Let’s Play Some Shows!

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Well now – this is more like it!

Finally shaking off the dust (and the endless winter) and getting back to playing some drums – sunshine on my cymbals and various festival foods/regional beers in my tummy. I’m not taking my talents to South Beach but I am working with some wonderful new folks, having a lot of fun learning new songs and reconnecting with old ones.

with Mike Mangione & The Union:
MAY 17, 2014 – River Roots Festival – Madison, IN

with Devil Met Contention:
MAY 23, 2014 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
JUNE 7, 2014 – Riverwest Public House – Milwaukee WI
JUNE 14, 2014 – Yield – Milwaukee, WI

with Dave Fitzpatrick Band
JULY 4, 2014 – Summerfest -Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard – Milwaukee WI
JULY 12, 2014 – Bastille Days – Milwaukee, WI
AUGUST 23, 2014 – Sounds of Summer – Whitefish Bay, WI
AUGUST 31, 2014 – Milwaukee Rally @ the Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI

with 1913
Shhhhh- I’ll be a super secret shaker/percolator at some upcoming shows.
You’ll just have to come to all of them to find out!
NineteenThirteen.com

Here’s a hint – one of the shows is on a spooky day in June….

MKE Unplugged with WMSE

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It’s hard to believe that this show was already a month ago!

It was alot of fun playing for the good people of Milwaukee at the UWM Zelazo Center and big thanks to WMSE for broadcasting the show live on the radio. More shows coming soon. (Finally getting a little busy in 2014!)

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

Red-Winged Blackbird Man is out now!

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Finally!

We recorded this awhile back and toured the songs all last year, talked to a few folks and got our team in place and it’s out now. We’ve got a great media team and a great pr team and the rest we’re doing on our own.

Who needs a label these days? 🙂

We’ll be out on the road in September, October and November to promote the new release so stop bye and say hi!

MMTU Fall Dates
Sep 7 2013 Madison-House Concert Madison, WI 8:00pm
Sep 13 2013 REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square Minneapolis, MN 9pm
Sep 14 2013 North Dakota State Fargo, ND 8pm
Sep 20 2013 Precinct Somerville, MA 8pm
Sep 21 2013 Saint Peters Church New Brunswick, NJ 8pm
Sep 27 2013 The Trinity House Livonia, MI 8pm
Sep 28 2013 Modern Formations Gallery Pittsburgh, PA 8pm
Sep 29 2013 IOTA Washington, DC 8pm
Sep 30 2013 St.Ignatius Church Hickory, MD 7pm
Oct 1 2013 The Thought Lot Shippensburg, PA 7pm
Oct 2 2013 Burlap and Bean Philadelphia, PA 8pm
Oct 3 2013 The Living Room New York, NY 9pm
Oct 4 2013 St. Paul Inside the Walls Madison, NJ 8pm
Oct 5 2013 Catholic Underground NY, NY 7pm
Oct 10 2013 Cafe Paradiso Fairfield, IA 8pm
Oct 11 2013 318 Cafe Excelsior, MN 8pm
Oct 12 2013 Eronel Dubuque, IA 9pm
Oct 18 2013 CSPS Cedar Rapids, IA 8pm
Oct 19 2013 Private Party Iowa City, IA 8pm
Oct 24 2013 Old Rock house St Louis, MO 8pm
Oct 25 2013 The New Vintage Louisville, KY 9pm
Oct 26 2013 Molly Malone’s Cincinnati,OH 9pm
Oct 27 2013 The Barking Spider Cleveland, OH 7pm
Nov 1 2013 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI 9pm
Nov 2 2013 Old Town School Of Folk Music Chicago, IL 8:30pm
Nov 23 2013 Windy City House Concert Chicago, IL 8pm

Summerfest!

MMTU at SummerfestOne of the best summer festivals in the whole world just happens to take place in Milwaukee, and we had the pleasure of playing it again recently on the newly named “Johnson Controls World Stage”. Also, sponsored by our pals at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, this stage is a blast to play. I used the provided backline kit (Thanks Cascio Interstate Music!) which was a tangerine sparkle DW Maple/Mahogany kit with 12/16/22 and a 5x 14 snare plus my usual set of Sabian cymbals.

We got a great review of the show that you can read here:
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Big News from MMTU

We are excited to announce the official release of our latest album
“Red-Winged Blackbird Man” due out in stores Sep 3rd 2013!!!

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We set out for 5 days of recording in Iowa City with Grammy nominated producer Bo Ramsey, but the team got along famously and completed the new record in 2.5 beautiful days! “The majority of our experience as a band is playing together live, and we didn’t want the recording process to be any different,” says Mike. “We set the room, took our places, pressed record and came out ahead. I can’t wait for people to share in what happened there”.

For those that have seen the band live since the album’s completion it has been made available at the shows. Sep 3rd marks the official release and moment it will be available to the general public through digital and physical distribution. Spread the word!! Speak of and buy often!!

(Way back during recording of this cd, I took some notes on gear that was used and I’ll rewrite a brief recap soon.)

Daytrotter!

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At the end of our touring cycle last year, we had the opportunity to visit Daytrotter and record a few tracks, including three from our upcoming cd “Red-Winged Blackbird Man”. The Daytrotter experience was amazing and it really felt like a milestone event for our band.

Please visit our little Daytrotter artist page and have a listen for yourself:
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(Oh and for gear heads – I used a Taye 14×7 maple/walnut snare, the house kit which was a C&C Maple/Mahogany kit and some of main touring cymbal set up: 14″ HHX Groove hats, 18 AAX Ozone crash, 21″ Signature ride and 18″ HHX Stage Crash.)