Well, the Appleumpkin Festival in Tecumseh has come and gone. I got to play three different stages throughout the town and got to meet and talk to some very cool people. The young people there were particularly inspiring. Follow your dreams, kids! Sometimes it felt as if my whole show was going off the rails with all the running commentaries and mid-song shout outs to kids making great catches on the lawn and the cool kids showing up on their sweet bicycles… I at one point though that I was in a parallel universe where I had chosen to be an unfunny comedian as a career path… Thank you to Michael Snyder-Barker for putting the musical schedule together, Jonathan Gardner for running the Shuttle stage, and Dave Solo and Michael Snyder-Barker for being part of the opening trio that was so much fun! I still can’t believe that helicopter rides were only $35!
Here’s a video from The Saline Post from the August 4th Saline Summer Music Series. It’s a chill version of “The Way It Goes” and it features some cute kids running around at the end. Lots of fun.
Well, that was cool! Black Fire Winery is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to play. It’s a great night out. The audiences are fantastic, the wine is spectacular, and the owner, Michael Wells is the best! I had the pleasure of opening for Ira McDonald’s Blue Line band which featured Steve Cherne on bass, Michael Snyder-Barker on percussion and Fred on harmonica. Ira sings, plays guitar and writes some great tunes. They worked through their crowd pleasing set and then invited Ted Montei on up to play a few with them. Ted was awesome. The band then asked me to come up and do a few more songs with them. I loved it! I may have gotten a bit fired up and took the songs out a little bit… Super-charged, adrenaline-fueled fun. I might add that my opening set featured special-guest and life-long friend, Bill Belote, on the upright bass as we absolutely destroyed my set closing “Just Like a Dog”. Thanks, Bill! It was just like old times. I’m going to be playing there again on August 27th and September 30th. Both shows start at 6.
Here’s a link to some video from the show…
Well, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go… The Moose Lodge was an unknown to me. What was it? What did they do? Was a secret handshake required for me to get in? Would they allow non-member guests? All my questions were answered. The Moose Lodge is an awesome group of civic-minded individuals who are dedicated to helping children and the elderly through charitable donations. They were so welcoming and receptive. No secret handshake! Truly a treat. It turns out that guests are welcome, but they do have to ring a buzzer at the door to be let in. I was accompanied by Peter Smith on guitar for several songs. Peter is a good friend and I really like playing with him. He surprised me by making up a t-shirt with an iron-on of me on it! Pretty awesome, actually. Thank you to everyone who came out to this show. I’ll be back there September 3rd and November 5th.
Hey, friends. A great show coming up this weekend in Ypsilanti at Lampshade! I will be opening for Riley Pinkerton and Ian Fitzgerald. The show starts at 6pm and there is a $5 suggested donation. It will be filled with great music and surprises!
Here’s a fantastic poster done by by a brilliant local artist, Stephanie Oz.