Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
As you will see below (if you keep reading through my blog), I am a HUGE Michael Franti fan. In the summer of 2013 I was lucky enough to catch both his concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland and his long awaited return to Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall. At both concerts I was blown away by the opening bands. In Cleveland, it was Saints of Valory, and in Toronto it was Canadian artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.
Going into the concert, I really wasn't aware who the opening band would be, and since I was attending with friends who had never seen Michael Franti and Spearhead before, I was hoping it would be the talented Saints of Valory that I was introduced to at the Cleveland concert.
It became obvious that there was a new opening act by the initial setup of the stage, and when Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF) came out, I had no clue what to expect. From the first few bars of "Man Overboard", I quickly realized that MBF was the artist that I had heard during the August Cineplex interview that they play before movies start. I was interested by him when I heard him there, but the absolute disappointment of the movie I saw pushed his name out of my head.
So, to say MBF was a happy surprise that Saturday night in September of 2013, is a bit of an understatement. He is a talented musician, who is very deserving of your ear (I liked him so much, I bought all the music at his merch table after the show). His earnest and optimistic sound complimented what followed on that magical evening with Michael Franti and Spearhead, and I cannot wait to attend a concert where he is the head-liner. Calgary should be proud of this up and coming superstar.
I have included one of my favourite songs from his album "YES", Follow.
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