Tour Blog from South Bend, Indiana (Home? Is that you?)

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Over Memorial Day Weekend, I played four shows in the South Bend area: at Ruthmere Mansion, Main Street Library, Simonton Lake (with Paul Erdman), and The Pool (with Families and Mim Stoner). Many thanks to Manda for the great photo above!

Okay, real talk…

There is nowhere near enough praise I can give my new friends, fans, and loved ones in South Bend. The city has become my home away from home over the past four months, and I am still awestruck at how quickly the community has embraced my music. It is both encouraging and humbling. And I am so very thankful. Yes, it needs to be said: I love South Bend.

Below, you’ll find several photos and videos from the weekend. I hope you enjoy them! And speaking of South Bend, my next performance in the area is this Friday night (May 31) at Quincy’s Cafe. See you then!

PHOTOS:
Live at Ruthmere Mansion
Dena being awesome at the Main Street Library
Post-show discussion with a young fan
Families live at The Pool
Mim Stoner live at The Pool
This other guy live at The Pool

VIDEOS:
Families live at The Pool
“Mike Reeb wsg Mike Reeb wsg Dena Woods”
Jason Bryant Vine

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Tour Blog from NYC (Rockwood Music Hall, Biking, Central Park)

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Earlier this week, I played my first show in New York City. To say that the show and my time in NY went well would be an understatement. Trying to re-cap everything in paragraph form would leave us with a short novel, so I’m just going to list the highlights with some links. Here we go:

I’m back in Pittsburgh today and will be playing a show in Lexington, Ohio later tonight (shows.mikereeb.com). New York was great, but it’s always nice to return to the Midwest. See you soon, friends!

Tour Blog from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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I’ve been hearing good things about Pittsburgh for quite some time. And after finally having a few days to explore the city by bike, play a show, get in an 8-mile run, and meet some locals, I get it. Although not huge like Chicago, it’s waterways are beautiful and the city has everything you’d want in a big city. It didn’t hurt that my introduction to the city included a bike ride along the Ohio River with a fantastic view of the city just before sunset (photo above).

The show last night at PULSE was really fun. Many thanks to those that came out, Jennifer for putting it together, and Get In The Ark for making the drive all the way from Sandusky, Ohio to perform! Wishing you could’ve been there? Well, here’s a 6-second clip of GITA and a photo from my set. It’s just like you’re there! Okay, not really. But I tried.

Off to Harrisburg this afternoon before my show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on Monday, May 20. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook if you want to keep tabs on my travels. Don’t worry, Pittsburgh… I’ll be back in next Thursday for another show with the amazingly talented Brooke Annibale. Can’t wait!

Tour Blog from Columbus, Ohio (Brothers Drake Meadery, FTW!)

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Earlier this week, I performed at Brothers Drake Meadery in Columbus, Ohio. I hadn’t played in the area since 2010, but this show was definitely worth the wait! My good friend Dan Clark set it up and even offered a full-band set between my two sets to help fill the time. Of the 50 shows I’ve played in 2013, this one easily stands out as one of the best. The venue has a beautiful stage, they provided a professional and polite sound engineer, the show was promoted in every way possible on their end (thank you April!), Dan brought out dozens of friends, everyone listening was incredibly receptive and overwhelmingly kind, and this happened later in the evening!

And seriously, is that not the best tip jar sign/threat of all time?!

If you live in the Columbus area or are just passing through, STOP BY BROTHERS DRAKE, fill your belly with some mead (“honey wine”), generously tip the staff, and catch some live music on a great stage. You shouldn’t trust me to set up your 401(k), but you should trust me on this.

Tour Blog from Richmond, Indiana (“You know… Dean. The cat.”)

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Two nights ago, I played a really fun house show in Richmond, Indiana. The town is just across the border from Ohio along I-70, about an hour east of Indianapolis. It was great getting to see some old friends and meet a few folks, too. Always love sharing my songs and stories in the comfort of a living room. Thank you again to Matt & Ashley for hosting the show, inviting friends, making food, putting me up for the night, AND cooking me breakfast! Amazing hosts, indeed.

Dean (pictured above) was also there for my set and even signed my email list book (thanks again for the picture, Audreyalice)! Gotta admit, that cat knew how to cuddle. Spent a few hours with 20 pounds of feline on my chest as I slept. And you know what, I loved every single pound!

