Monday, August 22, 2016

Fall 2016: Shows & Classes

Hi Friends!

I have a number of upcoming shows & classes for the fall that I am happy to share with you!

This Tuesday 8/23, I will be playing at the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market on 16 S. Washington St. from 4-6pm.



These shows are brought to you with the generous support of the Ann Arbor Area Spirit of Woodstock Fund, a donor advised fund at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, with the goal of increasing community engagement in participatory democracy. This show is part a three month residency with once a month Tuesday shows from 4-6pm on:

8/23
9/13
10/11

Come out and support the local food economy and remember to vote! : )

http://www.aaacf.org/about-aaacf/aaacf-funds/aaacf-donor-advised-funds/ann-arbor-spirit-woodstock-fund

http://www.growinghope.net/

On Sat. 8/26, I will be performing in the Cabin at Hollerfest 2016, which takes place at the beautiful Frog Holler Farm in Brooklyn, MI. My set starts at 6:30pm. You can get more info & tickets here:

http://hollerfest.com/


On Thursday Sept. 8th, I will once again be performing at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market from 4-6pm. Join me for some tunes & help support another great local food establishment. : )

http://mifma.org/farmers-markets/pittsfield-township-farmers-market/

In addition to my musical performances, I will have a full menu of classes to choose from this fall if you are interested in furthering your own musical adventure!

There is still time to sign up for this semester's MUS 146: Songwriting Class at Washtenaw Community College! But don't delay, classes start Mon. 8/29!

Let's explore what makes a song great. Together we'll build the skills and confidence necessary to turn your ideas into finished and fully realized songs. In addition to learning the basic concepts of lyric, melody, harmony and rhythm, we will explore song structure, write using all five of our senses and learn how to craft memorable melodies. If you're new to songwriting, this class will help you build your skills from the very beginning. If you're already experienced, it's a safe space to create and an excellent opportunity to add to your creative portfolio in the presence of supportive accountability partners! Follow the link below to sign up:

http://www.wccnet.edu/academics/classes/information/view/class/MUS%20146/

Internet registration has also just opened for my Beginning Guitar class at Ann Arbor Rec & Ed:

Grades 9-Adult. BEGINNING Calling all aspiring guitarists. Whether you are a future rock god, jazz cat or campfire strummer, basic fundamentals and a strong foundation in technique is essential. Gain the beginning skills you need to launch your musical dream. Learn chord shapes, strumming patterns and basic music theory that can be applied to almost any style of music. Bring your own guitar. Instructor modifies the class according to the group so the class can be repeated. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. Sep 19, 2016 to Nov 7, 2016 - Each Mon. - 6pm to 7pm - Pioneer HS

https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/guitar-instruction-beginning/42906

Feel free to contact me if you are looking for private Guitar, Voice or Songwriting lessons as well if you feel more comfortable in a one on one setting. Hope to see you all soon somewhere along the path! : )

-Spencer

Saturday, July 16, 2016

History Repeats Itself

 History repeats itself. The world and collective consciousness moves in a spiral, in cycles that repeat themselves but from a different and greater vantage point. It seems we are at a boiling point in American & world history.

From a historical perspective it feels very much like the 60's, a time of political unrest, a fight for civil rights & an expanded awareness of the violence perpetuated at home & abroad. Remember that Vietnam was the first war that really seeped into the American consciousness via Television broadcasts. Now we have an expanded version of that technology in the internet. Now we can get -in the moment- updates from countless sources & events. It's all just bigger, more, all the time....it inspires Tension, with a capital T.

In the 60's that same tension gave birth to music, art & cooperative movements the likes of which the world had never seen. (Unless of course you go back into history and look at other boiling points & the creativity that was born from those times as well.)

The point being, we have an opportunity. An opportunity to fulfill the holey unfulfilled promises of the light-workers of the 60's counter-culture movements; the peace, the love, the equality...the expansion of awareness...it's all there for us to bring into existence. But like most things, sometimes it can be quite a struggle to birth it. It requires the labor pains, and the extraordinary effort of it's mother. It's mother is us. It's mother is you. 



