• Upcoming Shows

    • November 1, 2014 10:00 pmTailgaters
    • November 8, 2014 10:00 pmDaddios
    • November 21, 2014 10:00 pmEvenflow
    • November 22, 2014 10:00 pm115 Bourbon Street
    AEC v1.0.4
    • Mike & Joe in your living room!

      How would you like for us to bring our acoustic guitars and some pizza to your place before our show at Daddios Bloomington? Upload and tag us in a 10 second video on Facebook telling us why we should play an acoustic show in your living room on November 8th. Your apartment has to be in the Bloomington area. Everyone who enters a video will recieve free entrance to our show that night. The winner will receive an acoustic show in their living room for them and their friends, pizza, free copies of Bootleg and entrance to the show.

    • We’re on Bandcamp!

      You Can now download and stream all of our albums on Bandcamp, including This Dream and all of our Bootleg albums!

    • Mike & Joe Tour!

      We’ve got some great shows coming up that you won’t want to miss, including Pinktober Fest 2014 and Kanows Corn Maze!


    • Mike & Joe Private Parties

      We recently posted a note about acoustic house concerts, but we did not expect the response to be quite so great.  Here is some additional info about the difference between Parties and Concerts:


      We do love playing private parties for you guys and can do that in a club that you rent, in a banquet facility, or even in your yard.  Yes, we said your yard.  It happens.  For a party we can bring the full Band or do an acoustic Mike & Joe set.  You decide what you want.  We’re just there to make your guests sing.



      Our concerts should really be called “Small Living Room Concerts.”  They are shorter sets, just Mike & Joe acoustic, and your guests are seated and listening; not dancing and drinking.  Dancing and drinking is a Party.  See above.  Our Living Room Concerts are quiet and pretty chilled out sort of affairs, about 75 minutes or so and usually on Sundays (or another weekday).


      Another way to describe the difference is that parties are on your terms.  It’s your party; we’re just there to help you have fun.  Concerts are really on our terms.  You are there to watch and enjoy our performance.


      Now decide what you want to do and call 317-696-0399 for pricing, or e-mail us at booking@mikeandjoe.com.

    • Twitter is a good way to get in free

      Joe is drinking more wine in the morning than he used to.  We think this is why he is giving away free tix via Twitter to almost every show these days.  Follow us @mikeandjoe and just wait.  Even if you don’t think our jokes are funny, surely free passes will make your day.

AEC v1.0.4

  • Here is our live rendition of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.” Our good friend Mike took a video of us playing on St. Patricks Day at a club called 115 Bourbon Street outside of Chicago.


Name:  Mike Notaro
Lives:  Arlington Heights, IL
From:  Mt Prospect, IL
Plays:  Gibson Les Pauls and Takamine acoustic guitars
Football:  Bears
Baseball:  Cubs
Hockey:  Blackhawks
Favorite Song To Play At The Moment:  Over My Head, The Fray
Favorite Local Band:   Chris Buehrle is a super-talented Chicago singer/songwriter whom I both work with and love listening to.  Bluesy/soulful folk rock with a side of tasty riffs!  Also, wish more people (and record labels) would demand another record from Bottle of Justus (Bloomington, IL).  These guys write as well as any other alt rock band out there.  Whatta ya say Gents?
Music:  After playing, listening to and learning songs for our band, I tend to listen to other stuff at home and on the road.  I like throwing on my Pandora stations (from Italian Traditional to Bach to Trance to Toots & the Maytals).  It gives my ears and brain a “breather” from my beloved rock music!  Otherwise, I grew up on many of the folky singer/song writers like James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and Billy Joel.  I’m a big Guster fan, and tend to lean toward singer/songwriter stuff (Pete Yorn, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Death Cab).  Anything with killer production is on the radar, too:  Sting, Third Eye Blind, Donald Fagen – been listening a lot to the new Angels & Airwaves.  If I need new music to listen to, Aaron will send me one of his Pandora Stations . . . usually when we’re sitting next to each other in the car . . . and while he’s sticking countless Will Ferrill and random YouTube videos in my face . . . while I’m driving.
Other interests:  I like tacos.  At the moment, I can’t stop watching the badlipreading.com clips . . . particularly the Mitt Romney snippet:  “I’m a gremlin . . . and I’m leaving the party . . . and I want everyone to stuff the ice chest.”  Uh . . . kinda gotta see it.
As much as I love music, spending time with my family is huge.  Coming from a big, Italian family requires a dedicated iCal calendar just for family shindigs.  Always fun, and always something going on!  When I can, I produce and engineer projects for other musicians and artists in my studio . . . my true passion.  I rarely like anything I write myself, but LOVE shaping others’ songs and visions.  Downtime is spent traveling (preferably Italy, Colorado, or Northern Cali), drinking or searching for good wine, reading Ken Follett books, and certainly not least, drinking Starbucks americanos (unless the Christmas or Thanksgiving Blend is brewin’!).