May 2013 Newsletter (I’m going east! Maria Davey Photography!)

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Greetings from Indianapolis! Last month at this time, I was near San Diego, getting ready to tour up the west coast. But before I reached Pacific Standard Time (that’s my Pete Krebs shout-out for my friend Jeremy and cousin Suz), my fellow west coast road warrior and professional photographer, Maria Davey, and I stopped at several places along the way to take photos (including some amazing landscape shots that she’ll be posting on her website soon). Just a few days into our trip, we were driving through Texas and found an abandoned gas station. So we explored the property, found an old truck, and I was lucky enough to come away with some great promotional photos (see above and photos.mikereeb.com). I’ve worked with a lot of photographers over the years, but Maria Davey’s work stands out as some of the best portrait work I’ve seen. If you need a photographer, get in touch with her! She’ll fly anywhere in the world to shoot, and she is incredibly wonderful to work with. Take a look at her work and learn more about her on her website: mariadaveyphotography.com

Between April 2 and May 4, I visited 14 different states via car (3412 miles), train (460 miles), bus (1252 miles), and plane (1259 miles). It was an amazing trip but only because of other people! Thank you again to everyone that I met or came across over the last month. To those who bought me a meal, put me up for the night, cooked me dinner, came to see me play, let me nap in their house while they were at work, told a friend about my music, drove me to a venue, or hosted a house show, thank you thank you thank you! I may have lost money on this tour, but I could care less. I came away with so much more and can not wait to visit the west coast again!

This month, I will make my way to the Atlantic Ocean for shows in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New York. Looking ahead, I’m so excited to let you know that my show this Friday night (May 10) in Indianapolis will feature Rebekah Osborn, who sang with me on my albums Breaking and Without The City Lights, and also Dave Evans, my old drummer and current Buster Eagle drummer. Here are all of my upcoming dates, cities, and venues (more details):

May 10 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Foundry Provisions feat. Rebekah Osborn
May 13 – Richmond, Indiana – House Show
May 14 – Columbus, Ohio – Brothers Drake Meadery w/ Daniel Clark
May 15 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – AVA Lounge
May 17 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – PULSE House w/ Get In The Ark
May 18 – Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLooking for a House Show
May 20 – New York, New York – Rockwood Music Hall
May 22 – Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLooking for a House Show
May 23 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The Backstage Bar w/ Brooke Annibale
May 24 – South Bend, IndianaLooking for a House Show
May 25 – South Bend, Indiana – Ruthmere Mansion
May 25 – South Bend, Indiana – Main Street Library
May 27 – South Bend, Indiana – The Pool w/ Families & Mim Stoner
May 28 – Muncie, Indiana – Be Here Now
May 29 – Newport, Kentucky – Southgate House Revival

I’m currently booking house shows and backyard BBQ shows for July, August, and September. No destination is too far! Email me if you have any questions about house shows or if you think you might want to set something up. And seriously- I’ll travel anywhere in the states to play in your living room.

Lastly, just a reminder that all of my music is available online for free. If you enjoy my music and want to help me keep moving forward, please consider sharing my Bandcamp Page with your friends, families, enemies, and frenemies on Facebook, Twitter, Napster, America Online Chat Rooms, and Prodigy (remember that?!!). The music is there… and your people are there… connect ’em! It really goes a lot farther than you’d think. See you on the road, my friends!

Earnestly,
Mike Reeb

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Tour Blog from Chicago, Illinois (Uncommon Ground Video Clip!)

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Last weekend, I ended my five week West Coast Tour with a solo performance at Uncommon Ground in Chicago. My cousins John & Dana came to the show and uploaded a clip from my 3rd song of the evening, Outside (Not In Here). Click anywhere on the image video snapshot above to give it a listen! As a reminder, if you have any photos or live videos from any of my recent shows, feel free to post them on my Facebook Page.

I’ll recap my trip out west in my May 2013 Email Newsletter (coming soon, I promise). Until then, know that I’m safe back in Indiana and getting ready to head east next week! However, before I head out, Rebekah Osborn will join me this Friday, May 10 at 8pm for a free show at Foundry Provisions. If you’re in Lafayette or Indy and looking for something to do this weekend. I got you covered. Can’t wait for this show!