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Update – September 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog (and an equally long time since I proclaimed I’d pay closer attention to it!) but here I am to give you a little update on what I’ve been up to. It’s easier if I just post my most recent mailing to my email list…enjoy!

Hi All,

A lot has been happening lately so I’ll do my best to catch you up with a short email.

First things first, I want to tell you about a great new opportunity I have been given in the Bethlehem area. As of a few weeks ago, I am now the jazz teacher at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. I’m very excited to work with all of the talented students and direct the school’s accomplished Big Band. I’ll be sure keep you posted about any performances involving the group.

This month also marks a big first for me as I’ll be embarking on my first “tour” as a leader. Its short but you have to start somewhere! My trio will be playing a few gigs in Northern Vermont between September 13th and September 15th. Some stuff is still in the works but we’re excited nonetheless. Our big gig is at Hill Farmstead Brewery, recently rated the “best brewery in the world” by Ratebeer.com, in Greensboro, VT on Saturday, September 14th for Zwanze Day 2013, a major international beer event.

I continue to play weekly trio gigs at the best brewery in PA, Tired Hands Brewing Company. We have moved jazz night to Sundays for the time being and have had a great turn out. Join us one of these times if you can!

Edison’s Hot Mess keeps bouncing along as well and I continue to work on my solo repertoire at a handful of local gigs. Everything is detailed below. Come out to a gig and say ‘hi!’

-Mike
http://www.mikelorenzmusic.com

Every Sunday in September (Sept 8th, not the 15th, 22nd and 29th)

Jazz night!!! (a unique trio every week!)

@ Tired Hands Brewing Company
16 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, PA

7-10pm

Northern Kingdom Tour!!!
Friday September 13th – Sunday September 15th

Trio w/ Justin Sekelewski and Kevin Daly

Friday – TBD, near Montpelier, VT
Saturday – @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Zwanze Day 2013, 3-6pm
Sunday – @ Three Penny Taproom, 108 Main St. Montpelier, VT 12-3pm

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Sunday, September 8th

Solo Guitar – Jazz Brunch

@ Sette Luna
219 Ferry St.
Easton, PA

11am-2:30pm

Thursday, September 12th

Edison’s Hot Mess

@ the Bookstore Speakeasy
336 Adams St.
Bethlehem, PA

9pm-1am

Friday, September 20th

Edison’s Hot Mess

@ Two Rivers Brewing Company
542 Northampton St.
Easton, PA

9pm-12am

Thursday, September 26th

Solo guitar

@ the Trapp Door
4226 Chestnut St.
Emmaus, PA

8-11pm

Saturday, September 28th

Edison’s Hot Mess

@ the Bookstore Speakeasy
336 Adams St.
Bethlehem, PA

9pm-1am

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Try, Try Again

With the spring approaching, the sun shining further and further into the day and flowers beginning to consider their opportunity to bloom, I have decided to pay closer attention to this blog space. 

Things have been up in the air and all over the place (in many good ways!) since my last post so this first one back will be a post about reassessing, catching up and filling in.

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Last post, on Sept 18th of 2012, I made some declarative statements about my ambition to do a solo recording. As it turns out, lots of guitar players, specifically jazz guitar players, are doing solo recordings/performances these days! Check out new albums by Jonathan Kreisberg, Bill Frisell and Mike Gamble or tune into the live feed at Smalls to catch a solo set by Peter Bernstein. I’m sure there are many I’m missing too! This is good AND bad I guess. This many guitarists can’t be wrong, right?! This development makes me feel like I am on the right track. However, with so many fantastic players releasing solo recordings I began to think, where would mine fit in? This, obviously, put a stall in my recording ambitions. As it stands I’m still “researching” this project and hope to have new music to share soon.

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Since the turn of the calendar to 2013 I have had the good fortune of playing many trio gigs throughout the Philadelphia area. This great new trend has been brought on by bi-weekly gigs at one of my favorite places to hangout and imbibe, Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA. This place is truly fantastic and is making waves in the craft beer world. It is truly a great experience getting to present creative, original music that I love at a space that is full of creative, kind and generous folks. Come by this Thursday, March 7th to see everything Tired Hands has to offer. We’ll be playing music from my album, Of the Woods.

The opportunity to play trio gigs has me considering a trio recording project at some point in the near to not-so-near future. This, with the aforementioned hangups about recording a solo album, have created quite the to-do list in my head.

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My goal for now is to update this thing every Monday from here on out. Lets see how long that lasts!!

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