Michael Calabrese was reared musically in the outskirts of the all-too-ironically-named "City of Brotherly Love." With a long history of freedom, cheesesteaks, saying "wooder" instead of "water" and screaming "yo" way too much, it's a backdrop that was the perfect rough and tumble trial by fire through which to hone his craft. With roots in jazz, blue collar rock and singalong folk that the area is known for, Michael set out to imbibe it all. He's a musical polymath, and using drums as his jumping off point, he set out to learn the intricacies of bass, guitar, and vocal performance, and can be spotted doing all three in a night of music.
Michael has a degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Jazz Drum Set Performance. He's preformed extensively both domestic and abroad in a variety of musical settings. His focus is currently set on a group made up of his friends from college called Lake Street Dive. After eight years of activity they've released four albums and a live DVD recorded at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. Their upcoming plans include traveling to Canada for festivals and doing pre-production work on their fifth studio recording.
When back in Philadelphia between tours, Michael eats lunch with his Grandmother and tries to write a couple hit songs for Lake Street Dive in his home studio. He and his father built LeaveaSong Studios so that traveling musicians passing through town can lay down some sweet tracks after they've slept, showered and eaten some home-cooked food. It's awesome.