Pop singer Bea Miller and her band got started a bit late on the Miller Lite stage at ACL Fest, but they made up for it with energy and enthusiasm.
Miller, with her bright pink hair, bounced around stage throughout her set of solid, radio-friendly pop jams, much to the joy of her excited young fans. There were particularly overjoyed fan responses to tracks like “Outside,” “It’s Not You It’s Me” and “S.L.U.T.,” the latter a bouncy retro song Miller described as something that she wrote mostly for fun but has morphed into an anthem about celebrating who you are and not caring what other people think.
The performer has a strong voice and a lot of attitude, which was best on display during the very funny story about a guy lasting “two minutes,” which she told ahead of her song “motherlove,” a snappy track calling out men who don’t care about women’s pleasure. “If you’re a dude upset by this story,” Miller said to a laughing audience, “that story is about you.”
She got heartfelt during a slower track, “like that,” which had many young women in the audience singing the painful but inspirational lyrics to one another: “When you treat me like that, when you treat me like that/I only get stronger, I only get stronger.”
Miller closed out her set with some of her biggest hits. First, “Fire and Gold,” a song she said will go on her gravestone as her biggest accomplishment when she dies. Then, the propulsive, party-friendly anthem “I Wanna Know,” an NOTD track that Miller does vocals for. Even in the heat, she had the crowd jumping.