Goodbye to Summer!

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Well, it’s been a great Summer for playing shows (weird weather not withstanding) but September in Wisconsin basically means it’s time to start booking shows indoors.

It also means it’s time to do some recording!  I can’t wait to line up some studio time and test out all of the cool new gear I’ve been working with this year.  Especially Crescent Cymbals and Aquarian Drumheads, both of which have been more and more impressive every time I’ve used them.   (Thanks Chris Brady and Michael Vosbein!)

Here’s a link to a little flyover from my most recent show with The Dave Fitzpatrick Band – it’s a quick shot of what I’m using and loving right now: LLRLRR on Instagram

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Looking Back on 2013

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I was updating the Video of the Week page and Discography page recently and realized I had a pretty busy year. Lots of shows with MMTU, a few with Sulek and another great ILC show at COLDWAVES II this year. Also got to sit in with my pals Zach Steinback, Michael McDermott* and 1913 playing a little cajon and percussion. And I had five different projects release this year! It’s crazy how fast this year went by and I think I’m going to do a 12 Days of Christmas type review of my top 12 favorite shows of the year.

In the meantime, Let’s plug some product- they make great stocking stuffers!
Mike Mangione and The Union: Red-winged Blackbird Man (CD 2013)
ILC: Body Snatchers (CD 2013)
Rally and Sustain: The Cracknation Documentary (DVD, 2013)
Rally and Sustain: Cracklogues and Tour Logs (book, 2013)
Justin Heron: The Justin Heron EP (digital, 2013)

*maybe? haha

On the Road Again…

Lots of shows coming up with both Mike Mangione and the Union and with Justin Heron from now until the end of the year.

Here’s a list of what’s happening starting this week.

2012 TOUR DATES
Oct 2 2012 NBC Milwaukee-The Morning Blend Milwaukee, WI 9:00AM
Oct 3 2012 WUWM @ Nite with Bruce Winter Milwaukee, WI 8:00PM
Oct 4 2012 WGN Radio with Brain Noonan Chicago, IL 9:00P
Oct 5 2012 Fitzgeralds Pub Berwyn, IL 8:00 PM
Oct 6 2012 Linnemans Riverwest Milwaukee, WI 9:00 PM
Oct 12 2012 St Norbert Fall Fest De pere, WI 6:00 PM
Oct 13 2012 FARM Folk Alliance Official Showcase Saint Louis, MO TBA PM
Oct 13 2012 FARM Folk Alliance Pump House Concerts Gorilla Showcase Saint Louis, MO 12AM
Oct 13 2012 FARM Folk Alliance QUENCH Showcase room 266 Saint Louis, MO 1:45am PM
Oct 25 2012 The Mill link to venue Iowa City, IA 9:00P
Oct 26 2012 The Aster Cafe Minneapolis, MN 9:00P
Oct 27 2012 Fill These Hearts- with Christopher West link to venue Minneapolis, MN 7:00P
Oct 28 2012 Beaners Coffeehouse Duluth, MN 7:00P
Oct 30 2012 The Frequency Madison, WI 8:00P
Nov 1 2012 Private Performance Harrisburg, PA N/A
Nov 3 2012 The Public House, Milwaukee, WI
Nov 9 2012 Sharon Lynn Wilson Center For The Arts Brookfield, WI 8:00P
Nov 10 2012 Cup O Joy link to venue Green Bay, WI 7:00P
Nov 14 2012 http://www.dittytv.com Livestream Watch us LIVE at 12pm CST Memphis, TN 12:00P CST
Nov 14 2012 The Fleming Center Nashville, TN 8:00P
Nov 15 2012 Uncle Slayton’s Louisville, KY 8:00P
Nov 16 2012 Molly Malones-3rd Floor Newport, KY 9:00P
Nov 17 2012 Fill These Hearts- With Chrsitopher West Sylvania, OH 7:00P
Nov 27 2012 IOTA Arlington,VA 8:00P
Nov 28 2012 Temple University- Newman Center Philadelphia, PA 8:00P
Nov 29 2012 The Living Room New York, NY 9:00P
Dec 1 2012 Trinity House Livonia, MI 8:00P
Dec 7 2012 The Aster Cafe Minneapolis, MN 9:00P
Dec 8 2012 Oak Center General Store Lake city, MN 8:00P

All Dates are MMTU except for Oct 6 (playing with both Mike and Justin that night) and Nov 3 (with Justin).

FUN!!!!!

Two years!

I just hit my second anniversary using wordpress and I figured it was time to do a little redesign. I’m using a new template and I’ll probably be changing up some of the images in the next few days. Feel free to let me know what you think about the new look.

Back from NAMM 2011

WOW. I had a blast. Got to hang out with some old friends and made some new ones too. For some reason, I spent a lot of time looking at stuf but not really taking many pics. I did upload a few to my flickr site (you can see the pics in the sidebar) and I uploaded a great set of videos from Stanton Moore demoing his new LP pandeiro and a “steam powered” drumset from Trick. Those are up at my YouTube site. Take a look and let me know what you think!

(Oh yeah, and I got to meet one of my favorite drummers of all time, Abe Laboriel Jr. He was the coolest guy and totally worth waiting in line to talk to!)

Back From a Little Break

Mike Mangione & The Union at Lincoln Hall

Didn’t have a lot going on in June and July but we did get a Chicago show in. Thanks to WXRT for previewing a track from “Offering” and highlighting the show, and to our pals in the Chicago Roots Collective for putting the bill together and setting up backline for the bands to share.

Video for two songs is available on my YouTube site: http://youtube.com/LLRLRR.