Michael Dave was born into a musical environment, growing up in Southern California at the height of the exploding music scene at that time - observing the Stones, Beatles, Hendrix, Doors and innumerable others. He studied music always, both institutionally and as a protegee.
Michael's career began in Hawaii, and his band Imua (one of the first bands on Maui along with Space Patrol and Street Talk) soon became one of the house bands at the famous Blue Max in Lahaina, where they were residents for several years. There, it was not unusual to jam with Boz Scaggs, Dan Hicks, Steven Stills, Henry Kapono, or opening concerts for Mike Love and other visiting artists. He was a regular musician at all the major venues on the island, and part of the newly developing tourist indsutry on Maui.
The major hotels arrived and Michael expanded his musical repetoire to target the specific needs of the burgeoning convention business and catering departments for events and weddings. He became a primary band leader for Tihati Productions, Sharon and Henry Alllen,
Kika Productions of Honolulu, often performing several times in a day in places such as the Hyatt, Westin or Marriott, or the boutique hotels of Manele Bay or The Lodge at Koele. As both a soloist, or in bands of 3 to 10 members he played daily - for small intimate groups to an NFL gathering or a large technology company of two thousand. Michael had a reputation as a reliable musician who brought a wide and flexible songlist to the table, from jazz,rock, blues, country, reggae plus Hawaiian music - performing each style accurately and authentically. During these years Michael also played two 3 month tours, one in Europe and also Australia both as a solo artist and a duo.
in 2000 Michael moved to the east coast with his wife, an art dealer, and began a period of creative work, performing with and writing for the Moving Poets Theater of Dance along with Tom Constantin formerly of the Grateful Dead and world music recording artist David Crow. He also quickly learned enough of the Zulu language to work creatively with an African storyteller and performed in a theater production at the Booth Playhouse, Charlotte, NC, that addressed relevant social issues. During this time he wrote his own Cd "In this life" and further developed his own digital accompaniment as he produced jingles and soundtracks for Emmy Award Winner Kim Brattain at Phase 2 Productions. Michael spent much time in this period traveling and performing in the Carolinas, the east coast, Europe and Costa Rica.
Michael Dave has most recently lived and worked in san Francisco as he made his way back west. His focus in the city was private functions and he held a regular gig at the Lodge at Tiburon, Sweetwater in Mill Valley and the Panama Hotel in San Rafael, where he quickly gathered local support and a strong followingwith his limitless repetoire and easy demeanor.