That 1 Guy
On Saturday, April 1, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome That 1 Guy back to the WOW Hall.
Audiences here at the WOW Hall have honored That 1 Guy with the WOW Hall Award for “Best Instrumentalist” a record five times since 2009. With a one-of-a-kind instrument of his own design and creation and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman, a/k/a That 1 Guy, has set himself apart as a true and unique talent.
Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada, Mike has been a consistent favorite at such festivals as: Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Big Day out, All Good Music Festival, Bella, High Sierra Music Festival, Summer Meltdown, Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more. He was also the ‘Tap Water Award’ winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for best musical act. Multiple tours with Buckethead performing as The Frankenstein Brothers have further cemented his virtuoso story as a creative visionary.
His latest tour, That1Guy & The Magic Pipe Present: An Evening of Musical Magical Wonder... The Likes of Which Ye Haven't Yet Seen, kicked off in 2014 and shows no sign of coming to an end. Along with his pioneering main instrument, The Magic Pipe, a monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics, he facilitates the dynamic live creation of music and magic in ways only That1Guy can conjure. With the addition of magic in his live shows, he has legitimately achieved an all-inclusive audio/visual performance.
“So much of my music has miraculous qualities to it because it’s hard to tell what’s going on,” notes That 1 Guy. “There are lots of slights of hand and sonic misdirection. It feels like I was meant to do magic”.
Silverman’s back-story is similar to many musicians that have come before him. He grew up a self-proclaimed music geek, soaked in the influence of his jazz musician father, and enrolled in San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining the local jazz scene himself as a sought-after percussive bassist. This is where the similarities end though and where That 1 Guy truly began.
In my case, being a bass player, I just felt very restricted by the instrument itself,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to sound different and have my own sound. I was headed that way on the bass, but for me to fully realize what I was hearing in my head sonically I was going to have to do it my way”.
His influential and innovative double bass style eventually evolved into what we see today as That1Guy and The Magic Pipe.
“I like being my own person”, he says. “I didn’t set out to be a weirdo, but I’m starting to embrace it”.
That 1 Guy goes on to further explain, “Human beings do our best work when we’re challenged and pushed up against the wall. By nature, we’re hunters and gatherers, spending each day looking for their next meal. It’s easy to be lazy when you don’t have to come up with something creative right away.”
Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.