Michael Tolcher Will Entertain Crowd at Get Down! Town, Solaris
In a musical era dominated by corporate rock, knee-jerk angst and bass-heavy hip hop of the bitches and ho’s variety, quiet rocker Michael Tolcher is indeed an anomaly. His brand of well-crafted pop and lyrics heavy with positive, socially responsible vibes evolved not from focus groups or demographic-chasing. He did it the old-fashioned way, by loading his guitar in the van and getting out on the road, playing outdoor festivals, small venues and, oddly enough, the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where his father served as chaplain.
It was in the pen where he met friend and mentor Dr. Mutulu Shakur, the father of slain rapper Tupac and inmate at said penitentiary, serving a 60-year sentence for conspiracy, racketeering and aiding in the prison break of Assata Shakur (aka Joanne Chesimard).
The unlikely guru was impressed with the young musician. ‘“In his music we are presented with the raw, clever rejection of the forces of NORM, without belligerences. The truth and depth of this artist inspires ‘— begs us for a time of total honesty,’” he says on the artist’s website, michaeltolcher.com.
Tolcher has made his mark, sharing bills with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sister Hazel, Everclear, the Pat McGee Band, Tonic, George Clinton & P-Funk, the North Mississippi All-stars and Cowboy Mouth. His current album, I Am, has been well received by critics and radio stations and showcases his brand of music. Yet there is little danger of Tolcher becoming a music-industry monster.
‘“I try to stay focused on the art more than the career,’” he told YES! Weekly by phone from Minneapolis. ‘“I keep my formula real simple so I don’t get carried away.’”
He’ll be performing at the Get Down! Town event in Greensboro on Sat., Aug. 27, gracing the Turner South My South Rocks stage under the railroad trestle at 11:20 p.m.
Tolcher will also play a private party at Solaris at 5:30 p.m. that same day. The private event is sponsored by YES! Weekly and guest list information can be had by calling us here at 336.316.1231.
‘— Brian Clarey