Name:  Aaron Streich
Lives:  Chicago, IL
From:  Seattle Washington, Ft. Wayne, IN., Bedford, IN., Bloomington, IN.
Football:  Bears, Colts
Baseball:  Cubs, Sox
Hockey:  Blackhawks
Favorite Song To Play:  Everlong (Foo Fighters), Hands Down (Dashboard Confessionals)
Favorite Local Band: Kick The Cat
Music I Listen to:  I love all kinds of music. I like rock, jazz fusion, jazz, classical, metal, pop, country, reggae, reggae dub, ska, atmospheric synth, guitar greats like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen. You name it I’ll probably like it.
Some of my favorite bands are: Filter, Enter Shikari, Third Eye Blind, Miike Snow, M83′s, Band Of Horses, and the list goes on and on.
Other Interests:  I like Giordono’s and Chicago’s Pizza. I like mexican food. I’m a sucker for a good Chinese buffet. I love sushi. I like vacationing down in southwest Florida and Key west. I love eating the fresh seafood down there. Grouper sandwiches….Yummmmm!
I love to travel to warm tropical climates when I can. I’ve been to Jamaica four times. I like Chicago’s Summer festivals. I love the Air and Water Show. I love playing music for a living and entertaining. I love Jagermeister!


Name:  Trevor James

Lives:  Chicago
From:  Northwest Chicago
Plays: Lakland 44-60 Jazz Bass
Favorite Song To Play At The Moment: Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine
Favorite Local Band:  I’m going to say “Favorite Local Artist” and I’m going with Colin Tyler.  He is absolutely incredible.  The one word I can use to describe his music would be “epic”.  I haven’t heard musicianship like this in a very long time.
Music:  I am heavily influenced by R&B/Soul, but oddly enough my favorite band of all time is Pink Floyd.  Find me in person to have an explanation in detail!  I listen to virtually any and everything, but some favorites that come to mind are Nile Rodgers (and anything he touches), Prince, Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Jamiroquai, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Ethan Farmer, Esperanza Spaulding, 311, Incubus, Beastie Boys, Lyrics Born, Biggie, 2 Pac, Alicia Keys, Dorian and Uriah Duffy, Colin Tyler, etc.  There is so much that I’m forgetting, but find me in person so we can chat!
Other interests: I have an interest in almost everything.  I love the following: God, my wife and son, hair, Chuck Mangione, space, history, science, charcuterie, wine, beer, fine single malt scotch, woodworking, relaxing, boxing, exercise, food, food, food, nature, hunting, guns, russians, peace, movies, teaching, spending time with friends and family, moisturizing, laughing, traveling, voice over work, reading, ideas, leading, etc
Name:  Joe Valentino
Lives:  Indianapolis, IN
From:  Pittsburgh, PA
Plays:  Fender Strats and Takamine acoustic guitars
Football:  Steelers
Baseball:  Pirates, White Sox
Hockey:  Penguins
Favorite Song To Play At The Moment:  Yellow, Coldplay
Favorite local band:  Mr Blotto.  They’re just so darn good.
Music:  I listen to mostly folk (Nickel Creek, The Civil Wars, Patty Griffin), folk rock (The Rescues, Mumford), and chill singer songwriter stuff (David Ford, Jon Mclaughlin, Brandi Carlile, Damien Rice, Ingrid Michaelson).  I like lots of mellow music.  I love vocal harmony, so anything with cool vocals is interesting to me.  I like middle of the road rock…stuff like Angels and Airwaves, Death Cab, Vertical Horizon, SafetySuit, Lifehouse, Coldplay, The 88 kind o tunes.  I do listen to a little country/crossover country…Zac Brown, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw.  In the special and other category, some days are Lyle Lovett days, and some days are Umphreys McGee days.  Thats just how it is.   If you make me a CD of new music to listen to, I will make one back and send it to you.  Like, for real!
Other interests:  I like tacos.  I like adventure travel and have been to many places around the world.  I love ethnicity and experiencing ethnic food/traditions/neighborhoods.  I love putting potato chips on my sandwiches.  Love going to local art/ethnic/street fests and fairs of all types and hanging out all day.  I like fruit.  Love concerts in tiny venues, and go to quite a few.  Love Ravinia.  I like to go to Starbucks.  I love football.  I like to pace around the house when I talk on the phone.  Love hanging out with my mom.  She is the coolest.  Love trying new restaurants.  I like grammar.  I like when fans bring me presents.  I can be suckered into just about anything if tempted with coffee.  I like dry red wine.  I like investing in real estate.  I like voice activated texting.  Love putting the top down on my convertible and driving out into the middle of nowhere, getting lost, and then trying to find my way home again.  I like negotiating anything.  I like cheese.


Contact us to book the band by calling or e-mailing Joe Valentino at 317-696-0399, or booking@mikeandjoe.com


  • I WANT MIKE AND JOE TO PLAY AT MY PARTY!  No need to shout about it.  We are available for private events. Just send details to booking@mikeandjoe.com


  • I WANT MIKE AND JOE TO PLAY AT MY SCHOOL!  We love school.  School is cool.  Send us details to booking@mikeandjoe.com


  • I THINK MIKE AND JOE WOULD BE PERFECT FOR _____ FESTIVAL!  Do three things in this order.   1) Go to the festival’s website and send them a message saying that you want to see us playing at that fest.  2) Call three of your friends and have them do that same thing.  3) E-mail us (booking@mikeandjoe.com) the fest name, website, and (if you know) the name and contact information for whoever is setting up the entertainment.  We will contact them and try to get ‘er done.  Seriously, if you do those three things, there is a really good chance that the festival will call us before we call them.  For real.  Try it.



You can e-mail the entire band by sending a message to band@mikeandjoe.com

You can e-mail the band members individually by sending a message to:



You can e-mail David, our marketing and promotion director at david.painter86@gmail.com



You can e-mail us for information about production, load in, sound check, stage plots, etc to mike@mikeandjoe.com