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Fall/Winter 2018 gig update

2018 September 7
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by Mike Vial

Now that I’ve finished my summer tour and started another semester teaching, I’m taking a break from gigging, except for my monthly residency at mash in Ann Arbor. I’m enjoying my weekends with family and songwriting during my break. See you soon, or at mash!

Gigs at mash: 6-9 PM, 21+
211 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sat, 29 Sept
Sat, 6 Oct
Sat, 27 Oct
Sat, 3 Nov
Fri, 23 Nov
Sat, 1 Dec
Sat, 15 Dec


Arts, Beats, and Eats today

2018 September 2
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by Mike Vial

Last summer gig with Mike Gentry Music is today, before I have to replace a guitar strap with a tie around my neck.

Gentry and I are sharing a set at Arts, Beats & Eats today, Sunday: 1 PM. OCC Acoustic Stage off of Washington, next to Royal Oak Taphouse.
Arts, Beats and Eats – Sunday 9/2


Setlist: June 30, 2018 – House Concert

2018 July 1
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by Mike Vial

June 30, 2018 – Harris Family House Concert, Holly, MI
(Studio versions of songs linked)

Set 1:

  1. A World That’s Bigger
  2. I Just Want to Be Your Last
  3. Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)
  4. One Way Road
  5. Kalamazoo
  6. Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)
  7. Burning Bright
  8. Only the Rain Knows Why

Set 2:

  1. Damn Fine Day
  2. Only God Knows Why (Beach Boys)
  3. Little Drum
  4. Two Angels (June 22, 1996 – Ann Arbor)*
  5. Change the World (Eric Clapton/Tommy Simms)
  6. Made a Mess

*an unreleased song, but a demo is linked. I’m working on a new record of songs about historic moments of individual heroism, tentatively called Profiles in Courage.


107.1 FM Radio Interview & Holly House Concert

2018 June 30
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by Mike Vial

Summer got hot here in Michigan! I’m not complaining. Last night’s gig outside at mash was great people and doggie watching. Plus,  the outdoor crowd on the patio were tipping!

Next gig: I’m playing a house concert tonight in Holly, MI! 7 PM. Message us for info:

Also, Mike Gentry and I will be playing live on 107.1 FM on Sunday, July 8th at 6 PM on Matthew Altruda’s Tree Town Sound show to discuss Gentry’s new record, the tour, and Ark show. Tune in:


Are you afraid of the dark, too?

2018 June 13
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by Mike Vial
Like how America faces its guilt for the Japanese internment camps during WWII, future generations will look back at how we treated migrant families seeking asylum, with confusion, shame.
Our own children will grow up to be adults that read and discuss these current events. They will read how our country took children, toddlers, babies away from breastfeeding mothers and crying fathers, families seeking asylum from horrible conditions.
10, 20, 30 years from now, people my age are going to be asked by our own children about this moment in history.
The younger generations aren’t going to accept the current illogical excuses and arguments. In the future, this won’t be political, just amoral…The future generations will immediately see this for what it is, wrong–just like how we see the past political choices of the internment camps.
Sadly, we’ve learned nothing about fear, even if we have nothing to fear, but fear itself…
So we need to speak out against this treatment of asylum seekers, everyday, until it ends.
Today, my three-year-old, Ginny, tripped playing outside, and my one-year-old, Al, had difficult sleeping because he’s teething. I was able to hold them, comfort them.
Tonight, someone in a caged-fenced area is distraught over their child’s whereabouts; and their innocent child is facing the worst fear imaginable:
Are you afraid of the dark, too? That darkness is our country’s soul.