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When the Silver Maple Drops Its Leaves

2017 November 12
by Mike Vial

The silver maple in our back yard has finally dropped its leaves, which means winter is coming to Michigan.

I’m happy to be able to take some time off the road now that I’m teaching Language Arts again at a high school.

No more driving to Chicago during the worst snow storm for a gig, to find the locals cancel and I’m the only one performing! No more getting stuck in a $50 motel because the roads are frozen at 2 AM as I drive home from a late gig! Nope, if anything, I might enjoy a snow day or two.

However, I’ll still be playing locally all winter: 
My residency at mash (Blue Tractor Brewery’s basement bar) continues, five  years strong in Ann Arbor! I just announced my January and February dates. Also, I’ll be at Brighton Bar and Grill in February, during a school break.

I have some fun original music shows, too: 

  • December 2: 2 Stone Events Christmas Show at Cleary’s University
  • January 3:  Annie Capp’s On the Tracks Series in Chelsea
  • February 17: Flint Folk Society concert

Summer Tour 2018 with Mike Gentry

Mike Gentry and I are planning a summer tour, and I’m excited to have four dates already confirmed across four states. I’ll have more to announce with this. Mike Gentry is deep into finishing his first solo project, and the tour will be celebrating its release.

I also may have some new music to share soon, either a new single or EP out in 2018. I have a lot of songs in the back catalogue, but I’m not sure a full record is thematically emerging. I’m still working on a collection of songs called Profiles in Courage, which might be the next recorded project.

Solid Sounds Recording Studio in Ann Arbor is my new neighbor, so I’m excited to do some track there during a school break.

Anyways, I need to get back to commenting back on my students’ writing. See you at a gig.


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