by David Koon
THAT 1 GUY
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10.
If you're tired of the same old same old in music, Mike Silverman, a.k.a. That 1 Guy, might be worth checking out. A former string bass player from Berkeley, Calif., who felt restricted by the instrument he'd mastered, Silverman decided to try another instrument — one he made himself called "The Magic Pipe," a sculpture-ific construct of metal, strings, leather and electronics, played with a bow, fingers, feet, knuckles, deft touches and rapid slaps.
As seen in videos on YouTube, the result is a sound and performance unlike anything else — dreamy, spacey, electronic, analog, part beat-box, part cello, part steel drum. At one point during a video I watched, Silverman played a plain ol' cowboy boot (albeit one with a hidden jack in the heel to connect it to the amps) like a drum. Try getting that from The Eagles.
Definitely worth the price of a ticket, just for the performance art.
That 1 Guy plays at Stickyz Wednesday night.