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December and the New Year

December 4th, 2010
Lotsa good stuff currently happening, and on the horizon…I’ve been having an inordinate amount of pleasure playing multiple instruments with the 5-piece band MiZ as we continue to grow and expand our setlist, which now includes a few of my songs, with a few more in the works. On top of that, Bill Stetz has signed on as permanent bassist. Here are some great shots (thanks to Grasp the Moment Photography; thanks Brian!) of our recent set at the Sherman Theater opening for Railroad Earth, some of the nicest guys in the business with some awesome fans as well! We had a great time, you can hear a great audience tape of the show below, thanks to taper Jack Riley…

I’ll be doing my last show at Ludwigs Oyster Bar & Grill on Saturday, December 4th as they’ve gone the corporate route and done away with live music in the new year. This is one of the few reasons I miss living in the south, where the value of quality live music is paramount in social gatherings, adding some character and uniqueness to a great many types of events.  The Arts will never, ever be summed up by it’s monetary value, and an image will never be brighter when it’s white-washed, and it’s so sad to see people still trying to do that…Ludwigs hired a ‘cleaner’ to evaluate all it’s locations to make run more efficiently, and the first thing to go was the entertainment not because it wasn’t making money for them but to cut monthly cost over-head expenses…I loved playing there, I wish the kind folks there all the luck and who knows, they may change their mind…in any event, a great small venue with above-average food and a warm atmosphere…

the trio of Andy Tolins, Bill Stetz and myself return to the Elk Creek Cafe for a one-of-a-kind show on Saturday, December 11th.
I will be starting a new monthly ‘3rd Thursday’ residency at the Stonersville Hotel outside Reading, PA starting December 16th at 8PM; There’s no cover and some great food specials.
I’m so glad to be returning to Karyn and the gang, my only local regular gig that has been very good to me over the years…check out a recording of my performance there in 2006 that was downloaded a remarkable 54, 451 times!

I’ll also be doing a special acoustic gig with percussionist Matt Cullen at Mike’s Tavern (located near the ball field in Reading, PA) on Saturday, December 18th at 8PM.
The duo of Mike Miz and Kris Kehr will make it’s Baltimore/DC area debut at Clydes’ of Columbia, located right next to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, December 23rd, 10 to 1. Besides all the 5-piece band gigs on the schedule, the duo will also be making stops in Binghamton and elsewhere in the new year, check it out below..
Garcia Grass will doing a series of shows starting towards the end of January/early February, check out those dates below…
also, don’t forget to check in at Black Mountain Underground for all your free rare live music blog needs…right now I’m working on a series of Bill Monroe collections, thanks in part to the Bill Monroe archives project and the Bluegrass Revival project, which are just phenomenal resources. Right now a mixed artist show is up, number 10, which also includes a performance with myself, my wife Julie and most of the guys from Railroad Earth at a private party in 2006.
04 – Saturday – solo @ Ludwig’s Oyster Bar & Grille/Glenmore, PA – 8PM
05 – Sunday – acoustic @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
08 – Wednesday – MiZ @ the Blockley/Phila., PA (benefit)
10 – Friday – MiZ @ Desaki/Swiftwater, PA
11 – Saturday – Tolins, Stetz & Kehr Trio @ Elk Creek Cafe/Milheim, PA 8PM
12 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
16 – Thursday – solo @ Stonersville Hotel 8PM
17 – Friday – MiZ Trio @ Backyard Alehouse/Scranton, PA
18 – Saturday – w Matt Cullen @ Mike’s Tavern/Reading, PA 8PM
19 – Sunday – acoustic @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
23 – Thursday – w Mike Miz @ Clydes/Columbia, MD 10PM
26 – Sunday – NO ZENOS
02 – Sunday - NO ZENOS
06 – Thursday – duo w Mike Miz @ Tranquil/Binghamton, NY
07 – Friday – MiZ @ Desaki/Swiftwater, PA
08 – Saturday – MiZ @ Steel City/Phoenixville, PA
09 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
14 – Friday – duo w Mike Miz @ Manley’s/Johnson City, NY 10PM
15 – Saturday – MiZ @ Kimball’s/Williamsport, PA 10PM
16 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
20 – Thursday – solo @ Stonersville Hotel/Reading, PA  8PM
23 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
29 – Saturday – Garcia Grass @ Winterfest/Stroudsburg, PA 7PM
29 – Saturday – Garcia Grass @ River Street Jazz Cafe/Plains, PA 10PM
30 – Sunday – acoustic @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
04 – Friday – Garcia Grass @ the Burning Barrel/Ansonia, PA
05 – Saturday – Garcia Grass @ Wellsville Creative Arts Ctr/Wellsville, NY
06 – Sunday – Garcia Grass @ Elk Creek Cafe/Milheim, PA
06 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
13 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
17 – Thursday – solo @ Stonersville Hotel 8PM
18 – Friday – MiZ @ River Street Jazz Cafe/Plains, PA 10PM
19 – Saturday – MiZ @ Snowball/York, PA
20 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM
25 – Friday – MiZ @ VFW local 269 – tba
26 – Saturday – MiZ @ Tin Angel/Philly  11PM
27 – Sunday – solo @ Zeno’s/State College, PA – 9 PM

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