Mia Borders at the Maple Leaf

This evening, Mia Borders finishes her month long, Wednesday night residency at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street.  New Orleans has always produced new talent, but this young woman deserves a listen by anyone who is fascinated by the link between soul and pop.  She fronts a standard rock band- bass, lead guitar and drums- but their sound is anything but standard.  With compelling songs that come with a sense of immediacy, Borders is a dynamo on stage.  I saw her open for Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews at the Wednesdays at the Square series last week and was struck by her poise in front of an overflow crowd that was clearly waiting for Troy.

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