Micah Erenberg and his band are headed to The Northern. Submitted photo

Nine-toed Micah Erenberg to play at The Northern

Psychedelic folk rocker Micah Erenberg will be performing at The Northern tonight, May 26.

On May 26, multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist psychedelic folk rocker Micah Erenberg will be performing at The Northern.

The native of Matlock, Manitoba and his four musical colleagues are on a tour of Western Canada to promote their latest album called Poor Mic’s Toe; the name is a riff on a song called Morphine, which is a dramatization of how Erenberg lost a toe to a lawnmower at the age of 12.

“I was mowing my lawn and I fell over and pulled the lawnmower over my foot,” he said. “So I wrote a comedic dramatization about that experience.”

In the song, the protagonist can’t get over a morphine fix he picks up after losing the appendage but the real Erenberg said he doesn’t touch the stuff.

Interestingly, one time a random audience member tried to show his appreciation for a show by offering the nine-toed 24-year old a handful of what he said was morphine.

“I was like, ‘I don’t really want these,’” he said. “But I appreciated the sentiment.”

Erenberg said exciting and disturbing encounters with fans are par for the course when performing as a psychedelic folk-rocker.

At a recent show in Winnipeg, one fan became so overcome with emotion – and alcohol – that he jumped on stage with Erenberg and the band and launched into a wild air-guitar solo.

“He was yelling and dancing and having a great time,” said Erenberg.

Unfortunately, the fan became entangled in Erenberg’s very real and unimagined guitar cable and knocked one of his guitars off its stand.

“He really wanted to rock out, so all the power to him,” said Erenberg. “He almost broke one of my guitars but what can you do?”

On the album, the band’s songs are short and concise but when they play live they let loose a little bit and improvise and jam a little bit, he said.

“It’s a bit more of an instrumental experience,” said Erenberg. “It’s a bit more engaging.”

Erenberg contrasted the controlled anarchy of his live performances with the relative introspective calm of writing and recording music.

“Recording albums is really this crazy goal that you have,” he said. “You put all your effort into something that you hope people will enjoy but at the live shows people have fun and make friends and that’s a whole other side.”

He and his bandmates have just started recording a new album, which they hope to release early next year. He said he’s been playing live shows since the age of 14 and that he has been with his current band for about two years.

This will be the second time Erenberg and his band perform at The Northern. They stopped by the popular venue last September on a cross-Canada tour and had an incredible experience.

“The people in the town are awesome,” he said. “Our friends from Winnipeg came out, it was a really good time.”

Just Posted

Political theatre shines light on womens issues

The Vagina Monologues returned to Fernie last weekend for the second time,… Continue reading

Local rink heading to curling provincials

The Mens Masters East-West playdown took place in Sparwood from February 2-4.… Continue reading

Kootenay East MLA reacts to Throne Speech

Tom Shypitka says speech falls short of intended mark.

Specialist shortage affecting elective surgeries

East Kootenay Regional Hospital recruiting additional anesthetists

Youth compete in winter Olympics

Bundled up under layers of fluorescent clothing, children excitedly participated in École… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canucks came out hot, beat Bruins 6-1

Loui Eriksson scores twice, catapulting Vancouver to a lopsided victory over Boston

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Most Read