Loose Cattle Band featuring Michael Cerveris
March 15 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The members of New Orleans-based LOOSE CATTLE have separately, or collectively, made music with the likes of Alex Chilton, Bob Mould, Allen Touissaint, Pete Townshend, Frank Black, The Iguanas, The Breeders, Goldfinger, The Whiskey Gentry, Tav Falco, and Teenage Fanclub. At one time or another in their separate lives, they’ve won a Grammy Award, two Tony Awards, multiple Big Easy and Best of The Beat Awards, and shown up on Broadway, in film and television, and on glossy magazine pages. They’ve also had side hustles as actors, teachers, functional medicine practitioners, podcast hosts, social justice advocates, LGBTQ activists, and very tired parents.
Band founders and double-barreled frontpersons Kimberly Kaye and Michael Cerveris hammer their differences out in Loose Cattle, welding them to a shared love of X, The Mekons, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Dolly and Porter, Neil Young, John Prine, and Drive By Truckers. Their unholy marriage of blood harmonies and chiming guitars over the soulful, swampy rhythm section of Renè Coman and Doug Garrison are stitched together with Rurik Nunan’s keening, fiery fiddle.
It’s Americana music for the people America keeps forgetting, who have no intention of remaining unheard.
A lapsed son of the South, Michael was raised in West Virginia, and divides his time these days between a NYC apartment and his home in New Orleans. He first picked up a guitar at age 11 and figured out how to play it along the way Starting with his junior high rock band, Ukiah, his early musical outings were notable more for their volume than any discernible musicality. But by sheer grit (or lack of self awareness), Michael happily misspent years playing and singing with the likes of Bob Mould, Pete Townshend, Frank Black, Teenage Fanclub, The Breeders, Ken Stringfellow, Anders Parker, Laura Cantrell and many others on stages ranging from CBGBs, Sin E, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, and Irving Plaza to Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Preservation Hall, and Carnegie Hall. His day job as an actor landed him on Broadway 10 times (resulting in two Tony awards), in films with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, and John C Reilly (sadly not all in the same film), and on the tv series Mindhunter, The Plot Against America, Fringe, Gotham, The Tick, Mosaic, The Good Wife, and Tremé. After years spent living and working in the North, an extended sojourn below the Mason Dixon brought Cerveris back to his country roots. And finding his creative co-conspirator in Kimberly Kaye planted a seed that, neglected and curiously fertilized as it has sometimes been, blossoms like a rare Appalachian flower when they step up to the mic together.
The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio