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Date and Time
Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 8:00pm
"It's all folk music. I've never heard a horse sing a song;" - Louis Armstrong
Michael Engberg is, at heart, a folk musician. Folk music has a rich and wide ranging legacy that stretches from as far back as the troubadors of medieval and renaissance times to the salons and cabarets of Paris. It ambled through the juke joints and clubs where blues and jazz were first heard, to the coffeehouses where artists like Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Steve Goodman, and Harry Chapin first captivated audiences with beautiful narratives and powerful passions. Folk music is still alive and vibrant today, on college campuses, at house concerts and other events, both large and small, showcasing the newest wave of folk exemplified by the likes of Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Decemberists, and more. Engberg embraces all of this, from the medieval to the modern.
The common element in all of these traditions is the power of the song. Engberg thrives on that power, and joyfully shares it with an audience
Michael Engberg is an award-winning singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist, an independent recording artist and producer who has entertained fans across the United States, as well as Canada and parts of Europe.
Michael grew up in the Mississippi town of Burlington, Iowa. He spent hours upon hours in the basement of his family's house, banging away at the old upright piano, or the $100 used acoustic he picked up at age 14. He also cut his teeth playing in a variety of country, rock, jazz, and blues bands. When he was sixteen years of age, he discovered an old vinyl recording of classical guitarist, Andres Segovia, and began a lifelong passion for classical guitar. Later (after a stint in college, studying guitar and composition), he played cruise ships in the Bahamas and worked as a music director and pit musician for repertory musical theater in the Rocky Mountains.
All of these experiences and influences serve to add a real depth to Michael's performances. His original material has a ready sense of humor (evident in songs like "Blond Leading The Blind", or "Falking Tunny"), or the compassion demonstrated in a song like "The Land of Remembering When", or the sense of social justice expressed in songs like "When The Dealer Comes To Town", or "The Last Man". He is equally comfortable with tossing in a traditional blues tune, a cabaret standard, a classic rock song, or a gem from Hank Williams. He is most at ease and in his element in front of an audience, sharing all manner of songs, along with an occasional story, here and there.
Michael continues to enjoy a rich and varied career; playing for numerous audiences, producing new music through his own recording label (Many Hats Recordings), and teaching classes, workshops, and seminars on songwriting and the music industry.