Michael Grimm

Flamingo, Dec. 3

The local blues singer/songwriter who won the fifth season of America’s Got Talent mesmerized the audience with his passionate and soulful voice. For his two-week engagement at the Flamingo, Grimm sported a glitzy, logo-embroidered jacket, his trademark fedora and an awkwardness that gave a real sense of sincerity and genuineness to his performance. Consistent with his lounge-singer past, Grimm’s set list consisted of about 90 percent covers and 10 percent originals. And it made for a fun evening. With the backing of a seven-piece band, he put a very bluesy spin on “Born on the Bayou” and gave an up-tempo version of “Simple Man” that ended in a jaw-dropping solo by guitarist John Wedemeyer. Grimm invited singer Adrian Patrick of local band Otherwise to perform a badass version of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” and he performed a duet with local singer Christine La Fond on “Gasoline and Matches.” Grimm then upped the intimacy by sitting at the front of the stage with his acoustic guitar and performing the holiday classic “Bells Will Be Ringing.” From dedicating a song to our troops and honoring the veterans in the audience with a round of applause to pouring his soul into his original song “I Am,” the Mississippi bluesman reminded the audience why he won the big prize. He is well worth seeing.