Mishka Shubaly live at the Artery
Mishka Shubaly's story is, like his performances, extraordinary.
After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring non-stop, and shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Decemberists among others. He’s become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope, penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, and headlining the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour. Adrian Grenier played drums for a new single and Shubaly’s most recent record “Coward’s Path” has won praise from Johnny Depp and Joe Perry.
In 2011, Shubaly began publishing a series of hit mini-memoirs via Amazon Kindle Singles (six #1 bestsellers, more than 200,000 copies sold in five different languages). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote the foreword for his collection. His account of getting shipwrecked for The Moth was broadcast nationally on NPR and around the world. Shubaly’s full-length memoir I Swear I'll Make it Up to You (Hachette) was published in 2016 and has garnered praise from The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, GQ, Men’s Journal, and Brooklyn Magazine. His roadwork— 145 shows in 5 countries last year— has won him accolades from Portland, OR to New York to the UK. His writing workshop at Yale has been hailed by students as ‘transformative.’ He has appeared on Warped Tour with Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die). He provides the theme music for the Doug Stanhope Podcast which goes out to 1.5 million listeners.
“We all have heroes. I would never want to imagine Tom Waits going to therapy or Bukowski running a 10k. In my heart, Mishka Shubaly will always be spilled over the bar next to me and playing on the jukebox of my soul.”
- Doug Stanhope