The MBF show was held at the Iconic Palace Theatre in Calgary established in 1921. The Palace was full, sold out for Calgary’s hometown boy Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. The opening act was The Middle Coast, a rock band hailing from Manitoba.They had a great, fun sound to them and got the crowd going.Their self-described “70s style yacht rock” sound says it all. The second act was another Calgary band, Windigo. This psych-pop act was fun to watch and it was clear that they were having a blast opening for MBF.
The crowd was a great mix of young and old Michael Bernard Fitzgerald fans. It was a truly cool experience to see MBF and his band play in this intimate theatre venue. The stage had a cool set up with old-time light bulbs draped over a stack of speakers behind the band. This gave the stage a warm, living room feel. MBF calls Calgary home so it’s only fitting that the stage should feel like one. The crowd’s energy was consistently high for the entire set with fans in the front row singing along to every word. MBF is always very interactive with the audience, maybe even more so with the hometown crowd. In between songs, he commented on how great it was that he could walk to work today!
Set List Fire And Rain Drowning One Love Burn With You I Will Play Whatever You Want To Follow Heartbeat Of America What Do You Mean? New Song Let Me Take You Home This Isn’t It Brand New Spaces Fight For Your Right To Party
Encore I Wanna Make It With You Graceland
It’s fantastic when a cover song is completely re-worked into something new and fresh. MBF and his band did some amazing covers of the Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right to Party” and a beautiful acoustic version of Paul Simon’s “ Graceland” who has been an important musical influence for MBF.