Mikanic was formed in 2003, with Michael Rennie on violin & vocals and Nick Turner on acoustic guitar & vocals. Both musicians were already well known on the South African music scene having founded Sons of Trout, one of the country’s top selling acts.
In 2004 Mikanic released their first album, Swimming with the Women, to great critical acclaim and popular success. The album crossed musical boundaries, established Mikanics characteristic sound, and provided the springboard for their departure to the USA.
During their 5 year stint in the Big Apple, they performed at many of New York’s legendary venues including CBGB, Ace of Clubs ,The Knitting Factory and Joe’s Pub. They also toured extensively through out the USA, as well as the U.K and Japan.
Mikanic’s music effortlessly spans a multitude of genres with an organic sound that is distinctively South African. Lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic, the music has a wide appeal.
This will be a rare opportunity to catch this dynamic duo in action. Expect a few surprise guests in the mix.
Now based in New York, Mikanics line-up features musicians from Japan (Yasuhito Sasaki on lead guitar), India (Shirzad Khusrokhan on bass) and the USA (Alex Beckmann on drums). Mikanics music effortlessly spans genres with influences ranging from rock, reggae and African to hip-hop and jazz. Lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic, the music has a wide appeal. With shows that feature virtuosic musicianship, funky grooves and catchy tunes, Mikanic has quickly become one of New Yorks hottest live acts.
**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW TO START AT 8.30PM