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MICHAEL BRAUNFELD w/ Chris Rawlins
April 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm$8
Michael Braunfeld is, first and foremost, a storyteller. His songs capture the everyday triumphs and struggles of ordinary people. His characters – though trapped in the particular circumstances of their own lives – appeal to a universal audience. Michael was welcomed into the Writers’ Night Family at The Bluebird Cafe in 2014 and in 2016 he was named a finalist in the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition. From sold out listening rooms to festivals, Michael is delighting old fans and winning over new audiences at every stop.
Whether addressing topical issues or sharing personal stories that often leave his audiences feeling that he has somehow, in some way, invaded their privacy, Michael’s performances combine a powerful guitar style with a seemingly endless supply of urgency. And he has a pretty sneaky sense of humor too.
Chris Rawlins is a Chicago based songwriter and performer operating in Folk and Jazz traditions. Coming of age as an English major and Jazz trumpeter, he has taken many turns to arrive in Chicago as a songwriting troubadour, and has since won over crowds large and small with his unique take on finger style guitar and lyricism.
His music has been heard and performed across many platforms, from college radio stations including Loyola University’s WLUW, to regional festivals such as the Fretboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI, to the March, 2016 release of his debut EP, Impressions: Volume One. Chris will be following up his EP with a full length album in the coming year.