We finished our tour last Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. It was a long set…maybe too long, I don’t know and I don’t really care at this point. I think subconsciously I didn’t want the show to end. There has been so much work put into the release of Red-Winged Blackbird Man that…well…I guess I was not ready. I still want to play more towns, do more interviews, hear the album on more radio stations, push it push it and push it until we have exhausted every possible avenue for the music to travel! But the reality is we cannot. It wouldn’t be healthy or fair to our families. We have given it our best and have to let the album fly with the momentum we leave it. CDs have left our hands and into those of fans all over the country. Like a baton in a race our leg is done. It is up to you now to listen, love and lend. So, as I prepare to spend some time with my family, write and dream the next move… I take comfort knowing our work is in good hands. And though I could go on for a few more months playing my tail off, sometimes its best to leave wanting more. Who knows, that little gas left in the tank might get us to our next destination.
Stay in touch, spread the word and see you soon.
We are finishing our tour in our hometowns this weekend. The shows will be special. It will be the last shows before we dream it all up again.
Buy your tickets early!
MILWAUKEE-SHANK HALL-Nov 1st
CHICAGO-OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC-Nov 2nd
We are excited to announce the official release of our latest album
“Red-Winged Blackbird Man” due out in stores Sep 3rd 2013!!!
We set out for 5 days of recording in Iowa City with Grammy nominated producer Bo Ramsey, but the team got along famously and completed the new record in 2.5 beautiful days! “The majority of our experience as a band is playing together live, and we didn’t want the recording process to be any different,” says Mike. “We set the room, took our places, pressed record and came out ahead. I can’t wait for people to share in what happened there”.
For those that have seen the band live since the album’s completion it has been made available at the shows. Sep 3rd marks the official release and moment it will be available to the general public through digital and physical distribution. Spread the word!! Speak of and buy often!!
With the warm weather comes fun, food and music. MM&TU will be playing a collection of festival dates around the midwest as well as a few shows out east and in the country of Texas. See you there!
Check out the tour section for details
OK the last one is a lie, its the same ole 6 members. But in this age of rapid media bombardment you have to SHOCK and grab attention. Frankly, we didn’t feel the first two cut the mustard. However, they SHOULD because its true and its awesome! MM&TU are adding new dates for the spring and summer. The band will be incredibly busy the next couple of months. A couple of these dates will be house concerts. People are starting to ask the band to play in their homes!! After playing a couple of these the band has fallen in love with the concept. If your interested in hosting or want the details for one in your area email email@example.com with the subject line House Concert.
Check out the Tour section to see whats coming!
Stay close, look around, see a show, come often.
The band will be heading to Toronto for the Folk Alliance International conference this week. If you are as well, stop by one of the many showcases we will be performing at. A list of where and when is below as well as on our tour page. Say hello and hang with us!!
The wonderful people at Dittytv.com in sunny Memphis, TN hosted the band a couple of months ago. If you were not able to join us, no worries. Sit back and allow us to entertain you right now, right here. Enjoy! CLICK—-> Mike Mangione & The Union at Dittytv Memphis
we are finishing up our fall tour and boy are we tired. Thank you to those who came out to support us we had a blast and hope to see you in the spring. Our plan is to release “Red-winged Blackbird Man” next year and tour like crazy…won’t you join us?
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We love you, we thank you, we can not do this without you! Please be safe this season and meet us in the spring.
Love and hugs
Mike & The Union
As 2012 winds down, we find ourselves in the unique position of being nominated for awards and accolades for a release that technically hasn’t even come out yet. But don’t let that stop you from voting!
Mike Mangione and the Union are nominated for:
Album of the Year – Red-winged Blackbird Man
Song of the Year – American Martyr
Catchiest Song of the Year – American Martyr
Music Video of the Year – You Don’t Wanna Leave
and Best Live Show
Vote now at RadioMilwaukee.org Listener Poll
We are on the road starting……NOW!
A couple of radio appearances that everyone can enjoy.
WGN radio Thurs Oct 4th at 9pm with Brian Noonan.
Video/audio recap available here: Mike Mangione & The Union on WGN Radio – Brian Noonan show.
Then, listen to Mike talk about the up-coming album and play new tracks with Milwaukee Public Radio’s Bruce Winter Friday night, Oct 5th, at 7pm online.
Listen to a recap of the radio interview here” Mike Mangione Interview – Bruce Winter chats with Mike Mangione.
The band kicks off its Midwestern and Eastern tour in Chicago Friday Oct 5th at Fitzgeralds Night Club, then Saturday in Milwaukee at Linnemans Riverwest Inn. Check the tour section for more info.
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It’s that time of year and we’re off again to one of our favorite festival gigs: Steel Bridge!
This year Victor Delorenzo, famed drummer from the Violent Femmes, will be joining the band as the 7th member for both of their sets on Sat June 9th! There will be a whole lot of rhythm going on!
The band’s First set will be on the Main Stage during the day, then join them for a late night show at Kitty O’Riley’s
The festival runs from June 7-10 and we’ll be playing the main stage on Saturday June 9 during the day and taking part in the pub crawl event that evening. Musicians take over every venue in Sturgeon Bay (even the bowling alley!) and your festival ticket allows you entry to every location.
Steel Bridge 2012 Weekend Passes are On Sale NOW at all TicketStar Locations,
online at TicketStarOnline.com
or over the phone 1-800-895-0071
$25 tickets purchased through Ticket Star will include a digital download of Steel Bridge Songs: Volume 7 (2012 Release)! These will be mailed out to you a a later date.
Ticket allows access to all venues and also allows for priority admission to venues that are nearing capacity – ahead of persons paying the per venue cover charge.
Certain venues may require passes for entrance.
Yes….it is… MM&TU head out.. oh, yea, by the way this year we refer to Mike Mangione & The Union as MM&TU..its faster and a WHOLE lot cooler. MM&TU had their time off, drank their coco (although winter still has not hit the Midwest..), opened their gifts, gained their pounds, fell in love/out of love and back in love with their families and now its time to share what they have learned with you. The band hits the road this Friday with a show in Excelsior, MN and then Eau Clair… both known for their beaches and tropical climate. Then they play some hometown love shows in Chicago and Milwaukee…and Cedar Rapids and Dekalb…and.just check out the tour section.
See you on the road!
XOXO MM&TU HQ
Mike Mangione & The Union are heading east this week for a mini jaunt to some of our favorite places. We would love to spend the night with YOU! Cleveland, Washington DC, Philly and New York City are all on the path. Check our tour section for details.
There is something about traveling so much that makes the most unusual…usual, the uncommon becomes common and the waves become still. I am in Minneapolis getting ready to mix our album and I don’t have a guitar, and I don’t know how to feel about that. I have grown to become comfortable with routine…late nights, late mornings and little sleep, lots of sweat, some music and great conversation. i have grown to become comfortable with discomfort and a simple routine to comply with it. Not having a guitar blindsides me and leaves me to feel a little helpless in this strange arctic city.
…..But why would I expect anything different from this whole experience. When we entered the studio in Iowa City with Bo Ramsey I expected to….maybe get some sounds, plan our approach and track a song or two. I didn’t expect to play through 5 songs, be recording the whole time, loose my sense of the recording process and have someone I respect so much repeat “a take is in the performance not the overdubs”. I have never finished something so fast and felt so comfortable with it in my life. And I see clearly…Comfort lies in the community we build around us and, so far, this album echos that ethos. So, why should I be surprised I am here, vulnerable and naked in this city without my guitar…my support. If there is one thing I have learned in this process its trust the communion…the engagement, not the second guessing… Which is good…because without my guitar before me…ill be a lot closer to the action.
Mike and the band travel to tropical Iowa City to record their 4th studio album. According to the band the theme of the album is “good” so we will see what kind of inspiration they can till from that. More info to come along with some video bloging of the experiance. Stay tuned.
Also, the band returned from Spain tired, sweaty, 5 pounds lighter and filled with tapas (weird juxtaposition). While over seas they ran into one of their favorite people and top blogs You sing I write. Check out the love from writer Annie Reuter
We’ll be in Madrid all week – see dates on the right or on our tour page here: Tour page
Also, we’ve created a page especially for updates while we’re in Madrid. Visit that page here:
WYD Tour Diary.
Thank you to all the great people we meet on the road. We have gained many new and wonderful friends!
Our next stop is Madrid Spain for World Youth Day….very exciting stuff! We will play five shows there, please check our tour schedule to get all the info and email any questions you might have. Oh, and please be sure to say hello!
Hello to all. This morning we shoved out of Chicago with the rise of the sun…well….around lunch time, but we left non the less. Our first stop is the one and only Oyster Ridge Fest in beautiful Kemmerrer WY. The place has the nicest people on earth and it looks like the moon. So i would go as far as saying the nicest people on earth and the moon. Then, Denver CO, and onward to the beautiful mountain range of Kansas for a couple of dates. After that I will be in New Orleans because..well, why not! We are very excited for this trip, the energy in the truck is electric..! well, sleepy now, but at one point all our hair was standing up from the raw static pulsing through our bodies. See you soon.
P.S Kristina says…”I gotta pee…again”
Mike and Tom had to cancel their tue night show at Knickerbockers in Lincoln Nebraska due to a family loss. We are sorry to those planning on making the night. We will do our best to route the band through Lincoln soon. Thank you for understanding. The next show will be at the Oyster Ridge Festival.
The band was just added to the biggest festival in the country, Milwaukee’s very own Summerfest. If you happen to be in the area, join the band when they take the stage Thursday July 7th for a 5pm show opening for Yonder Mountain String Band. For tickets and info go to the Summerfest website
Well someone needed to introduce the band….! Might as well be this video we found from the one and only GodfatherHootie
The band is rounding out a TX tour right now, enjoying the weather and fine food. Between mexican and bbq oh yea and performance they have their hands full. Onward towards Chicago and Milwaukee then the east coast. So come join the band, request a song or two, show them the local eatery and give them warm hugs.
Big thanks to WGN, for a great time as the Midday Music artist. We had to play a little earlier due to the post-election mayoral coverage so for those of you who may have missed it, or wanted to see it again, here’s the link to the WGN TV page:
Mike and the band visited the station on Nov. 19 to do an interview and live performance with DJ Laura Shine. You can stream the performance on the WFPK website or download it in podcast format via iTunes. (Here’s a little secret – one of the songs is a new, unreleased track called “American Martyr.” Get it now and impress your friends with you cool music insider connections).
Listen via WFPK: http://www.wfpk.org/2010/11/22/mike-mangione-in-studio/
Download via iTunes: WFPK: IN Studio Podcast