Tour Blog from South Bend, Indiana (The Pool for The School Fundraiser)

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This past Friday night, I had the privilege of playing with several amazing musicians at The Pool to benefit The Music Village in South Bend. The photo above was taken early in the evening and doesn’t even come close to displaying the beautiful sense of community that was felt in the room. If you haven’t seen a show at The Pool yet, I suggest catching John Davey and Bailey Williams on Sunday, April 7 (click here for more details).

Thank you again to Dena and Gus for hosting the event, Mayor Pete Buttigieg for showing his support by attending and performing, all those who came out, and everyone from The Music Village, “a community musical arts alliance, celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse local and global communities in the heart of downtown South Bend, Indiana.” Learn more about this organization here or follow them on Facebook.

To my new friends who purchased a CD that night, don’t forget to share the music with your friends and family! Seriously.

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Tour Blog from Nashville, Tennessee (Katie Stump, Cause A Scene)

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A week ago today, I drove from South Bend, Indiana to Nashville, Tennessee for what I thought would be a quick stay in Tennessee over the weekend. I had a show on Friday, a show on Saturday, and didn’t know many people in the area. After all was said and done, I ended up staying in Nashville for five nights instead of two and wanted to stay another week. Many thanks to my friend Adam Ollendorff who let me stay at his place while he was on tour with Kacey Musgraves (can you find Adam in this photo?).

First things first, were you aware that Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon?! The best part was that I had NO IDEA that this existed until I parked my car in Centennial Park. But I digress.

My first show in Nashville was last Friday night at The Listening Room Cafe. What a great room! The staff was friendly, the audience was receptive, the sound-engineer was one of the nicest people I met on my trip, and I found myself back there on Tuesday afternoon listening to Katie Stump and Graci Phillips while working and enjoying a drink (proof).

I actually met Katie on Friday night at my show. She lives in Southern California but was in town with her mom to get a feel for the city and play a few stages. I ended up getting coffee with them on Saturday afternoon to talk about music and touring. I then ran into them by chance on Monday evening at The Bluebird Cafe. Come Tuesday evening, I found myself joining them for dinner at a nearby Songwriters Round and felt like I was amongst family. I’m hoping our paths cross again next month when I’ll be in California. Here’s a photo of Katie and I after my set on Friday night:

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Saturday evening, I played a Cause A Scene house show in Brentwood with Brooke Annibale, Korby Lenker, and Annie Lawrence. What a great night of music! Larry at Cause A Scene was so helpful in putting this show together, and the other artists were so talented. Really glad this show came together the way it did! If you’re in Nashville and looking for a good show to see, you can trust Cause A Scene. Trust me.

Some photos from Saturday night’s show:

Brooke Annibale | another photo
Korby Lenker | another photo
Annie Lawrence | another photo
This Other Guy | another photo

Nashville was amazing. I can’t wait to go back. This photo that I took on Wednesday pretty much sums up how I felt:

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See you tonight at The Pool in South Bend, this weekend at a few house shows in Lafayette, and Monday at Be Here Now in Muncie!

March 2013 Newsletter

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March is here, and it’s finally starting to warm up! Anyone else excited?! I spent the better part of yesterday walking around Indianapolis without a jacket, and it was so nice. Here’s to bikes, music festivals, sunglasses, front porch time, and lemonade stands! Soon, soon, soon.

Since December 2012, I’ve played eight house shows and have another one coming up in West Lafayette this month. As an independent musician better suited for small, intimate venues, I am always looking to play in more living rooms. Have you thought about hosting a house show? Your friends would dig it, and it would help introduce my music to a new audience in a unique way. The video above is from a recent house show and will give you a sense of the vibe (you can also click here to watch it). Keep in mind that I’m willing to travel anywhere and that no microphones, amps, or speakers would be used. Easy, right?! Email me at contact@mikereeb.com if you might be interested in hosting a house show or if you have any questions. Thanks for your consideration!

I’ve got some great show over the next two months, including shows in Louisville, Nashville, Los Angeles, Ventura, Sacramento, Portland, and Omaha! Here are the dates, cities, and venues (click here for more details):

Mar 14 – Louisville, Kentucky – Phoenix Hill Tavern
Mar 15 – Nashville, Tennessee – Listening Room Cafe
Mar 16 – Nashville, Tennessee – Cause A Scene
Mar 22 – South Bend, Indiana – The Pool
Mar 24 – West Lafayette, Indiana – House Show
Mar 25 – Muncie, Indiana – Be Here Now
Mar 29 – South Bend, Indiana – Chicory Cafe
Apr 11 – Ventura, California – Zoey’s Cafe
Apr 13 – Los Angeles, California – Hotel Cafe
Apr 17 – San Francisco, California – The Meadowlark
Apr 18 – Sacramento, California – ZuhG Life Store
Apr 20 – Willow Creek, California – House Show
Apr 28 – Portland, Oregon – The Box Social
Apr 30 – Denver, Colorado – House Show
May 2 – Omaha, Nebraska – Barley Street Tavern

If you have friends or family in any of the cities I’m touring through, please help spread the word however you can. Word of mouth goes a long way and helps me in more ways than you know. Thanks again, have a great week, and I hope to see you at a show soon!

Earnestly,
Mike Reeb

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Tour Blog from Lafayette, Indiana (John Davey, Stand for Freedom)

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Thanks to @johnisaacdavey for this photo from my set at Star City Coffee & Ale House last Saturday night. For those of you who don’t know, John Davey is a full-time musician from the Lafayette area. If you’re not familiar with his music, get familiar! First watch this video. Then follow him on Facebook. Then go see him play live. He’s writing some beautiful music and is definitely worth your time. For those of you in Lafayette and Chicago, John’s coming your way in the next few weeks:

       Saturday, March 16The Bayou – West Lafayette, Indiana
       Thursday, March 28The Horseshoe – Chicago, Illinois

In addition to the Star City show last weekend, I also played two OUTDOOR SETS this Wednesday on Purdue’s campus for an anti-human trafficking event called Stand for Freedom. Here’s a bit more information about the event: “We will be fighting for the freedom of [the 27 million slaves throughout the world] by hosting a Stand for Freedom event on Purdue University’s campus from March 6-7 where we, collectively, will stand for 27 hours. We will be promoting freedom through raising awareness – getting information into compassionate people’s hands; through fundraising – enabling work to continue that is taking place around the globe by the International Justice Mission fighting these injustices; and through legislature – asking the President to recommit our nation’s government to the fight against human trafficking and by letting the Indiana Senators know that we want the influence our great country has to be used to help those who need us to act.”

To learn more about human trafficking and what IJM is doing to fight this injustice, visit http://www.ijm.org/stand

Tour Blog from Indianapolis, Indiana (Rebekah Osborn)

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What a joy it was to play a house show with Rebekah Osborn last night! She opened the show with a handful of songs (all beautiful!) and then lent her vocals to a few of my songs. Rebekah is the female vocalist who sang with me on albums Without The City Lights and Breaking, and it had been about two years since we last sang together. She adds so much to my songs- I really wish she could join me for every show.

Rebekah and her husband actually hosted last night’s house show, and they informed me that they’re going to do that more regularly. When they announce the next show they host in their living room, I’ll be sure to mention it on Twitter and my Facebook Page.

Gotta run- I’m playing a set at Star City Coffee & Ale House in Lafayette in 30 minutes. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!