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
The album is here and ready for you….enjoy!
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
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
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.
Although the visit was short, and the show was shorter, we managed to do something that had a chance to last. For 30 minutes we meet in a storage warehouse above a hat store and filmed three songs with our friends OurvVinyl.com. Two new and one old. Both beautiful and fulfilling in a simple half hour time. My only regret is passing that black fedora on the way out…. Enjoy!
You can catch the band playing on TV TWICE tomorrow to promote their Milwaukee and Chicago shows this weekend.
For those in Southeastern WI, parts of the band will be on NBC The Morning Blend Ch 4 at 9am. For those outside of Wisconsin, the show will be posted on their website after if you are interested in viewing it at http://www.themorningblend.com/
The band will also be on Chicago’s WGN tomorrow at 12:00pm CST. If you have cable YOU CAN SEE IT! Or you can see it online at http://www.wgntv.com/news/liveperformances/
Or if you want to just see them live come to
Jan 19th SPACE in Evanston
Jan 20th Linnemans in Milwaukee
Tickets can be purchased on the tour page!
While on tour out east we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful people from Eartotheground Music. After our show, we sat for ahwile, talked about the band, music and the yearning for this all to make sense. Next thing we know a beautiful write up appears…..thank you Casey
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!
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
Hey all, Mike and Tom had the air to themselves last night on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3 radio. It got warm and cozy in the cold Chicago studio. Want to hear?
Listen to WNUR: Airplay program with Mike and Tom Mangione
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:
As promised, here’s a link to the recent appearance of Mike, Tina and Patrick on 88NINE Radio Milwaukee’s 414 MUSIC program with host Mark Keefe:
Mike will be playing a free, all ages show this Wednesday, Feb 16th at Turner Hall in Milwaukee. Show starts at 8pm sharp! Come out and bring your friends because your friends are our friends friend…!
Mike, Tina and Patrick sounded great on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee’s 414 Music on Thursday. We’ll have a link up to a recording of the broadcast soon, but in the meantime, why not visit the Radio Milwaukee website and vote for Mike Mangione & The Union is the 2010 Listener’s Poll and have our music sent to WYEP in Pittsburgh as part of the Packers Super Bowl win.
Even if you’re not a Packer fan, you can still let the Iron City know that they need some Mangione on their radio.
(“Girl From the Midwest” has already been suggested!)
WYEP SUPER BOWL BET: http://www.radiomilwaukee.org/packers
Hey all, if you’re near a radio or a computer this afternoon, listen to Mike, Tina and Patrick on
88.9 Radio Milwaukee’s 414 Music show at 4PM .
(Who knows, you might hear some new music that we’ve been working on!)
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
We’re headed back to our favorite Chicago music festival again this year. We have the coveted 3rd day spot at our new favorite venue, Lincoln Hall, on Sunday, December 5th.
For Pre-sale DISCOUNTED tickets, contact us at MangioneMusic@gmail.com