The new interview! Ron Felten interviews Mike Felten and the Thunder Rolls! https://soundcloud.com/simlpodcast/episode-3-mike-f
 
 
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Good friends Razor & Die play "Where'd You Get That Dress" on the radio today! Woo hoo!

 
 

"Hey let's have live music!" Yep, that sound like a good idea. All these kids will play for free. They like/love doing it. Since we don't have any customers of our own, they'll bring all their relatives and friends and we'll have a business here. Given our personalities and hospitality , we couldn't give away free cures for cancer.
If we  can't invest in a sound system, they can scrounge one up.
But, O.K., we bought our own outfit and some mics. Only our sound guy will operate it, when he isn't cleaning the toilets or stocking the beer cooler.  I can't do it, because I am the club owner and I don't know how.
The show is supposed to start, so the musicians will stand around on stage waiting, hoping for a level. Do you think we should turn off the jukebox or just turn it down?  The fourteen televisions with the monster truck rally replays shouldn't distract from the music should it?
Gee, the vocals are a little garbled? What's wrong with this guy?
The bands friends are leaving. They are complaining that they can't get a drink and the toilets are stopped up. You think the band could help? They had to move the tables and chairs to get to the stage. What wrong with these guys? I can't make any money if these guys don't pitch in.
Had a terrible night and I hope they are happy. They are keeping me from closing while they load all that equipment they brought. They must own a Guitar Center and brought it all along. One of them mentioned that they are going to rehearse Tuesday and work on some new material.
Can't they just get their crap out of here. What are they waiting for - me to thank them for showing up?





 
 
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Nice Friday night at Silvie's. First of a few shows with Paul Caporino (M.O.T.O)

 
 
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Mike will be hosting an American Troubadour series at Miskas Venue (Belmont and Leavitt) in Chicago.  This Friday 1.27 we have Dolph Chaney, George Hansen and Jack Higgins. Starts at 8pm
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Saturday night 1/28 - Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise - I'll be at the original Ginkgo's in St. Paul. Sweet Rhubarb is going to open at 7pm. If you are up there already, Stacey Earle is playing a couple of days before and, my old buddy, Scott Alarik will be there a couple days after. Hope I can be the meat(or at least the cheese) in a sandwich like that 9pm.

 
 
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Saturday night we did an old school show at Nothin' Less Coffee 2642 N. Milwaukee down in Logan Square in Chicago. No P.A. just lung power. Eric Manley has his great photography on the wall too. Hope to be back soon

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On the radio. Played downtown at Razor and Di's  new digs. They have a showcase studio that let's you watch the passer-bys. I watched the snow fall on the Viagra Triangle and yodeled for a while. They play some great tunes too. If you want to hear something new, tune in.

 
 
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Friday, January 13th   I'll be back at my favorite hookah bar. Rumor is that we are going to be recording this show - so come and get caffeinated and loud. 8pm 

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Saturday, February 14th - New Venue** Paddy's Pub in Milwaukee ,Wisconsin. Instead of just David Towle opening - we have the reunion of  Two Thik Mick. Get the Guinness ready. A recording device will be at this show also. 9pm

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Monday, January 16th- The Acoustic Explosion arrives at Silvie's on Irving Park. Cheap beer and good times always. John always has three or four of Chicago's top notch acoustic players on hand too. Doors 8:oo.

 
 
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Thanks to the Elbo Room. Hope to be back real soon. 
Next up will be the Guinness Awards at AJ's Music Cafe in Ferndale,MI on Thursday 12/29. We set a record (for the second time) for the longest live performance and it's time to receive our award certificates. 
A.J. himself is running for Congress. If we all get behind him, I guarantee that they'll be one member of the body we can trust

 
 
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Back at the Elbo Room this Sunday.

Get there early for this one. Liz Burns and friends are opening 8 - 9:30. Been hearing great things about Liz, I'm looking forward to it. I'll be playing two full sets and you know you don't want to miss any of it. So come on out to Lincoln and George Street. We''l be up in the Acoustic Lounge. Rumors have it that Jameson goes for $3 and there are a lot of other drink specials too. As they say on NPR - "Good Times"