That 1 Guy

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
$15 Advance, $15 Day of Show

            On Saturday, November 23, 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.

            “It saddens me to think that there are people in this world who have never heard of That 1 Guy (a.k.a. Mike Silverman) before,” begins a review in Slug Magazine.  Musician, performer, inventor, songwriter, magician – That 1 Guy can do it all.

            “It has been said that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. Mike Silverman (aka That 1 Guy) has literally invented the instruments that create his unique sound, facilitating an auditory storytelling journey for his audience,” report Aaron and Nicole Eikenberry in Tomorrow’s Verse.  “Influenced by his jazz musician father, and his education at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the bass player found a way to create his own style through ingenuity and design by inventing ‘The Magic Pipe’, an electronically rigged pair of machined aluminum pipes, connected by adjustable phosphorus bronze joints, with each pipe hosting an orchestral bass string.

            “The harp-shaped instrument is roughly seven feet tall and features 13 trigger points, which can be mapped to various musical sound effects or samples. The front pipe uses a low C string, while the rear pipe's string is used to achieve more tenor-ranged notes. The pipes themselves are employed to produce various percussive sounds while That 1 Guy slaps, plucks, or bows the strings, as well as occasionally utilizing a drumstick to sound the strings and the pipes at the same time.

            “The Magic Boot is a scorpion-emblazoned cowboy boot, which is wired and fed through the Magic Pipe’s audio lines. It is then played as a percussive instrument by tapping on the sole while pinching the boot’s opening to achieve different sounds. The combination of these two diverse instruments complete That 1 Guy's one-man-band like no other before him.”

            Reports QRO, “With perpendicular shifts into classical string movements from funk, jazz, 80s pop, heavy metal, 50s do-opp’n, spandex power riffs, house beats, and novelty jams – the performance from That 1 Guy had a little bit of everything for the instant-gratification oddity generation that populated the audience.  And those lucky enough to witness such an innovative and mind-bogglingly creative performance were likely wondering wtf just happened afterward.”

            Beginning in 2014, T1G began to use magic – performing a close-up magic show for a small group of fans before his main gigs and bringing using it in the performances.  With the addition of magic in his live shows, he has​ ​legitimately achieved an all-inclusive audio/visual performance unlike anything​ ​experienced before.

            “It​ ​feels like I was meant to do magic,” he states.  Yet to Silverman, the music is still the key component.

            “Instrumental experimentation aside, the highlight of the concert – and the focus of the performance – was the construction of infectious, danceable rhythms which kept the audience moving throughout the evening,” Glide Magazine reports.  “The variety of sounds left listeners fascinated and sometimes mesmerized as these otherwise inanimate objects were seemingly brought to life, all the while orchestrated with ease and amiability from the stage. At the heart of the show is a performance that very successfully and consistently engaged the audience in bass-heavy, funk-drenched songs which segued smoothly into one another.”

            Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.  Reservations for the magic show are through That 1 Guy’s website.