February 15 @ 9:00 pm
The unique style and music of Bobby McManus is the product of a long winding musical journey.
Beginning on trips to the woods with a keen interest in a his grandfather’s instruments; Bobby pursued drums and piano as a young boy. After training in classical and jazz upright bass, he finally made the jump to the guitar. Inspired by the physical styles of Eddie Van Halen and Victor Wooten; as well as progressive music like Rush and Dream Theater, he challenged the athletic and intellectual limits of his playing. After exposure to fingerstyle virtuoso Don Ross, acoustic folk music became his main expressive avenue.
Bobby attended the Arts Academy in the Woods and then began two careers. One in music performance and the other educating musicians of all ages and skill levels. After accepting the senior teaching position at Grosse Pointe Music Academy in 2005, Bobby participated in the nationally televised “Americas Hot Musician” competition in 2008 and was voted the winner. The resulting single with Canadian vocalist Sarah Loverock was later certified gold. The following years saw the maturing of his music to include thoughtful lyricism and a distinctive vocal delivery that further the expressive possibilities of his art. With the 2014 release of his first musical collection called “Aesthetics” Bobby McManus is poised to push farther the boundaries of both his own creativity and expression, as well as his mastery of the guitar.
When he’s not teaching guitar or performing with The Pulse, Bobby has a flourishing solo career playing both covers and his own original music. Just earlier this Summer in 2015, Bobby was invited to be a featured artist at Michigan’s prestigious “Electric Forest Festival.”