Nina Nesbitt: A Concert Review by Lauren
Bogarts in Cincinnati, Ohio
Monday, April 16, 2018
Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer/songwriter, who I have been listening to for around four or five years now. I can’t say exactly where I discovered her music, but my best guess is probably Youtube. I’m a fan of a lot of artists from other countries, so I know that I probably won’t ever get to see most of them live unless they really become famous and can tour wherever they like. This is kind of the idea I had about Nina. She’s popular in the U.K. and has toured with people like Ed Sheeran over there. However, I was really shocked when I saw her announce on twitter that she was doing a tour in the U.S. and guess what? She was coming right by me! I had to go – so I immediately asked a friend of mine who I had shared Nina’s music with in the past.
I’ve been to concerts at Bogart’s before, but they were saying online that this would be a front of the house performance, so I wasn’t entirely sure what that meant. It turns out they transformed the front of the venue so that people could literally stand right in front of Nina, and her opening act, as they weren’t on a stage. I actually really liked this because it made the show much more intimate and exciting.
Nina’s opening act was a 17 year old from New York named Whitney Woerz and she was really talented. She laughed that she had been asked to do the tour a week ago and had to leave school in order to go on the road (she’s in high school still, by the way). Her music was really good and relatable. She’s got a great voice and I can see her going on to do big things.
Obviously, we were all pumped for when Nina came on “stage”. She had a guy named Jamie with her who helped with some of the music, and it happened to be his birthday, so we all sang to him later in the show and she presented him with his favorite pizza. It was a sweet touch!
Nina opened the show with “Moments I’m Missing” which I really love. She then sang a few songs from her beginning days, which I didn’t know as well (though I recognized one of the songs “Apple Tree”). She said that album didn’t come out in the U.S. so she knows people probably illegally downloaded the songs – which she said was fine. She then went on to sing a song that I love called “Stay Out”, which is still one of her earlier works, but it came out around the time I started listening to her, I believe. She sang other songs off her newest EP such as “Best You Had” and “Somebody Special.” She also sang a couple songs that will be on her upcoming album that were amazing and I cannot wait to get this c.d – they were “Empire” and “Colder.”
While traveling between two of the cities in the U.S, she learned how to play “Case of You” by Joni Mitchell, so she played that. It was a really fun show. There might have been a small crowd, but everyone was obviously having a good time, and it was nice to see Nina up close like that. She’s a fantastic singer and really great live, if you ever get the chance to see her. I really loved the little stories she told before certain songs, explaining what it was about. For example, “Empire” is about believing in yourself and not being afraid to go for your dreams. The song “Colder” is about having your heart broken for the first time and then feeling like you’re a bit colder after that, at least for awhile.
Her tour in the U.S. is actually a radio tour, so she encouraged us to tweet our radio stations to play her song (current single is “Somebody Special”) so I definitely need to do that. She deserves to be played more in the U.S., as we all know that can really help an artist’s career – if they do well in the U.S. Her merch table included her newest EP and a t-shirt. I would have loved to get the t-shirt, but I was only able to afford the EP.
However, after Nina performed, she came by the table and met everyone who wanted to meet her, so she gave us a hug, signed mine and my friend’s EP’s, took a photo with me, and even chatted a bit. It was really cold that day – and it had been snowing a lot earlier – so she asked if it was always this cold, noting that it’s warm in the U.K. right now. I told her it’s not usually this cold, this late. We thanked her for coming and that was about it!
It was a lot of fun, and I’m so excited to say that I’ve now not only seen Nina perform live, but I also got to meet her. Definitely check out her music if you haven’t before!