Looking Back on 2013


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

Well, Hello 2013!

Breaks are nice, aren’t they?

We ended 2012 with some great shows, including a nice arctic adventure with our pals in Field Report up in dreamy Minnesota, we rode out (part of) the winter and now we’re headed to balmy Toronto for the Folk Alliance International conference/festival.

I’ll be packing lots of warm socks and long undies and getting ready for that trek to the Great White North. And, I’ll possibly be rolling out some new gear this year. Canada get’s to see it first but I promise that you’ll see it all over America as well if it works out the way I hope it will. (if not, I’m sure embarrassing Youtube videos will have to be destroyed haha)

So, here’s some upcoming dates with MMTU:

Feb 21 2013 Folk Alliance International – The Monarchs Pub Toronto, ON (Canada) 11:45PM
Feb 21 2013 Folk Alliance International – Access Films Showcase – Room #1059 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:10AM (technically Feb 22)
Feb 21 2013 Folk Alliance International- Philadelphia Love Showcase – Room #1066 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:30AM (technically Feb 22)
Feb 22 2013 Folk Alliance International- OFFICIAL SHOWCASE – Rossetti Room Toronto, ON (Canada) 8:15PM
Feb 22 2013 Folk Alliance International – LilFest Showcase – Room #1275 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:45AM (technically Feb 23)
Feb 23 2013 Folk Alliance International- Arrival Records, Poltz & Pressman Presents – Room #1260 Toronto, ON (Canada) 11:00PM
Feb 23 2013 Folk Alliance International – Access Films Showcase – Room #1059 Toronto, ON (Canada) 1:10 AM (technically Feb 24)
Mar 1 2013 Fitzgeralds Berwyn, IL 8pm
Mar 8 2013 Café Paradiso Fairfield, IA 8pm
Mar 9 2013 CSPS Cedar Rapids, IA
Mar 28 2013 Nines at the River Club of Mequon Mequon, WI
Mar 29 2013 House Concert – email MangioneMusic@Gmail.com for details Madison, WI 8pm
Apr 6 2013 The Tonic Room Chicago, IL 8
Apr 11 2013 Canal Street Tavern Dayton, OH
Apr 12 2013 Velvet Lounge Washington DC
Apr 13 2013 The Thought Lot Shippensburg PA
Apr 14 2013 @ TBA New York City, NY
May 4 2013 Cup O Joy Green Bay, WI
May 10 2013 Trinity House Theatre Benefit Show Livonia, MI


I lent out my drums to my pal Patrick Hoctor, did a little engineering and also tracked some one handed kick drum for his new Sulek CD “Unbound At Last”.

Sulek is Patrick Hoctor, Ruthie Hoctor and Chris Winberg.

Check it out here: http://www.sulekmusic.com


justin heron epAfter much tracking and re-tracking and mixing and more mixing the Justin Heron ep is done and out as well. I played drums on this and I think it sounds pretty good. Justin records and mixes it old school and it shows (in the best of ways.)
Check it out here:
The Justin Heron ep




OK 2013 – let’s get it on!