Dinner show: Mike Galbraith with James Anthony

Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm to 7:30pm

Friday, April 21 / 5:30 to 7:30pm / No cover

As a songwriter, Detroit’s Mike Galbraith owes as much to the Replacements as he does Bob Dylan, to Nirvana as much as Neil Young, to Calvin and Hobbes as Ernest Hemingway. Simple truths and insightful storytelling mark modern tales, oft beset by booze and heartbreak. No fat. No feathers.

“Mike Galbraith’s influences blend modern country-tinged indie-rock acts like Wilco, along with rustled-and-tumbled blues-pop flavors of The Replacements. When Galbraith belts a bluesy note, the whole room feels it, with this gravelly timbre that plucks at the heartstrings, while his main collaborator James Anthony strums a sublime lead along the frets of an accompanying guitar.”

— FADL Observer

“Where Mike’s writing shines is when he is standing there in butt naked vulnerability exposing darkness with a voice unafraid to make mistakes in vivid and colorful storytelling. Songs that actually allow us to see the song like a short film—like the same genius imagery of Springsteen, when the screen door slams and Mary’s dress sways. Like that. Galbraith’s writing is laden with visual imagery at every turn, in every song.”

— Mary Byrnes, No More Free Drinks

“Galbraith has been performing his music around the expanse of SE Michigan. He’s begun honing his sense for the quieting swoon of a last-call’s bleary lullaby, or a bloodshot winter morning’s melancholic pop poem, or a more vigorous, rock-tinged tussle. […] He says he responds to the performers who go for it; who aren’t afraid to get a little ugly with their voice, but also fall back into a realm of fragility. The singers who show you what their capable of… And that’s just what Galbraith does on stage, often to stunning effect.”

— Jeff Milo, Deep Cutz

“A bit folky, a bit country; he’ll get you hooked with pretty, sad songs and story-telling lyrics.”

— CW50 Detroit