, she’s currently traveling around North American on her first ever headlining tour. Over the course of the night, it was clear that her fans have been waiting for a headlining performance from Miller, only making the show so much more special. Miller covered every inch of her discography over the course of her set, playing songs from her first EP and both of her albums, with the additions of her newest single “it’s not u it’s me (ft. 6LACK)” and her viral collaboration with NOTD that was released last year “I Wanna Know”.
With each project Miller has released over her career, there’s been a huge maturity curve that she continues to balance with her music. Last year, she released her most ambitious project yet called aurora, which tackles everything from heartbreak, struggles with mental health, self love, and going through the process of learning to unapologetically be yourself. Each of these themes from her album became even more clear through her performance of every song. All of honesty and truth that Miller has worked so hard to portray through her music resonated with her fans in such a special way. With every word they sang back to her, it was obvious that her music held a special place in each fan’s heart which in turn only made the performance even more emotional than it already was.
Even with the incredibly emotional connection between Miller and her fans, it didn’t stop anyone from having fun. It’s hard to not dance when you hear songs like “motherlove,” “S.L.U.T.,” and “Fire N Gold.” She even included a cover of the Jonas Brother’s infamous song “Burnin’ Up” halfway through her set. But through lyric and honest speech she gave between songs, Miller put on a very thoughtful and fun performance. It was clear through the way she sang her songs and interacted with the crowd that she had been thinking about each movement and the overall experience for her fans for a long time. Each carefully curated move and word that was spoken not only meant so much to Miller, but it meant the world to everyone watching, which was a truly special connection and relationship to witness.