Cellist Billy Mickelson on tap March 30 at Richland club

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMarch 29, 2013 

Billy Mickelson is a one-man cello band from Oregon on a musical journey that has taken him around the globe.

He'll make a stop in the Tri-Cities on March 30 at the Emerald of Siam nightclub in Richland. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.

What makes Mickelson special is what he can do with a cello.

"I loop and layer cello in every tonal capacity of the instrument to create lush and emotional song arrangements," he told the Herald in an email. "I am a man with a mission to uplift and enhance the world with rich, honest and insightful music."

Mickelson has played with other bands, like Portland's Dela Project, but mostly he likes to go it alone with his cello and a mix of sounds that are fascinatingly unusual. He says he's always pushing himself to keep his music honest.

"I'm constantly challenging myself to take on the world," Mickelson said. "I am a hardworking, independent musician who is driven beyond any obstacle that comes my way. Obstacles never stop me from making sure I tour worldwide and share my music."

One of his newer releases, Destination Now, can be viewed on YouTube at bit.ly/mickelsoncello. It was recorded in a friend's basement in Denver, and Mickelson said the video captures what he does best.

"You will better understand everything about my music if you watch the video," he said.

He's been playing music all his life but only professionally since 2008. He describes his sound as having no boundaries because he can crank out rock music as easily as he can tone it down to a soothing set fit for a yoga class.

"When I play at the Emerald, I'll be just returning from a five-month European tour supporting my brand new album called Cascadia," Mickelson said. "It will be great to reunite with (American audiences) in the Tri-Cities."

Cover charge to the 21-and-older show is $5 at the door. The Emerald of Siam is in the Uptown Shopping Center off Jadwin Avenue in Richland.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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