Lakeland songwriter Michael McArthur celebrates new album this weekend at Polk Theatre

The 'Milky Stars' alight for his first hometown show in three years.

Michael McArthur - c/o Michael McArthur website
c/o Michael McArthur website
Michael McArthur
Fresh off gigs at AmericanaFest in Nashville, Florida songwriter Michael McArthur is back home for a show in Lakeland on Saturday, Sept. 24. The gig is an album release show for McArthur's sophomore album, Milky Stars, which came out last week.

He’ll be a sight for sore eyes at the beautiful Polk Theatre, too, as he hasn’t played a hometown show in almost three years.

Recorded in a 125-year-old house with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon), the album captures a period of life where McArthur saw his grandma die, and also grapple with the idea that we all need to spend more of our time making a positive contribution to this world.

This album definitely goes a long way in making the world a more tolerable place to live.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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