Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson was out of breath on Monday at the Ogden Theatre, and not because the success her sixth album has seen this month.
“I’m so outta breath here! I always forget. This next song takes a lot of breathing, so if I pass out I promise to get back up again,” she said — as many artists in Denver do — during her 20-song set on Monday. Michaelson’s new album “Lights Out” was released earlier this month to financial success. It hit No. 5 on the U.S. charts — her best debut to-date. This translated into a nearly-sold out show at the Ogden, and Michaelson rewarded fans with a bigger stage show and a set’s worth of material to fill two hours.
Dressed in thigh high black leggings, mini skirt and white top, Michaelson is a far cry from the “ukulele” carrying, “girl who couldn’t get a date to prom” look fans were introduced to back in 2007. Her look has matured along with her music — as “Lights Out” can attest — but the audience still screamed for the early hits in Denver on Monday. Michaelson didn’t disappoint as she filled out the end of her set with hits, old and new. She even threw in a few covers: Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love, ” Cheryl Cole’s “Parachute” and John Legend’s “All Of Me.”
The show ended with a mash up encore of songs including a shout out to her “Grey’s Anatomy” hits and ending with “Maybe” and “Everybody” (both from 2009’s “Everybody”).
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
Karson Brown is a Denver photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb.