NEPA Scene Staff

Former Misfits singer Michale Graves plays acoustic show at Keystone Rampworks in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 29

Former Misfits singer Michale Graves plays acoustic show at Keystone Rampworks in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 29
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

From a press release:

Barnstorm Booking announced today that former Misfits singer and longtime solo artist Michale Graves will play an acoustic set at Keystone Rampworks in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Ashland folk punk band Condition Oakland will open the all-ages show in the lounge of this indoor skatepark.

Doors at Keystone Rampworks (131 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre) open at 6 p.m. Tickets, which are $25 in advance or $30 at door, are on sale now at Food and drinks from the Keystone Rampworks Coffee House can be added for an additional $10.

Graves has performed in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton before, both stripped down and with a full band, but it has been a few years since he visited Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For two decades, singer/songwriter Michale Graves has been entertaining, influencing, and informing a growing audience worldwide. His journey as an artist has ignited a passion that motivates his desire to reach out, create a dialogue, and build a platform to discuss and interact on pop culture, people, and the world around us. Driven by the pursuit of quality and harmony in everything that he is involved in, the New Jersey native travels the world and looks into the eyes and hearts of tens of thousands of fans.

While entertainment is at the heart of who he is as a performer, Graves is also a social and pop culture media thought leader who has hosted as well as appeared on numerous broadcast and print properties worldwide while continuing to develop his own.

Since 2016, Graves has toured and recorded relentlessly with his band in support of projects and albums “When Worlds Collide” (2016) and “The World Turned Upside Down” (2017). He also continues touring as a solo acoustic production in support of the albums “Bedlam” (2016) and “Backroads” (2017).

2018 marked his solo return to Europe with his acclaimed Beginning of the End Tour. By the end of the year, he had toured in 23 countries and played over 150 shows.

Graves attributes his vocal capabilities and strength that sets him apart from all others in the business, as well as his time studying under Don Lawrence in New York City. He kicked in the door of the music scene in 1995 as the lead singer and songwriter of one of the most legendary punk rock bands of all time, The Misfits, performing with them through the year 2000. The videos produced for his song “Dig Up Her Bones” and “Scream,” which was directed by George A. Romero, have been viewed over 30 million times. He appeared in Romero’s film “Bruiser” performing “Fiend Without a Face,” which was penned by Graves specifically for Romero’s film.

In 2003, he embarked on a new project called Gotham Road and played hundreds of raucous dates on the U.S. club circuit.

Partnering with SOS Records in 2007, he released “Illusions” featuring five songs he wrote with Damien Echols, who at the time was being held in solitary confinement on Arkansas death row as part of the West Memphis Three. A national acoustic tour soon followed to rave reviews. Graves solidified his unique ability to command an audience with only his voice, guitar, stories, and songs.

He created a short film entitled “The Blackness and the Forest” that told the story of his Almost Home campaign and the advocacy work he did for the West Memphis Three. A video he created for his song “Butchershop” would be the first of many more to come. Echols has since been released from prison.

Expanding upon his acting career, Graves appeared in the feature film “Perkins 14” as Eric Ross, directed by Craig Singer as part of the After Dark Horrorfest’s “8 Films to Die For.” He also recorded new songs and a video, written and inspired by his filming experience on location in Romania, including a collaboration with one of the film’s stars, Patrick O’Kane. Those songs, along with live tracks from the acoustic Illusions Tour, were released on a live album in 2008.

Graves and Singer would later collaborate again and team up with The 45 King to create a music video for a unique version of the song “No Rain” by Blind Melon. The project was produced by David Lotwin and Tony Coluccio.

After heading home from Romania, Graves teamed up with Marky Ramone of The Ramones in a band called Blitzkrieg. They toured the world playing all the best classic songs that led up to the induction of The Ramones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The lineup also garnered a spot at Rock in Rio. Graves penned two singles for the project, “When We Were Angels” and “If and When.” An animated video was produced for “Angels,” with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

His other multimedia projects include his time as president and managing director of Hydraulic Entertainment, releasing albums, short films, and videos for songs like “Zombie” and “I Can Feel Heaven.” He collaborated with Russian band Night of Samhain with two releases where Graves sang the band’s songs in English and produced a video together.

Graves was also the senior producer and program manager with Arkansas’ first 24/7 Internet television station AR1.TV, where he hosted “The Michale Graves Show,” which blended pop culture, political discussion, and music into one stream of consciousness that began with his groundbreaking radio show “Radio Deadly.”

Following the Course of Empire World Tour in 2018, Graves continues to bring himself and his artistry to his fans in a worldwide capacity while expanding his brand to include products that reflect his lifestyle and activities. Always seeking ways to innovate the industry, promote well-being, and uplift the individual through art and entertainment, he leads an innovative charge forward.

Learn more about Keystone Rampworks with co-owner Jeff Mushell and friends/supporters George Rittenhouse and Patrick Ventura in Episode 60 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: