Open Mic Feature

Michigan City, IN Open Mic Feature

Featured Artist, First Friday Open Stage

Main Street Theatre - 807 Franklin St - $2 to play $3 to listen
Fri 06/07/13 8:00 PM

I’m so happy for the chance to do a 30 minute show on an actual theatre stage, before opening it up to an eclectic array of amazing talent.

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Valparaiso, IN Open Mic Feature

Hosting Open Mic

Front Porch Music - 505 E. Lincolnway - $2.50 play/$3.50 watch
Thu 06/06/13 7:30 PM

A little preview of the new, improved act before the next full CD release show. I’ll play for half an hour then MC everyone else.

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Chicago, IL Pre-Costume Concert

Songwriter Showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe!

Hard Rock Cafe - 63 West Ontario - $5
Mon 02/04/13 9:00 PM

Michael Riser hosted a Nashville-style writers’ round with an amazing array of talent. Four performers at a time appeared on stage together and took turns until we’d each done three songs.

“Ladies and Gentlement, prepare yourselves mentally and physically! Because THIS is the Hard Rock Cafe – THAT is ZZ Top’s drum kit – and THIS is an ACCORDION SOLO!!!”

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Michigan City, IN Pre-Costume Concert

Lubeznik Center For The Arts

Lubeznik Center For The Arts - 101 W 2nd St
Fri 01/04/13 5:30 PM
Media Coverage
Thu 01/24/13 The Beacher p6 “Mainstreet Theatre Presents First Friday Open Stage”

I played a few songs as part of the First Friday celebration. I don’t know if that’s enough to make me “art rock.”

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LaPorte, IN Pre-Costume Concert

All Star Poetry Night

Temple News Agency - 816 Jefferson Avenue
Mon 10/01/12 6:00 PM
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Schaumburg, IL Pre-Costume Concert

Michael Riser’s Rising Stars Songwriter Showcase

Chicago City Limits -
Wed 08/15/12 8:30 PM

A Nashville-style writers’ round with an amazing array of talent. Four performers at a time appear on stage together and take turns until they’ve each done three songs.

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Schaumburg, IL Concert

Michael Riser’s Rising Stars Songwriter Showcase

Chicago City Limits -
Wed 05/16/12 8:30 PM

A Nashville-style writers’ round with an amazing array of talent. Four performers at a time appear on stage together and take turns until they’ve each done three songs.

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Chicago, IL Pre-Costume Concert

Abbey Pub Green Room Showcase

Abbey Pub Green Room - 3420 W. Grace
Tue 04/24/12 8:00 PM

Two finalists selected from each open mic over the past month or so competed for an opening slot on the main stage. Didn’t win this time but still had a blast!

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Valparaiso, IN Pre-Costume Concert

Hosting Open Mic At Front Porch Music

Front Porch Music - 505 E. Lincolnway - $3.50
Thu 03/29/12 7:30 PM

Played songs old, new, and requested, and launched the Accordion Ray.

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Valparaiso, IN Pre-Costume Concert

Hosting Open Mic At Front Porch Music

Front Porch Music - 505 E. Lincolnway - $3.50
Thu 12/29/11 7:30 PM

Released a CD and paid tribute to “Three Guys My Sister Had Posters Of With Their Shirts Unbuttoned”

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Valparaiso, IN Pre-Costume Concert

Hosting Open Mic at Front Porch Music

Front Porch Music - 505 E. Lincolnway - $3.50
Thu 08/04/11 7:30 PM

Focused on newer songs.

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Valparaiso, IN Pre-Costume Concert

Hosting Open Mic at Front Porch Music

Front Porch Music - 505 E. Lincolnway - $3.50
Thu 06/30/11 7:30 PM

It was crazy 80’s cover tune mashup night:

Footloose/Captain Ambivalent Theme Song
Jack & Diane/The Ballad of Walnuthead and Shufflefoot/Loose Foot/Little Pink Walnuts
I Dreamed That Supermodel Adriana Lima Was An Amish Girl/8675309
Pizza Girl/Angel of the Morning/Loreli
The Rose/Flashback Montage Power Ballad
I’ve Got Your Teddy Bear/Teddy’s Revenge
The Thousand Mile Song

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Valparaiso, IN Pre-Costume Concert

Hosting Open Mic at Front Porch Music

Front Porch Music - 505 E. Lincolnway - $3.50
Thu 04/07/11 7:30 PM

Triumphant return after getting swamped by day job and recording.

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