This past Monday I saw Mishka perform an acoustic set in NYC. I had never been to the venue in the Lower East Side, and if you haven’t either, you must put it on your NYC bucket list. After wandering around the building that was under construction, we found Joe’s Pub tucked inside the renovated walls of a Lafayette Street theatre. Once the doors opened it was like stepping into a speakeasy from the 1920s. The ceiling was beautifully gilded above the the dark wood bar and the lofted sound/lights booth. The chandelier, although not adorned with crystals, dimly illuminated the room enough so that there was a sparkle in everyone’s eye. Perhaps it was the ambiance but I think Mishka’s good vibes were responsible. No more than 100 people comfortably sat comedy club style before the barefoot beauty’s hour and a half acoustic set. I asked a friend of mine if his set is any different with his band and if you can imagine he said that it is that much better.
The Bermuda native radiates cool. His lyrics are truthful and universally relatable as love in and for life is a constant theme. He is truly incomparable, but I found similarities in his sound. He has a raw Caribbean pride like Collie, a relaxed demeanor like Jack Johnson, and a sincere passion for his words like Matisyahu. Interestingly, he was signed to Matthew McConaughey’s label j k livin’. MM himself says that Mishka’s music is “conscious reggae that reminds me to bless up, keep a high eye, work hard, love hard, remember true, hope faithfully, give thanks, and just keep livin.” After hearing Mishka unplugged, I couldn’t agree more. -j