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Michael Waite's songwriting is thoughtful Americana without any glitz, both brutally and joyously honest. He lives with his family in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and draws from a repertoire of hundreds of songs ranging in style from Irish folk to bebop to popular hits.  His delivery of his own songs and interpretations of others is influenced by his first musical exploration, the jazz trombone.

     Erica Waite grew up in a ballet studio.  The two of them met while studying their respective professions in Kalamazoo.  They backpacked across the country for a year or two, riding freight trains and working on the Bering Sea before settling down in the Huron Mountains north of Marquette, MI.  There they built their own house off the grid which features a dance and music studio.  They home school their three children there and wherever the path of a mindful performing duo leads them.  You can find them performing together at festivals and occasional concerts.  Michael can be found performing regularly at locations in the Marquette area and periodic trips around the region.


“His velvet voice, smooth finger-picking acoustic guitar style combined with honest, beautifully crafted songs will touch your heart and bring a tear to your eye. Songs about friendship, love, bad habits, and the good life”



“One of the best one-man shows you’ll ever see”


“One of my favorite songwriters and singers in Michigan”


“Marquette’s quintessential roots singer-songwriter”


“ernstig zijn is een gave die Michael Waite volledig beheerst”

(Serious songwriting is a gift that Michael Waite completely controls)



Upcoming Dates


Every Sunday: Harry South and I continue our residence at the Northland Pub in the Landmark Inn in Marquette from noon until 3. Beyond the music enjoy Lunch, American football, and/or a carefully-created bloody mary bar.

Other Dates Coming Up:

Friday, Nov 30, 8pm: Songs of the 70’s Fundraiser for Room at the Inn at Ore Dock Brewing, Marquette. I’ll be playing one or two songs in this program, produced by the same people who made the Beatles shows happen

Saturday, December 1st: Soup Dinner at the UU in Harvey, MI. All donations go to J. J. Packs, an organization feeding area children healthy food. Come enjoy all the delicious food and kind company

Saturday, December 1st, 7-10pm: Harbor Light Ball. This annual fundraiser features a fantastic 5 course meal, dancing, and benefits our community’s Masonic building.

Thursday, December 13, 8pm: Science on Tap at Ore Dock Brewing Company. A few NMU student guest performers are coming to give me a break now and then, and the Student Art Gallery is having a sale

Sunday, December 16: Zephyr Wine Bar

Saturday, December 22: Christmas singalong with Adam Sawfox in the Landmark Inn’s lobby

Sunday, December 23: Christmas jazz jam at the Zephyr

Saturday, December 29, 9pm: Adam Sawfox at the Ore Dock

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