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[Setlist] Dec 2, 2017: Christmas with a Twist at Cleary University

2017 December 3
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by Mike Vial

[Setlist] Dec 2, 2017: Christmas with a Twist
at Cleary University, Howell, MI.

Hosted by 2 Stones Events

Other Performing Artists:
Trey Conner:Listen here
Alison Albrecht Listen here
Julie Haven – Listen here

    1. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” – Mike Vial
    2. “A World That’s Bigger” – Mike Vial
    3. “All I Want for Christmas” – Alison Albrecht
    4.  “Soldier” – Alison Albrecht
    5. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Trey Conner
    6. “Untitled” – Trey Conner
    7. Blue Christmas – Julie Haven
    8. Love & War – Julie Haven
    9. “I Just Want to Be Your Last” – Mike Vial
    10. “Winter Wonderland” – Mike Vial
    11. “Mary Did You Know” – Alison Albrecht
    12. “Not Alone” – Alison Albrecht
    13. “Little Drummer Boy” – Trey Conner
    14. “My Ghosts” – Trey Conner
    15. “Carol of the Bells”  – Julie Haven
    16. “Between the Lines” – Julie Haven
    17. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings” – finale




When the Silver Maple Drops Its Leaves

2017 November 12
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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.

Sick today: No Stout Irish Pub gig

2017 November 3
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by Mike Vial

I’m sick today, and not playing at Stout Irish Pub. They will have music, though! I’ll be cuddling with my dog Lois and drinking tea, instead. I hope everyone is healthy and above average. Until the next gig. – MV

Giglife Diaries: MSU vs. U of M Game Day

2017 October 8
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by Mike Vial

#giglife diaries: A scene at a bar in Ann Arbor.

[I finish singing a song that I like. Drunk dude in football jersey walks up.]

Drunk dude in football jersey: Can you play something *stronger*?

Me: Probably not.

DDiFJ: Like “Piano Man”?

Me: I know [name five other Billy Joel songs].

DDiFJ: Ok, don’t play any Billy Joel, how about some Dave Matthews?

Me: Oh, OK.

DDiFJ: Great, here’s $10. PLAY IT!

[I start playing “Ants Marching.” Another table boos. I just play three of my own songs after this.]

* * * * * *

Reading comprehension test for class tomorrow:

Which theme best describes the above passage:
A. A musician should never play a gig during MSU/U of M game day.
B. Dave Matthews Band is a superior songwriter than Billy Joel.
C. Live musicians are jukeboxes.
D. $10 is worth this interaction.
E. Hearing someone play “Piano Man” on the acoustic guitar is distressing.

New Job & a Few Gig Cancellations

2017 September 20
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by Mike Vial

News over here on the Vial Burg front: I was hired to teach English/Language Arts at a public school this year! A teacher resigned suddenly at the start of the term, and I was hired this week!

It’s going to be a bit of an adjustment, so I’ve had to condense down my gig calendar.

I won’t be at the Raven this Saturday, September 23, but the fabulous Michelle Held is covering that Port Huron gig! I’ll be using that time to do some lesson planning and catch up with my kids after my first week teaching.

Other local gigs are still on, like the Trinity House and Black Fire Winery next weekend. More updates coming soon.