NYC Gets to Know NAO at Brooklyn Steel Show

Nao performs in 2016
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Nao performs on Aug. 19, 2016 in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands.  

The British singer sold out Brooklyn’s newest venue on Friday.

NAO is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and though she has only released one full-length album, the self-described “wonky funk” singer packed the newly-opened Brooklyn Steel on Friday night (May 5).

The singer took to the stage barefoot, with her hair billowing behind her. As she began her show with “Happy,” she greeted the audience with gratitude, saying, “Thank you for coming out in the pouring rain. You sold [the show] out for us -- thank you for listening to the record and supporting me.” The stage was set up simply with just her band (a guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and drummer) and her, but seemed full with the light show that accompanied the music.

NAO danced, hopped and twirled around the stage without a care, seemingly getting lost in her music and allowing her audience to get lost with her as puffs of smoke emerged throughout the crowd. During her song “Girlfriend,” as she sang the lyric “to make us fly,” most of the audience instinctively put their hands up in the air and swayed back and forth.

The audience knew words to not only her more viral songs, but the ones from the rest of the album and her early EPs as well. A highlight of the show was when she encored with her most well-known song, “Bad Blood,” which has accumulated more than 16 million streams on Spotify. The audience screamed all the words, including the improvised ad libs she normally sings in her performances.

She continuously thanked them, saying, “When you scream, it makes me blush, even though I know you can’t tell.” She continued, “I’ve been a singer for 14 years, so this really has been a long time coming. Just seeing all of your faces here and around the world really astounds me, and I can’t thank you enough.”

Following this tour, NAO will be “in the studio writing up some new stuff for you all.”

Set List:

Intro (Like Velvet)
Inhale, Exhale
Get to Know Ya
Adore You
In the Morning
We Don’t Give A
So Good
Apple Cherry Kisses
Feels Like
Fool to Love

Bad Blood


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