NEW ORLEANS | The final tickets were sold for Corinne Bailey Rae's House of Blues appearance Wednesday evening, leaving disappointed fans along Decatur Street. But for those who were lucky enough to buy tickets early, the evening was uplifting, exuberant and beautiful.
The show kicked off with a stellar set from New Orleans' own Mia Borders. Backed by her seasoned band, the quartet moved from "romantical," as Borders called the band's softer songs, to full-on rock and roll.
The band's heavy touring schedule over the last few months promoting its "Magnolia Blue" record has honed the group's stage presence dramatically. Instead of the standard polite opening set applause, Borders drew the crowd in and had them cheering for more by the time she announced the last song of her 30-minute set.