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Saving Summer & Brighton Concert in August

2019 July 28
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by Mike Vial

My summer gig calendar is sparse, but I’m busy here in Dixboro! I’m job hunting for a new teaching position, and I’m chasing my kids around parks, library story times, and museums while my wife works on writing assignments.

I also have been saving weekends to spend time with friends and family during the summer break. During my 11 years of playing music professionally, I’ve often missed family reunions, friends’ hangouts, and concerts because I was always working on the weekends.

This summer, I vowed to open up my weekends for real vacations, ones without guitar cases in the trunk! My college friends and I celebrated 20 years of friendship with a hiking trip to the Rocky Mountains last week. My dad and I also went to see Junior Brown at the Ark.

In August, I have two gigs left this summer–my monthly residency at mash (8/24) and one concert in Brighton (8/17).

Tom from After Blue and I met at 20 Front Theater a few months ago, and he kindly asked me if I’d join their songwriter scramble in August 2019 at the new Brighton Coffeehouse & Theater.

The show, a Nashville style round, is on August 17. No cover at the door! (Acoustic Ash will be dominating the stage, and the rest of us will be sprinting to keep up with her.)


A2SF Tonight: An open letter to Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis warning you about two, little concert attendees!

2019 June 25
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by Mike Vial
An open letter to Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis:
I apologize in advance to Dave & Kristi for the ruckus my two & four year old may cause during their Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Top of the Park performance tonight.
It will be distracting–maybe for bandmates, maybe for attendees, definitely for parents of said children.
I told my kids bands are playing! Ginny replied that she already *knew* this, that she’s bringing her woofer guitar, Frozen microphone, and Melissa & Doug xylophone to the festival. (Her agent booked her, didn’t you know?) Alton, in response to Ginny’s discussion of band practice, has been carrying around his DJ robot that plays baby dubstep songs. These two can’t agree on genres.
I promise to confiscate these items before we pack the car, but contrabrand is going to get through the gate.
In the past, Ginny has assumed she can rush the stage or be a roadie, like when I played last year. We are prepared for this; we are bringing extra security (Nana). However, if there are bubbles at the Kidzone tent, Alton will ecstatically lose his mind again, turning A2SF into a toddler rave. It’s the bubbles that cause concern, where security might lose control of the situation.
Dave, I plan to see you around 5, but it takes 45 minutes to get two children in their car seats. We may arrive fashionable late. Also, I request your song “Dixboro,” if requests are encouraged. Anything Ginny requests (Disney songs) is best ignored.


Being Married to a Writer & Mother’s Day

2019 May 12
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by Mike Vial
Being married to a writer means she will find a way to be paid for a story that tells her husband gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Being married to a writer is great!
Happy Mother’s Day, Natalie!
(And Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there, including my mom, who will most likely see this post before anyone else. Have a great dinner at Fenton Hotel!)

Read Natalie Burg’s article on Forbes: “Truly Thoughtful Mother’s Day Ideas“:



20 Front Street this Thursday

2019 May 11
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by Mike Vial

As many already know, I’ve been teaching for two years during a stressful time at FPS: In June, Harrison High School will close, and my district will shift from three high schools to two. I’ll find out my future in the district by Wednesday this week.

When I booked this gig at 20 Front Street back in January, I knew these circumstances. I figured I might need an emotional pick me up, and why not play the best listening room north of Detroit?

Whatever happens this week, I’m happy about the balance I’ve achieved these two years–family, music, and teaching. This is my 10th year working in public schools; I’ll be celebrating that milestone under a gorgeous chandelier above that Lake Orion stage.

I hope you Oakland county friends can join us May 16. Tickets are $10.

Thanks, Mike Gentry, Barelyon and Steve Taylor for letting me strum my beat up Taylor guitar with you.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

20 Front Street
Songwriter Showcase Series
Lake Orion, MI 48362
(248) 783-7105
$10 Tickets: buy here or at the door
featuring host Steve Taylor, Mike Gentry, and Barelyon

FB event: Songwriter Showcase

Watch Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi

2019 April 1
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by Mike Vial

Update: here’s the live stream from the studio this afternoon:

Original post: Mike Vial is on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi today at noon, broadcasted from MusicTown Detroit.

A weekly interview and live performance showcase where veteran broadcaster and music fan Pam Rossi interviews Detroit area music legends, tastemakers, and those in the making.

On Monday, April 1, catch Mike Vial streaming live on Facebook Live and on MusicTown HD radio 104.3-3. See previous episodes on Facebook and the MusicTown Detroit YouTube channel.

Streaming live on Facebook at noon here:

Or here: