Upcoming Gigs

Playing MBTBTR Shelby in 2015Happy New Year, folks, I hope this message finds you all in good spirits and health! 2015 was a great year for music making, and I’m hoping 2016 will be all that and more. I have some fun gigs coming up in the next several weeks, so here’s the rundown on what’s in store.

It’s always fun to find a new venue to perform in, and a bonus when it’s in one of my favorite towns,Ann Arbor. I’m especially pleased to be making my first (musical) appearance at VinBar, Ann Arbor’s Unique Wine Bar, located at 111 W. Liberty on Thursday, January 21st. VinBar is a very cool little spot that features wines from three terrific Michigan wineries, Black Star Farms, Good Harbor Vineyards, and MAWBY. I play from 8-10 PM.

I’m always geeked to play at the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Rooms, and I’ll be back at theShelby Township location on Saturday, January 23rd, to participate in their Third Birthday Bash. This will be a reprise of my performances for their Grand Opening three years ago and their Firstand Second Birthday Bashes held the past two years. I’ll play two sets, at 1 PM and 2:30 PM. MBTB Tasting Room unites the founders of MichiganByTheBottle.com with multiple Michigan wineries (2 Lads Winery, Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars,Gill’s Pier Vineyard & Winery, Peninsula Cellars, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Verterra Winery) to bring a taste of the state’s far-flung wine trails to metro Detroit. MBTBTR is located at45645 Hayes, ShelbyTownship, MI.

On Friday, February 5th, I’ll be  returning to perform again at Live! From the Living Room, now located at Unity of Lake Orion, 3070 S Baldwin Rd, Lake Orion, Michigan 48359. I’ll be sharing the stage with my friends, Lac La Belle. Lac La Belle is an acoustic duo from Detroit, Michigan, made up of multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Jennie Knaggs & Nick Schillace. Influenced by early Americana, Lac La Belle offer their songs with expertise, via accordion, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonizing vocals, and fingerpicking resonator guitar. Between me and them, it’s going to be a sweet old timey night of music, for sure! Admission: $10.00/person Doors open at 7:30 Show at 8:00 pm.

Then, on Sunday, February 7th, I’ll be back for my monthly performance at my favorite Sunday morning hangout, the Royal Oak Farmers Market Flea Market, located at 316 East 11 Mile Road. This gig is like comfort food to me; it’s laid back and kinda funky. You can sit and listen whilst sipping on a cup o’ joe and doing brunch or just meander through a multitude of vendors selling all sorts of flea market-type stuff. I play from 11 AM to 1 PM, so if you’re out and about, stop in, give a listen and say hi!

Finally, on Friday, February 26th, I’ll be back at the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room Royal Oak location (29932 Woodward Ave). I’ll play two sets, at 7 PM and 8:30 PM. Homegrown Michigan music and fine Michigan wine make a perfect pairing, if you ask me!

Cheers,
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"In the best traditions of folk music, George’s songs evoke personal experiences and historical events, and George certainly has had some experiences, let me tell you. But the experiences of which he sings so truthfully here, while almost mundane when taken literally, are made to seem so much more meaningful, so much more heartfelt in his hands and within his voice. These arrangements are as near to the folk tradition as one could hope, are exactly all that’s necessary for each song, and when accompaniment and backing vocals are used, they feature David Mosher on several traditional instruments, as well as Bill Arnold on dobro, providing simple support to George’s already ample foundations." —Michael O'Brien, Open Mike

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