“Smith Uncovered: A Reinterpretation of the Songs of Patti Smith” w/Nineteen Thirteen – THIS WEEKEND!

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“Smith Uncovered” is the latest in Alverno Presents’ series of shows in which local musicians interpret, deconstruct and artfully fiddle with a songwriter’s body of work. 
Alverno Presents impresario David Ravel recruited Betty Blexrud-Strigens of the band Testa Rosa to curate this concert, asking her to pick an American songwriter. Blexrud-Strigens, who took part in the earlier “Beautiful Dreamer” show saluting Stephen Foster, mulled over several possibilities, including Dolly Parton.  (Courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
FULL MJS STORY HERE
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

I am so excited to be joining Mr. Victor DeLorenzo and Ms. Janet Schiff onstage as part of this event.  In the past I’ve sat in with them as a percussionist but woohoo! now I’ll be manning the drum set for some upcoming Nineteen Thirteen shows.  I will do my best to keep up with these two and try not to geek out about the fact that I get to play with one of my long-time drum heros.

Now, if you’ll excuse me,  I have to go practice my bolero….

(commence frantic search of practice room for #VicFirth SD2s)

In the studio with Devil Met Contention

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More intimate details to come but the short story is we gathered together to cut as many tracks as we could on Sunday, October 12 at the fantastic Howl Street Recordings with Milwaukee legend Shane Hochstetler at the helm.  And we are very tired today but also very happy with the marathon tracking session.

 

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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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

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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….

Drummers like to tinker…

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Been tinkering in the music room downstairs during the off season and this monster has emerged.

It’s my Taye Drums gokit rack tom (12″) and the 18″ gokit kick as a woofer for a 24×14 Yamaha 9000 kick. Also a Yamaha 9000 14×10 rack tom as a floor tom.

There are 4 snares in the pic – A Yamaha steve gadd with vintage hoops, a vintage red slingerland, an LP 10″ micro by the hihat and a Taye 14x7maple/walnut hanging out down below.

Cymbals are: SABIAN Prototype 10″ aero splash, 18″ HH thin, 21″ SR2 thin, 19″ AAX Tremor with rattler and the hihats are 15″ Crescent Cymbals

Electronics are a Roland SPD-S with some sweet e-panda headphones (thanks Dominic at Woodshed for pimping #hooligan stuff haha)

I’m using the new vic firth beaters and Steve Jordan sticks (can’t see them)

Oh yeah. and a cowbell. (LP Salsa bell. mmmm chips and salsa)

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.)