Michael Shynes @ Café Steam

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Michael Shynes Live at Café Steam in Rochester MN
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24th Feb, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Café Steam
$10 / Per Person
Organized by MyTownMyMusic.com

Michael Shynes @ Café Steam


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After losing his Father to an auto immune disease at the age of 25, Shynes decided to honor his Dad’s legacy by chasing the dreams he had put off for so long, music. At that time he was working at a residential treatment center for teens, and playing the occasional show on the weekend. “It was important work, and shaped who I am today in a lot of ways. But after 3 years I just got tired of getting beat up, spit on, and called everything you can imagine. I loved those kids though, and wouldn’t trade my time there for anything.”

Michael Shynes

So he moved back home to keep costs down while trying to become a full time musician. “It worked out well because I didn’t want to think of my Mom being alone in the house after my Dad’s passing. But by the same token it felt like a lateral move being back in my childhood home. I had many an existential crisis during that time.” So Shynes began playing every show that he possibly could, and as time went on, he was able to pay all his bills (and student loans) with an acoustic guitar. “Paying rent every month by writing and performing songs was pretty surreal, and the harder I worked, the better the gigs got.”

Shynes would often get noticed as a strong local candidate to open up for National acts as they came through town, and even ended up on a tour with Platinum Recording Artist Howie Day. “That really taught me a lot because I was playing for theaters full of people who were not there to see me. But I was telling the stories and playing my songs, and everyone was listening. That was a landmark experience.”

Now Shynes has worked to become one of the most sought after acoustic performers and songwriters in the Midwest. He has an ability to blend shades of multiple genres over an acoustic landscape, and his songs are ripe with lyrical depth rarely paired with mainstream appeal. “The thing that seems to separate Shynes is unquestionably his voice and phrasing. With a range and falsetto that is nothing short of captivating, his acoustic finger picking style acts as the perfect bed of warmth on which his soulful lyrics can rest.”

“Stylistically, he is difficult to pigeonhole because his sound amalgamates many different flavors, blending R&B, pop and blues into awesomely immediate melodies, evocative lyrics and contagious rhythms. Michael Shynes really has it going on.” – The Huffington Post




VILD - Rochester, MN Musician

VILD, personally known as Emily Elizabeth Nelson, is a musician, artist, photographer, beyond born and raised in Rochester, MN.

She has been walking this earth for twenty-two years now, moving, shifting, pacing, wandering, never really sure of where she belonged or what she was meant to do. She has found her refuge in music from birth, though, a special place between time and space for her to learn, grow, love, and wander.

VILD heard the Cranberries from the womb, played by her mother, fell asleep to Enya from the day she was born, also played by her mother, and went on to discover music for her own as she grew older and wiser. Some of VILD’s greatest influences include Enya to more contemporary artists such as Zella Day, Bastille, and Lana Del Rey with some traces of the Beatles and beyond. However, she will insist that her inspiration stems equally from her experiences with all the different artists she has stumbled upon over the years.

Admittedly, she is still discovering her sound. VILD has roots in piano, guitar, and violin and was vocally trained by William Bastian, opera singer and professor, at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

VILD is the Swedish word for wild, and it is the name she has chosen for herself. Her soul has become wild and free, for the first time in ages, and thus will be her name. Music has forever been VILD’s channel of release, whether she has been playing, listening, discovering, or writing. It has always been a part of her, heartbeat, beating, always. The deepest and darkest wanderings of her soul have become lost among the notes, the lyrics, the sounds, leaving her heart free to be. These creations, her sounds, are far beyond her own understanding. They are born to be free, free to help, free to inspire, and free to wander. VILD thanks you for listening and is honored to share this journey with you.



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February 24
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Café Steam
315 S Broadway
Rochester,MN55904United States
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