Rita Ora and DJ Laz - Hits 97.3 Sessions - Grand Central, Miami
With DJ Laz
As part of HITS 97.3's HITS Sessions
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Finding a pop star with a real set of pipes feels like trying to win the lottery. You know it's possible, but the odds are long.
Last night, Rita Ora stopped by downtown Miami's Grand Central for a superintimate acoustic performance of her budding and Billboard hits. It was MTV Unplugged style, as she and her guitarist sat atop stools on the stage, telling little stories behind the songs. This was maybe the best possible way to enjoy Ms. Ora for the first time, because, low and behold, this girl can really, really sing.
Hosted by HITS 97.3, "Miami's new #1 for all the hits," the free-with-RSVP event brought fans a little closer to this British artist who's yet to release any official album in America.
"I wanted to physically be here with this record," she explained to the audience. "I'm actually living and working here."
When we arrived, she was belting through "R.I.P." to a stunned crowd. The lights were perfectly dim for the romantic serenade. The whole thing gave new depth to Ora's recorded catalog, which is actually more like hard-edged pop with lots of rap features. We kind of prefer her this way, to be honest.
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