A year ago, Michael Persall decided to play 300 shows in 2015. As it turns out, he hit 300 pretty quickly, so at some point around September he upped it to 400. I never said he was lazy. At the end of December, he played his 400th show at Rockwood Music Hall. I was there. It was great.
I met him somewhere around 225, at the Nuyorican. I’d seen him play before at the the Path Café, but hadn’t had a chance to meet him yet. We talked for a while in line before sign-ups on E. 3rd St, and i learned about his resolution. The 400 number included open mics, showcases, booked gigs, basically anything that was him playing guitar in front of people that didn’t know him. Some nights during the week, he’d regularly play at three different spot, from Midtown to Williamsburg, and he’d be out between 6-7 nights a week, every week, for the whole year.
His performance is always impeccable. He’s a machine. He’s a jukebox that only plays Michael Persall and Amy Winehouse. He writes modern rock with heavy 50’s and 60’s influence in the form of a catchy pop tune, with a strong silky voice and impressive range.
We met up at Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar on 29th and 2nd one night. He played a few songs inside, and then we went around the corner to film one outside.
If you dig it, he has a residency with his band this February at Pianos in LES – every Wednesday night at 10.
For non-locals, check out his website, www.michaelpersall.com