That 1 Guy

January 20, 2018 - 9:00pm

            On Saturday, January 20, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome That 1 Guy and his Magic Pipe back to the WOW Hall.

            He’s the best there is at what he does.  That 1 Guy (Mike Silverman) has won the WOW Hall Award for Best Instrumentalist three years running and five overall.  Pretty impressive for someone whose curious instrument once had him pegged as a “novelty act”.   Musician, performer, inventor, songwriter, magician... That 1 Guy is a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry.

            That 1 Guy calls his musical style, “experimental earthshaking future funk”.  Imagine the brainchild of Dr. Seuss, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Stanley Kubrick and Rube Goldberg, and you begin to understand the spectacle of a T1G performance.  The inventor of The Magic Pipe, he single-handedly (and foot-edly) plays his amazing instrument, which is made out of miked steel pipes with a single, thick bass string wired from top to bottom, not to mention an Appalachian handsaw, an electric cowboy boot and belching smoke.

            Combining elements of classical music with electronica, Silverman puts his classical training to good use creating music that is ethereal, gothic and heart pounding.  His one-man concert performance is equal parts music, technology, science, art and spectacle and is suitable for audiences of all ages.  Mike uses his hands and feet to create an industrial tribal rhythm that needs to be seen and heard to be believed.

            “There’s a lot to take in,” he says, but, “when people see me play, they just intuitively get it.” 

            Silverman has gone on his own world voyage as That 1 Guy, with performances around the globe, including Edinburgh, Scotland’s prestigious Fringe Festival, where he received the Tapwater Award for Best Musical Act.  From Istanbul to Australia he is a revered folk hero.  T1G 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.  In addition to solo shows, he works with Buckethead performing as The Frankenstein Brothers.

            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!  Along with his pioneering main instrument, The Magic Pipe, a monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics, he adds to the dynamic live creation of music with magic seamlessly integrated into the performance.  Mike has legitimately achieved an all-inclusive audio/visual performance unlike anything experienced ever before.  

            Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

Door Time: 
January 20, 2018 - 8:00pm
$13 Advance, $15 Day of Show