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.

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).


New Year, new gear, new music, new shows – YES!

2012 is here and I’m already behind but I wanted to jot down a quick note about what’s coming up this year –

New gear – as usual I’ve acquired a few new cymbals over the past year thanks to my pal Bob Rupp  at Sabian and I’ll be working those into the live rotation this year.  Some HHX, AAX, OMNI and prototypes that are all pretty cool.

Music! The new Mike Mangione release rounded out nicely in mixing at the end of last year and went off to be mastered in December. We haven’t decided on a release date yet but new songs are creeping into the live set and people seem to really like them.  Also, working on both the new Sulek and Justin  Heron releases (even playing some bass!) and those should come out some time this year.

Shows – lots of upcoming shows with Mike Mangione and The Union as well as some shows here and there with my pals in Sulek and Justin Heron.

MMTU dates can be found here: http://mikemangione.com/tour and I’ll try to keep updates on the others as they arise.

Speaking of new and live – here’s Mike Mangione & The Union live on WGN America (and local Chicago channel 9) previewing a song called Burn in My Belly.  Enjoy!

Mike Mangione and The Union in the WGN TV Midday Music Lounge





Cymbal fever!

Tracked multiple takes of four songs yesterday and they may all be keepers!

So far I’ve used the following sets:

14″ HHX groove hats
20″ HH French (Crash/Ride)
21″ Hammer with 3 rivets (Bosphorus)
18″ AAX Ozone
18″ HHX Stage Crash


14″ Mastersound hats
20″ HH French (Crash/Ride)
21″ signature Andre Ceccerelli ride
13″ AA Thin Crash
17″ Vault Crash

I also did a little Mastersound top (nice and thin) with the groove hat bottom (a little heavier) which worked really well.

Snare wise I’ve used the Ludwig twins (supra and black beauty) and also the Spaun 5.5 x 14 wood hoops with the snares off.

Drums have all been my Taye kit, rack and 14″ tuned up tight and the 16 and 22 tuned low and fat.

Can’t wait to get over there today for more tracking, these sessions are off to a great start!

(ooh and just got back to the studio and realized that I used this set up last:

14″ Mastersound top Groove bottom
20″ HH French (Crash/Ride)
21″ signature Andre Ceccerelli ride
18″ HHX Stage crash
17″ Vault Crash )

Thanks to @ThinkDrums and @PercUpLive for the RTs

I did a little tweeting today from the Cascio Interstate Music clinic featuring Todd Sucherman (Styx, Brian Wilson), Hannah Ford (Bellevue Suite) and Pearl Drums Corps’ Raymond Massey. Think Drums and Perc Up Live picked up on it and were kind enough to share it with all of their followers and I hope everyone enjoyed the snippets and pics.

AND as promised, here’s a video snippet of Todd doing a seriously cool reinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.” I hope you like it!

Big Thanks to WGN TV!

Full view of the WGN studio

WOW! It was so much fun playing on WGN TV and the folks there were amazing. Growing up in the Chicago area, WGN was THE TVchannel – Bozo, Ray Reiner, Frazier Thomas classics on the weekend, Lester Fisher from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Man, it was just great to walk through the studio and watch them do the news and then get a chance to play them in and out of the breaks. Plus a full song at the end of the hour which you can see here:

Mike Mangione & The Union: “Offering” on WGN TV

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!)

NAMM Show!

NAMM show 2011

I am extremely excited to be going to the 2011 NAMM show this coming year in Anaheim. I am probably going to be completely overwhelmed by all the gear and meeting/catching up with all my drumigos (drummer pals) from around the country but I am going to try and post things as they happen. Lots of pics and short posts and then maybe a few bigger recaps.

Thanks so much to my friends at Taye drums and Sabian cymbals for their help in making this trip possible.

(only 29 days until the show woo hoo!)