• Upcoming Shows

    • April 19, 201410:30pm, HOME Bar, Arlington Heights, IL
    • April 26, 201410:30pm, Crusens, Peoria, IL
    • May 2, 201410:00pm, Fat City, Champaign, IL
    • May 3, 201410:30pm, Daddios, Bloomington, IL
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  • Twitter

    • Out of all of our friends, who's a Dave Matthews Band fan?
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    • 4 shows this upcoming week! That's the first time we've had that since last summer... so are you all excited?...
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    • Some late night jams for all of you night owls ;)
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    • Sound Check Parties

      We like musicians.  We like fans of the band too.  If you are either of those then you are a good candidate to come to one of our private soundcheck parties.  When we do one of these, we select 15 people (via social media) for early admission to the band’s soundcheck. buy you a drink or two, then take your suggestions for songs to play during our soundcheck.  After soundcheck we invite you onto the stage to ask questions about whatever you want.  Ask about how we write our setlist, ask about any of our equipment, ask how we book our shows, our in ear monitors, how we arrange songs, our favorite sandwiches, where we buy our shoes, or whatever else want to ask about.  You have our attention, so ask away.

      Our next soundcheck party is at Durty Nellies on March 8th, and we will be giving away invites on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Watch for it

    • Private Acoustic House Concerts

      Mike and Joe (acoustic duo format) are available for 5 private acoustic house concerts through the 2014 calendar year.  What do we do at an acoustic house concert you ask?  Mike and Joe bring their acoustic guitars to your house and play an acoustic concert in your living room, of course.  Technically it doesn’t have to be in your living room.  Here are the details:

      -Sundays are our preferred days, but any other weekday evening will do if we have it available.  No Fridays or Saturdays are available for this as we will be out playing with the band on those days.

      -We will play a 75 minute 2 man acoustic concert in your house or rented venue through our PA (a small one that we will bring)

      -You can invite as many people as you want, but we prefer that it be inside and seated.  Doesn’t have to be, but we prefer it.  We will play outside if you have a nice area for it.

      -We need a 16′x12′ space marked off for us, two bar stools, and dinner.

      -We will take just 5 of these for the year.  Call 317-696-0399 for pricing, or e-mail us at booking@mikeandjoe.com.

      -This post is about 2 man acoustic house concerts.  Both the duo and the band are available for full on private parties as well.  There is a difference.  Think about it.

    • Booking Summer Festivals

      So we know it’s January and we are all freezing our buns off here in the Midwest, but the band is busy booking summer festivals as we speak.  Yes that is right.  Summer festivals.  A glorious thought isn’t it?  If you would like us to play at the summer fest near you, there are three things you can do to make that happen.

      1) Look on the festival website and send them a message about Mike & Joe

      2) Look on the festival website, find out who organizes the festival (often it’s the village or park district), and call them personally to request they book the band.

      3) Send us a message to booking@mikeandjoe.com and tell us to contact the fest

      What you should not do is think about your favorite festival and then take a nap.  That will not help.  Got it?  Good.  You will be enjoying the band in your lawn chair before you know it.

    • Making of the Bootleg!

    • I Will Wait Music Video

      We shot our very first music video at Bourbon Street on St. Patricks Day weekend for the single “I Will Wait.” The song is featured on our Bootleg Vol. 4 which is available for purchase below. Enjoy!

    • Bootleg Vol. 4 Available Now!

      You can now buy a hard copy of our brand new “BOOTLEG Vol. 4″ right now. Just click the “Buy Now” link below. Using the PayPal “Buy Now” button below will ask you to provide a billing address that will also be chosen as your shipping address. If you’d like to request a different shipping address, provide it in the notes/details that can be edited mid-order. Thank you!

      1. I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons)
      2. Semi-Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind)
      3. Over My Head (The Fray)
      4. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
      5. The Cave (Mumford and Sons)
      6. Drive (Incubus)
      7. Jumper (Third Eye Blind)
      8. Home (Phillip Phillips)
      9. Wonderwall (Oasis)
      10. Life Is A Highway (Rascal Flats)

    • Shirt Design Contest Winner

      We want to congratulate Jordyn Benjamin for winning our recent shirt design contest. She designed this awesome shirt below that we’ll have available at all upcoming shows for only $10! Thanks Jordyn and enjoy the grand prize of $100, Free cover to our shows for a whole year and a brand new Bootleg Vol. 4!

    • 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.

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Bootleg Vol.1

  1. Ecstasy-Rusted Root
  2. Two Step-Dave Matthews
  3. Everything You Want-Vertical Horizon
  4. Elevation-U2
  5. Take A Picture-Filter
  6. Little Black Backpack-Stroke 9
  7. Hashpipe-Weezer
  8. Hanging By A Moment-Lifehouse
  9. Laid-James
  10. Good Things-BoDeans
  11. Betterman-Pearl Jam
  12. Small Town-John Mellancamp
  13. All The Small Things-Blink 182
  14. Slide-Goo Goo Dolls




 

Bootleg Vol.2

  1. Mr Jones-Counting Crows
  2. Evenflow-Pearl Jam
  3. Flake-Jack Johnson
  4. The Middle-Jimmy Eat World
  5. No Such Thing-John Mayer
  6. These Are Days-10,000 Maniacs
  7. Crash-Dave Matthews Band
  8. Last Night-The Strokes
  9. Satellite-Dave Matthews Band
  10. Yellow Ledbetter-Pearl Jam
  11. Drops Of Jupiter-Train




Bootleg Vol.3

  1. Harder To Breathe-Maroon 5
  2. Vertigo-U2
  3. I Don’t Wanna Be-Gavin DeGraw
  4. Lie In Our Graves-Dave Matthews Band
  5. The General-Dispatch
  6. Careful-Guster
  7. Float On-Modest Mouse
  8. Down-311
  9. Im Feelin This-Blink 182
  10. Killin In The Name Of-Rage Against The Machine
  11. Crazy Game Of Poker-O.A.R.
Bootleg Vol. 4

  1. I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons)
  2. Semi-Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind)
  3. Over My Head (The Fray)
  4. Everlong (Foo Fighters)
  5. The Cave (Mumford and Sons)
  6. Drive (Incubus)
  7. Jumper (Third Eye Blind)
  8. Home (Phillip Phillips)
  9. Wonderwall (Oasis)
  10. Life Is A Highway (Rascal Flats)
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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.
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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’!).
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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!


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Name:  Trevor James

Lives:  Chicago
From:  Northwest Chicago
Plays: Lakland 44-60 Jazz Bass
Football:
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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
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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.

BOOKING

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.

 

BAND MEMBERS

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:

 

MARKETING AND PROMOTION

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

 

PRODUCTION/ADVANCE

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