​​"...a savvy and seamless mix of folk, rock, pop, jazz and blues from one of our area's most gifted songwriters." ​ ”

— Tim Finn, The Kansas City Star

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NEWS

The Musical II: Songs for the New Rage 

We are down to our final mixing days at Element Recording Studios and we could not be happier. Like any good syndicated B movie chain, this sequel to Mikal Shapiro's 2015 release "The Musical" is even more raw, non-sequitur and gratuitous. Harkening back to 90's TV and teenage desert visions, "The Musical II" sets the score for family dinner dramas from one track to the next. According to market research, listeners will find it either:

A) Cathartic

B) Soothing 

C) Difficult 

D) None/All of the Above. 

What to expect? Look for signs. The upcoming release of the first single "Everybody's Baby" is scheduled out this week. Pre-sale for the album and advanced tickets to the CD release show can be found HERE. Sign up for the newsletter and like our FB page Mikal Shapiro Music for updates. Most importantly, keep your eyes to the sky and your ears to the rail. And above all, thanks for supporting independent music!

Elements and Element 

WINTER SHE-NANIGANS ABOUND.

Honored and blessed to be back in Element studios with my core electric band (Chad Brothers, Matt Richey and Johnny Hamil) for a brand new full-length album due out Spring 2018. Trumpet player extraordinaire Hermon Mehari stopped by for a guest session during the holidays. More guests to come in the New Year. For now, a deep winter retreat into the U.P. of Michigan for a creative sabbatical. See you in the thaw!  

 

Listen Local Live! and a French Tour in the Works 

Back from a north midwestern tour with Shapiro Brothers, I feel renewed and hopeful. Must be why I'm writing songs like crazy. If you're in the area, you might be able to catch some of them at my upcoming gigs:

Monday, May 15th from 7-10pm, I get to play in a songwriter round in KC with some of my favorite people at my favorite bookstore, Prospero's.
May 21st, you'll find the Bros at the Shoe Tree Listening Room in Springfield, MO.
June 1st, the duo is at Californo's with the lovely Teri Quinn and touring act Band of Lovers.

Pre-production for the next record is still in the works. This stuff takes time, you know.

I'm very excited to announce that I'm headed to France with Chad Brothers in July for a Shapiro Brothers tour with the effervescent Louise Thiolon! Her recently released EP "Le Gout de Chagrin" is simply beautiful... and so is she.

In other news, I was asked to be a part of Listen Local Live! at the Johnson County Library which features music and video from area artists. It's an amazing project and I'm honored to be included. If you want to hear what's going on, click the link above.

Spring Shows + Studio Time 

The Musical is gearing up for another studio marathon this Spring with brand new material and some unrecorded songs that we're ready to pin down. We've also got some full band shows in Kansas City coming up: One at a new space called OUTBURST in the Crossroads on Sunday, March 26th with Jack Topht and Teri Quinn. Then we'll be sharing the stage with The Country Duo at Californo's on Friday, April 7th. Also, this April will find me on the road with my duo Shapiro Brothers through Nashville, Columbus and the UP. Meanwhile, you can keep track of my Latin Americana band Ayllu on our new website: www.aylluband.com. Of course, you can always find me here, too, or my Facebook or Instagram. For a rabbit, I'm easy enough to catch on the Net. Better yet, catch me in person. I'll promise to play my heart out for you. 

The Reincarnation of my Website 

I'm happy to say that I've entered the second half of the second decade of the 21st Century with an appropriately contemporary website update. Here's to getting with the program in 2017! Stay in touch by signing up for my email list. You'll receive the latest news on my when-and-whereabouts. 

Previous events

May15

Shapiro, Fisher, Rausch, Ladesich and Easterday

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Prospero's Books, Kansas City, MO

Songwriter rounds with Mikal Shapiro, Richard Alwyn Fisher, Kasey Rausch, Tony Ladesich, Scott Easterday (Lost Lamenters Collective)

Monday, May 15, 2017 Prospero's Books 7:00 PM - 10:00 $5-$10 suggested donation

Mar31

Shapiro Brothers

The Westport Saloon, Kansas City, MO

Mar26

The Musical

Outburst, Kansas City, MO

Jack Topht with Mikal Shapiro and Terri Quinn Jack Topht wields his, hilarious, sobering, stream of americana commentary via minimal rap-rock fervor like a radical lazer pistol that can correct 9 zillion interconnected bad habits with one zap. - Abraham Lincoln

Part rapper, part performance artist, part comedian/motivational speaker-Jack Topht mixes Bob Dylan, D. Boon and Kool Keith's lyrical attack styles to focus and bewilder listeners while ultimately making them feel less alone in this strange world.

Like a cross between, Le Tigre, Jonathan Richman, Das Racist and Ween, Jack Toft creates a new free american rock and roll experience where listeners can smile freely in the warmth, unpretentiousness, and head noddability of this gentle practitioner of enthusiasm wrangling.

Jack Toft (Kool Keith meets Crass) has put out 18 tapes in the last 7 years, doing shows with Ami Dang, Jamaican Queens, Jeffrey Lewis, B L A C K I E, Frank Hurricane, Wume and other underground heroes. Jack Toft has played on rad line-ups all over America and he always does a really great job even when totally awesome bands play with him! He did whartscape in 2010, performance art at fields fest last summer, he played sxswendys a bunch of times, He always makes people smile, wince, laugh, scream and cry. The crowd leaves the function feeling very satisfied.

Mikal Shapiro:

Mikal Shapiro was born and mostly raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her Masters in Filmmaking from the Art Institute of Chicago after dropping out of art schools most of her adult life.

Her musical influences span popular songs, psych rock, lounge, and old time spirituals as well as classic country, jazz and blues. A third generation storyteller, she draws inspiration from her travels, love life, and the state of the Union.

The Kansas City Star, Deli Magazine and Wednesday MidDay Medley declared her latest album The Musical to be one of the top releases of 2015.

Teri Qunn:

A Northern girl with a Southern heart living in the Mid-West, Teri Quinn writes tunes that are sweet yet savory. With her clawhammer banjo playing and old time hollerin', she mixes an old fashioned sound with a modern grit. Drawing inspiration from moon phases and matters of the heart, her enchanting presence is sure to bewitch you. A few artists that inspire her songwriting include but are not limited to Gillian Welch, Abigail Washburn, The Tallest Man On Earth, Matt Pond, Fionn Regan, Willie Watson, and Blind Boy Paxton. She is a little girl with a big voice. Her live show will transport you to a creepy moonless night spent in the Smokey Mountains.

Blind Boy Paxton once told her to chill.

Teri is also in a few Kansas City bands. She is a clarinetist in a seven piece indie rock group, Claire and the Crowded Stage and a banjo player and vocalist in a nightmaracana band, Abandoned Bells.