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A2 Summer Fest Video & Setlist

2017 June 23
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by Mike Vial

Natalie somehow pulled it off and brought both tots to my Ann Arbor Summer Fest set. Alton slept through the entire show; Ginny ran around the entire top of the park. We are exhausted! Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Welcome the newest member of the family band!

2017 June 13
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by Mike Vial

Welcome the newest member of the family band!

Alton Maerle Burg Vial arrived June 9th. 6 pounds, 14 oz.

 

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Still waiting!

2017 June 3
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by Mike Vial

My last gig before Ginny's birth was at @mashannarbor, too. 🙂

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The best brewery in Ann Arbor

2017 May 30
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by Mike Vial

As Ann Arbor’s competitive beer industry expands to 11 breweries, I want to share why mash/Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery is my favorite in town.

One, I really like their porter.

But the larger reason they stand out is because of how well they have treated me as a hired musician for the last four years.

Once, after a sudden snow storm hit Ann Arbor, they decided to close their two locations early, so their staff could get home safely.

I pulled up to the bar right when they made the decision. They paid me even though they had to cancel.

A manager handed me a check and said, “Leave your gear in the car and go home before the roads are treacherous!”

I’ve played at 370 different locations across the country over the last 10 years. This type of fairness in the bar industry is extremely rare.

I’m reminded of this rarity since a different bar just cancelled the summer gigs they booked with me back in February.

They contacted me; I agreed and held the dates. Now, I won’t be able to fill those holes in my summer gig schedule.

But I’ll get creative after my paternity leave; and I’ve learned to budget for 5-10 cancellations for every 100 gigs.

However, this isn’t an easy business. That’s why I feel a kinship with you other musicians handling the ups and downs of gigging, and staying at it.

This is also why I often request we stop by mash on a rare night off.

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Setlist: May 28, 2017 – Old Town Tavern

2017 May 29
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by Mike Vial

Last night was a fitting gig for me to sing “Danny’s Song.” Nat and I are having a baby boy in June! (Update: Also fitting for the lyric David Stanley points out: “Even though we ain’t got money.”)