Sometimes rebirth requires a dismantling of outdated structures...everything in this world has a shelf-life, even ideas! Impermanence is about the only thing you can count on, but decay is the first step towards growth. It's necessary! It's food for the eventual new life that keeps on cycling on the planet.

All that pain...all that violence...all that uncertainty...let it feed you, but don't become it. Let it be the pressure that inspires you to burst through the soil-surface of change. Let it inspire you to make art, to write & sing songs, to join with your fellow human beings and rebuild outdated physical and emotional structures.

Let it inspire you to listen, maybe for the first time in your life, to the experiences of the other...whoever that other happens to be. Step outside your own bubble and learn...empathy. That's what really makes us human, the capacity for empathy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter 2016: Upcoming Shows & Classes

Hi Friends,

Staying busy this winter with a few upcoming shows and a selection of class offerings that I am teaching. First off, here are my upcoming performances, including my first time at Ann Arbor's Old Town Tavern!


Old Town Tavern
122 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Sunday, 1/10 8-10pm
No Cover / Donations Appreciated

http://www.oldtownaa.com/

On Sat. 1/23 I will be participating in the 1st Saline Winter Festival at the Carrigan Cafe in downtown Saline, MI. Check out his line up!

Friday 1/22/16
1-2pm: P.T. Ragland
2-3pm: Frank Allison
3-4pm: Mike Gentry
4-5pm: John Louis Good
5-6pm: Billy King
6-7pm: Sunday Morning Light Saturday

1/23/16
12pm-1pm: No Conflict
1pm- 2pm: Billy Joe Hunt
2pm- 3pm: Tim Berla’s band
3pm-4pm: Mercury Salad Sandwich
4pm-5pm: J. Washburn Gardner
5pm-6pm: Spencer Michaud
6pm-7pm: Kristina Johnson

Saline Winter Festival
Carrigan Cafe
107 S Ann Arbor St
Saline, MI 48176
Saturday, 1/23 5-6pm

 http://carrigancafe.com


In addition to my performances,  I will also be teaching a number of classes in the Washtenaw region including Songwriting, Beginning Guitar & R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The History of Rock N' Roll. Registration is open for all three classes and can be done here:

MUS 146: Songwriting 
Washtenaw Community College
Mon. 2-5pm 1/11- 5/2

For the prospective song writer, this class is designed to enhance the various phases of songwriting: observation, lyric writing, musical accompaniment and collaboration skills. Students collaborate using their talents to produce songs and also become acquainted with musical styles through recordings and demonstrations. Students will be expected to write or collaborate with others to write a song at least twice in the semester. The title of this course was previously Songwriting and Creative Improvisation.

Click HERE to register

Beginning Guitar
Ann Arbor Rec & Ed
Mon. 6-7pm 1/25 - 3/21 

Grade 9-Adult. BEGINNING Calling all aspiring guitarists. Whether you are a future rock god, jazz cat or campfire strummer, basic fundamentals and a strong foundation in technique is essential. Gain the beginning skills you need to launch your musical dream. Learn chord shapes, strumming patterns and basic music theory that can be applied to almost any style of music. Bring your own guitar. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks.

Click HERE to Register 

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed
Mon. 7:15-8:15pm 1/25 - 3/21

Are you a musician or music lover who wants to learn more about what has influenced you? Trace the development of rock and roll and 20th century American and British popular music from its early blues roots to modern hip-hop. Explore the evolution of musical genres and the social contexts in which they were born. Open to musicians and non-musicians alike. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. No class 2/15.

Click HERE to Register


Hope to see you all somewhere along the way! 

: )

-Spencer

AcousticSongs 97.1 WNJR Show Video

Check out this video of Mike Vial and I's performance on WNJR 97.1 acousticsongs.com show in Washington, PA this past weekend. Had a great time traveling with Mike & chatting with host T Mitchell Bell!


Here is a track list of the songs we played & direct links if we are boring you with our scintillating wit:
: )

-Spencer

Friday, November 20, 2015

December Mini-Tour With Mike Vial

Hello Friends,

I am excited to announce that this upcoming December, I will be hitting the road for a small weekend tour with my good friend & fellow Ann Arbor singer-songwriter; Mike Vial! Mike and I are heading to Canton, OH on Friday 12/11 to play at the Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.  Music will be from 7-9pm.

