Ed Sheeran, dressed down in a black T-shirt and jeans, single-handedly owned the stage during an intimate, acoustic four-song set live from New York's Delta T4X Thursday night.
Against a sparse backdrop and few lights, Sheeran delivered the goods, including a gratis singing lesson for the eager crowd during his first song, "Give Me Love."
"This side takes the high harmonies," he said, pointing to one half of the room, "And this side will take the low harmonies." Singer/Songwriter 101!
Ed followed "Give Me Love" with the adorably sweet "Lego House," but then it was enough of the mushy stuff. It was time to shred.
Using a looping pedal that records live sound and plays it back in real time, Ed was flailing nearly every limb at rapid fire speed to dominate a nearly 10-minute version of the high-octane "You Need Me, I Don't Need You." We were sweaty just watching him keep up, and that was before he broke into the song for a little Macklemore "Thrift Shop" mashup action. Then he dropped the guitar entirely for 90 seconds of some Twista-speed rapping.
Ed Sheeran: Definitely capable of getting down like that.
Sheeran closed the 30-minute set with his best-selling single,"The A Team," which was a lovely way to end the night--just us, Ed Sheeran, and the droves of screaming girls outside covered in rain who couldn't get in. (Next time, they should stay home and watch it on Fuse. Just sayin.')