Sunday, August 3
The Michael King Project in the 9th Ward
Tickets: $10 advance / $12 day of show at Tickets.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), Rust Belt Books, and Terrapin Station, or charge by phone 888-223-6000
5pm Doors 6pm Start
We are excited to welcome the Michael King Project back to the 9th Ward!
Three years after taking the Buffalo Chips to a national appearance in New York’s Lincoln Center as director and arranger of UB’s award-winning a cappella group, Michael King has set out to conquer a new stage and a new audience.
In his storied career as soul man and songwriter, King has won national awards for his solos and arrangements, he’s won karaoke contests trying to cut his teeth on tough Queen City crowds, and he won the respect of Buffalo’s top jazz and R&B musicians singing backup for soul diva Christy Smothers. But Michael King is done singing backup.
King’s shows are always exciting, filled with reimagined covers just as eclectic as the artist himself – he’ll put his own spin on blues and pop standards and 90s rap classics, covering everyone from John Mayer and Martin Sexton to Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight; and listeners will leave happy, having found new gems or fallen in love with old favorites all over again.
King’s covers are treats – delicious appetizers and desserts – but the real, juicy, 72 oz. steak is his repertoire of originals – red, rare, and slow-cooked to perfection. His new-school old-soul sound mixes head-bobbing funk and tender heartache, and the lyrics are filled with as much passion as King and his band bring to the stage, every night.
A triple-threat himself on piano, guitar, and vocals, King regularly plays with top local artists and nationally touring musicians, including guitarists Daniel Ross and Michael DiSanto, bassists RiShon Odel Northington and Zuri Appleby, and drummers Daniel “DP” Powell and Carl “Flute” Johnson. But no matter who’s sharing the stage, King always manages to coax the maximum energy, enthusiasm, and consummate funksmanship out of his band.
The Michael King Project is an ensemble of Buffalo musicians that have gathered bring the full vision of King’s tunes to life. The group has been slowly taking form and growing over the past four years from Michael’s first performance solo in 2010, swelling up to a seven piece band with back-up vocalists this for larger shows.
At the group’s core is: Michael King – Vocals/Keys, Derek “Velvet D” Hager – Tenor Sax, and Dan Ross – Guitar.
Date(s) - 08/03/2014
341 Delaware Avenue