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co. w/ Mike Vial
Friday, 12/11 7-9pm
No Cover, $5 suggested donation

https://www.muggswigz.com/

On Saturday, 12/12, Mike and I will be heading over to Washington, PA to play a live radio broadcast on acousticSongs on WNJR 91.7 FM! We both will be playing a few tunes on the air at 12pm & discussing our creative process. You can stream the show live here:

Live on acousticSongs WNJR 91.7FM
Saturday, 12/12 12pm

https://acousticsongs.wordpress.com/

Please also check out Mike's music if you get a chance:

http://mikevial.com


Looking forward to seeing you all on the road!

For those of you in the Ann Arbor area, keep your eyes peeled for my Beginning Guitar class at Rec & Ed starting Jan. 25th and new next semester:  R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The History of Rock & Roll class! On-line enrollment starts Dec. 14th!

Check out the description below:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The History of Rock & Roll

Are you a musician or music lover who wants to learn more about what has influenced you? Trace the development of rock and roll and 20th century American and British popular music from its early blues roots to modern hip-hop. Explore the evolution of musical genres and the social contexts in which they were born. Open to musicians and non-musicians alike. 

 https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/r-e-s-p-e-c-t-the-history-of-rock-roll-new/40972


I will also once again be teaching the MUS 146: Songwriting course at Washtenaw Community College this winter. Classes begin in January. Registration is now open here:

http://www.wccnet.edu/…/c…/information/view/class/MUS%20146/


: )

-Spencer

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall 2015: Music & Creativity Classes w/ Spencer Michaud (A2 Rec & Ed)

Looking forward to another semester at Ann Arbor Rec & Ed! This Falls offering include Beginning Guitar, Creative Empowerment & * New this semester *: Continuing Guitar: The Music of The Beatles! Classes begin Monday Sept. 21st!


Beginning Guitar


Grade 9-Adult. BEGINNING Calling all aspiring guitarists. Whether you are a future rock god, jazz cat or campfire strummer, basic fundamentals and a strong foundation in technique is essential. Gain the beginning skills you need to launch your musical dream. Learn chord shapes, strumming patterns and basic music theory that can be applied to almost any style of music. Bring your own guitar. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. Pioneer HS: $135

Sep 21, 2015 to Nov 9, 2015
Each Mo 6:30pm to 7:30pm




Continuing Guitar: The Music of The Beatles

Grade 9-Adult. CONTINUING Continue to build your guitar skills using the music of The Beatles as a guide in the fall term. Throughout the term, you add different Beatles songs to your music repertoire while you practice and improve your technique. Songs and theme change every term so this class can be repeated. Bring your own guitar. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. Pioneer HS: $135

Sep 21, 2015 to Nov 9, 2015
Each Mo 7:45pm to 8:45pm


Creative Empowerment


Are you an artist, writer or musician looking to regain your inspiration and productivity? Do you have a vision, but feel like fear, self-sabotage or guilt are holding you back? This class is inspired by the creative recovery work of authors like Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), Sark (Succulent Wild Woman) and the depth psychology of Joseph Campbell and James Hillman. Find practical solutions to inhibiting forces and replace them with artistic confidence. Empower the artist within you. Instructor: Spencer Michaud. 8 weeks. Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg; $135

Sep 22, 2015 to Nov 10, 2015
Each Tu 2pm to 3:30pm


Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Jeff Buckley


For past few years, I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing folks who are passionate about Jeff Buckley's music while paying tribute at various concerts in Chicago, Toronto & Ann Arbor. It's helped me work through the disappointment of his passing & helped me connect to the love that still lives on through his music. Today would have marked Jeff Buckley's 48th birthday. Here are a few live performances of Jeff's songs I've done over the years including a new video dug up from the archives of Last Goodbye. I'll be with fellow tributers in spirit today. Happy Birthday Jeff, we miss you.


"Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley.  Live at Crazy Wisdom Tearoom in Ann Arbor, MI. 2/14/14


"So Real" by Jeff Buckley. Live @ The 15th Annual Jeff Buckley Tribute at Uncommon Ground in Chicago, IL. 11/14/12



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-Spencer