Mikaela Davis was born to play her harp in a garden, and that’s just what we’re doing for the Festival of Fools! Mikaela’s unconventional path to working songwriter began before high school, growing up in Rochester, NY. With plans to join a symphony, she studied harp performance at Crane School of Music, but halfway through, she decided the traditional harpist’s path wasn’t for her.
Following graduation, Mikaela moved to Brooklyn, following in the footsteps of artists who’ve come before her. But in the city, she could never quite find her footing. She kept busy, toured, and recorded an album that would eventually be shelved. Feeling confused and alone, she retreated back to Rochester, unsure of her next move.
Then, the last place Mikaela wanted to be saved her. Rochester’s artistic community embraced her, encouraged by bandmates including Alex Coté and the group Joywave, she hit her stride. Rochester became Mikaela’s sanctuary.
Please welcome her to the Festival of Fools and stop by the Garden Party on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. to hear her play in … a garden.
You can also catch Mikaela Davis with Dan Deacon at the Fools After Party at Club Metronome (Saturday, 9 p.m. Show / 8:30 p.m. Doors. Ticketed).
Street Performers will be up & down the Church Street Marketplace Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11-10 p.m.; & Sunday, 11-6 p.m.
All busking shows are free, but we encourage you to show your support by tipping generously!