We are still having some warm days in the 70’s and even up to 80 but, by and large, things are cooling here as we head into fall. Fall is my favorite season!
WHAT’S BEEN GOING DOWN AND WHAT’S COMING UP.
Northern Express Magazine just did a very nice article on me. I’m a lucky guy to get this kind of attention. It was even dated 9/11/15 which, is our wedding anniversary. Read the Northern Express article.
This past summer has been terrific for both Margi and I. It is beyond words to say how good it feels to be back in my hometown of Ludington where I grew up, went to school and worked. We know so very many people here, it feels like extended family and we feel well supported in all our endeavors. Margi and I are extremely grateful for the opportunities live here for 8 months and to escape the cold of a hard winter to Florida.
We have been very busy this year working on our apartment in the upstairs of the 2-unit house we bought a couple of years ago. We’re a couple of DIY types from way back. The kitchen is torn up presently and we’ve been eating out a lot because of that. We’ll both be glad to see that project come to an end. Then, another will begin. Ahh, home ownership.
On the business end, I’ve gotten into a couple of new venues over the summer, Left Foot Charley Winery Traverse City and, Moratz Bakery & Pub, New Era. I will be returning to both of them.
CHECK MY SCHEDULE: This link will take you right to the schedule on my web site. I’m still performing in Michigan but, I will begin booking my winter season in Florida, very soon. As a matter of fact, I just confirmed that I will be playing every Thursday, Jan-Apr. at the Waterside Grill in Placida, FLbeginning on Jan. 14. I’ll keep you posted at winter nears and we start thinking about clearing out of the north country.
SLIGHTLY PLUGGED, STORIES INTO SONG: A songwriters evening at L.A.C.A. – Right off the bat, I want to bring to your attention a very cool performance opportunity that has come my way. I am very excited about this show! Mark your calendar for October 02, 2015 for the “Slightly Plugged, Stories into Song” songwriter’s show at Ludington Area Center for the Arts or, L.A.C.A., for short. (This link takes you to the FaceBook Event page.)
Yours Truly will be hosting this event that features some of Michigan’s very best singer/songwriters to include Jen Sygit, Drew Nelson and Ralston Bowles. If you are not already familiar with these great talents please, take a few minutes to explore their web sites or, get a short synopsis on the FaceBook Event page.
I will be joining these 3 great talents with my own songs as the 4 of us present to you, our original songs and their back-stories. Each of us, in turn, Nashville style, like they do at the Bluebird Café’ will introduce and perform a song and then, it moves to the next performer. You will not want to miss this very special event at L.A.C.A.
Thanks goes to Corinn Van Wyk, Director of L.A.C.A. for agreeing to my idea and jumping in with both feet, helping to make this night a reality. Again, that’s October, 02.
EVEN BEFORE THAT, THOUGH:
I’m doing a couple of really cool festivals. This Saturday, Sept. 19, I will be performing at Hops & Props, craft beer and boat festival in Manistee, MI. The annual Craft Beer and Classic Boat show that features the best of Michigan’s Craft Beer and Classic Boats as well as new boats. Taste your way through over 100 beers from 30 Michigan Breweries, an assortment of Classic Century Boats, as well as new boats to get you out on the water while listening to great local music from Fremont John, John Merchant and the Ben Daniels Band. My set starts at 2:00 pm and will run a little over an hour.
Flat Lander’s, Grand Rapids then, Shagway Arts Barn, Ludington: The following weekend Sept. 25 & 26, both Friday and Saturday, I will be back at Flat Landers in Grand Rapids. I’ll drive home Sunday, Sept. 27, to play an early, 1:00 pm show at Shagway Arts Barn Later, I will perform at COVE United MusicFest
COVE United MusicFest: (Link goes to FaceBook Event page)
This is a great show for a most worthy cause. Please come out and show your support. COVE stands for Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters or, in other words, they provide the women’s shelter and fight domestic violence. Some great local acts will be playing to make this a fun day. They are: Emma & Mallory, Chad Rushing, John Merchant, Chloe Kimes and Fremont John
AND, OF COURSE, THE MITTEN BAR CONTINUES EVERY WEDNESDAY.
Next week, Sept. 23, is Greg Miller
And then, on Sept. 30 is Pat Zelenka
A BIG THANKS TO ALL MY SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIANS THIS SUMMER:
John Merchant, Ludington
Jason Hargreaves, Ludington
Alicia Marie Venchuk, Ludington
Chad Rushing, Ludington
Rick Hicks, Muskegon
Stephen Plummer, Ludington
Pat Zelenka, Lansing
Bud Summers, St. Louis
Tomas Esparza, Grand Rapids
Dave Rucks, Muskegon
Tommy Foster, Lansing
Greg Miller, Fremont
Extra special guest on percussion: Michael Carden, Sarasota
Get smitten with The Mitten and come for some on Wednesday nights.
Thanks for reading all the way through to this point. You’re eyes are probably burning by now so, I’ll let you go. Hope you have a terrific fall season.
Yours in Music,