Well here we go! I wanted to let you kids know that the MRB is in the process of putting one of my favorite line ups back together. This year’s alumni will be Danny Ott on guitar, Calvin Hardy on bass, Sean Finnigan on keyboards, and last but certainly not least, Mark T. Williams on drums.
This is the line-up that backed Gregg Allman, Garth Hudson, and a long list of other nefarious characters! And some very exciting new for us! We have signed with a new manager, Jonathan Lamas of J. Patrick Management. He’s a mover and a shaker and has many great ideas.
The President of our label, Atlas Records’ William Perkins, and Jonathan, are brewing up a deal for us to do the first studio CD we’ve done in 9 years. It’s gonna be a GOOD ONE!
With that said, I would like to thank everyone that worked with us on last year’s shows. To David Warrick Jones and George Manoukian, a very special thanks!
So everybody play nice, we’ll be posting dates soon!
Brothers and sisters, come on out to the fair, Friday July 1st! Our first gig of the year with the M R B reunion band.
San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, California
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014 858-755-1161
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End of Year
Last gig of the Decade: The Mike Reilly Band will be appearing with George Thorogood and The Destroyers at the Grove of Anaheim, Sunday, December 12th. Tickets are on sale now, get yours early, this show has the possibly of selling out quickly.
The band will be taking the holidays off and hanging with their friends and families. Coming on hard the first year of the new decade, they plan on playing lots of shows and starting a new album. The February 2010 release of “Reilly’s Road” made way for some really great shows last year and getting to see old friends and making lots of new ones. The band made a TV appearance in Canada and kicked some ass at the Calgary International Blues Festival.
Sittin in with Arlo Guthrie: One day this past April Mike got a call from good friend Arlo, inviting him to the Guthrie Family Legacy Tour show at the Escondido Performing Arts Center. It turned out the third front row center orchestra seat tickets were never used. Why, because he had a great view from the stage as he played guitar with the family throughout the show.
Tribute to Jack Tempchin: The music community honored songwriter extraordinaire Jack Tempchin with a show of his best known songs at Anthology, the newest hip nightclub in San Diego. The show which showcased various musicians from Jack’s list of friends and bands was carried live over local radio station KPRI. A few of those songs performed that were penned by Jack included “Already Gone” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” made famous by the Eagles, not to mention the song that’s created a buzz for Mike ”Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed”.
Rips Bad Ride: The annual fundraiser RIP’S “Bikers Against Diabetes” Ride had all of the things that make for a really great day, a big biker nation show of support, a great sound company, awesome food and of course great music. Mike was a personal friend of Rip’s and the MRB also lost drummer Stu Nevitt to diabetes in 2007. A few of the band’s mates have to deal with this killer disease, always a cause the band supports. The MRB was joined on stage by Big Daddy Les Taylor and Condren Hampton for a bluesy jam.
Benefit for Richie Hayward: The second of two benefit shows, Part Deux, to help “Littlefeat” drummer Richie Hayward cover medial costs, was held on July 31st at Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Burbank, CA. The MRB met some of the most caring and kindest brothers and sisters in L.A. Members of “Littlefeat’” Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, as well as a huge cast of brilliant players appeared on the bill which went late into the night. The show was streamed live on the Internet’s “Flying Eye” network radio.
It was a day of love and giving and a special thanks to Leslie Butts, host Geno Michellini, Blues Deluxe, Electric Blues Radio and Andy Goldstien for all of their hard work bringing these special people together. Sadly, Richie passed away in August 2010 from cancer in Vancouver, BC.
Mike and Danny had the pleasure of working with Richie on a Finnigan Brothers project in 1992 which also included Willie Dixon, Billy Preston, Steven Stills and Bonnie Bramlett to name just a few outstanding musicians.
R.I.P. Richie, that big band in Heaven is just getting a second line groove like no other!
Breakfast TV: To kick off the Calgary International Blues Festival weekend, on August 5th the band performed live on Breakfast TV/City TV in Calgary, Alberta. Way too much fun was had including a “Spam” Bar-B-Que breakfast. Okay, a couple of band members went running the opposite direction when faced with the Spam, but anchorman Andrew was grateful to the brave ones who ate the sandwich on live TV. The anchors and crew were the best, keeping it light and fun for an early 7 am call to play the blues.
Calgary International Blues Festival: What can be said about a perfectly oiled machine…Maurice was able to pull it off…the lineup, the venues – main stage and local participating venues, pro sound & video and lots of good food and of course, Canada’s best brew. The 4 day event was flawless other than a large thunderstorm that stopped Coco Montoya for a few minutes on Saturday evening. During the storm, the crowd covered themselves and waited for it to pass over, what a crowd of truly dedicated blues fans. The MRB played at an off site venue, The Red Fox Tavern, there they were joined by Coco Montoya for a romping jam as well as on the main stage going on before headliner Coco Montoya. The crowd was very receptive and the band rocked them. If you can ever make it, be sure to put this on your to do list of great Blues Festivals to attend.
Silverado Country Fair: The 40th Annual Silverado Country Fair was held on September 25th. Hometown fun. The birthplace of the MRB. As always, what a great time, even if you happen to get locked up for somethin’…the Silverado jail can be fun if you happen to be locked up with the right person. Seen many of innocent folk pinched at this event, but all of the bail money- where have I heard that before- along with the gate all goes directly to the Silverado Children’s Center. Once again it was another beautiful autumn day I the canyon which was full of great music, food, friends and all kinds of beautiful crafts to buy. It is just so much fun seeing everybody, even if it’s only once a year.