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Brooklyn’s The National Reserve will join forces with NEPA’s MiZ to co-headline an evening of not-to-be-missed roots music on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the F.M. Kirby Center’s Live from the Chandelier Lobby series.
For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent its Friday nights lighting it up at a Brooklyn bar, winning over barflies with epic sets and a remarkable breadth of songcraft and showmanship. Now, with their stunning new Ramseur Records debut album, Motel La Grange, the band has crafted a rich and raucous collection that instantly places them among Americana’s finest – its force, directness, and performance not unlike some lost recording unearthed from the golden age of 70s rock ‘n’ roll.
Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. The National Reserve is now planning to bring all the fun and fire of their fervent Friday night sets to the rest of the world, eager to pack as many folks into their late night scene as possible.
No strangers to downtown Wilkes-Barre, The National Reserve have played the F.M. Kirby Center on two occasions – supporting Blackberry Smoke in 2017 and Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2018.
MiZ is an Americana/Roots-Rock artist from Northeast Pennsylvania known for masterful guitar playing, well-crafted songwriting, and powerful and energetic live performances. Mike Mizwinski, better known simply as MiZ, has opened for acts such as Jason Isbell, The Wallflowers, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, America, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Shawn Colvin, Leon Russell, Chris Isaak, Peter Wolf, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Jackie Greene, Railroad Earth and many more.
His first touring gig in 2007 was with jazz-fusion titans Gongzilla, he then moved on to play in bluegrass, folk, country and blues bands before finally starting his own group and recording his first record, East Hope Avenue in 2011. Since then MiZ has played from L.A. to NYC, Austin to Nashville, Berlin, Germany to Northern Canada, including slots at SXSW, Peach Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and many more.