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The National Reserve and MiZ bring night of Americana music to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 8

The National Reserve and MiZ bring night of Americana music to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 8
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Brooklyn-based Americana band The National Reserve will join forces with Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter MiZ to co-headline an evening of not-to-be-missed roots music on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the venue’s ongoing Live from the Chandelier Lobby series.

Tickets, which are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show, plus fees, go on sale next Friday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. An exclusive Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.

For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent their 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 1970s rock ‘n’ roll.

Founded and fronted by singer/guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mines 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 the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2018. Most recently, they performed locally at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck last month.

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 Los Angeles to NYC, Austin to Nashville, Berlin, Germany, and Northern Canada, including slots at SXSW, the Peach Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and more.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of The National Reserve at the 2018 Briggs Farm Blues Festival here and photos of MiZ at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre last year here. Learn more about MiZ, his new album “A Year Ago Today,” and watch an exclusive acoustic performance in Episode 42 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Photo by Jason Riedmiller Photography/NEPA Scene