MLC NEWS

Winter 2013 - The World did not end with the Mayan Calendar! And...MLC enters our 12th year together with a season of fun and business. We start out with the 4th Annual tiki-themed Cabin Fever Party. Then, it is on to a bunch of convention shows and benefits for all our favorite organizations. We have some big birthdays this year with some members hitting the big "40" and the big "50." Rocking is keeping us young and we still marvel that Life Is Too Short. Big fun on-deck for the Spring, including a couple secret projects in the works, Check out our new tunes, including a couple Monster Covers never attempted by any local band. That....is how we roll! Cheers - Tara, Steve, Tom, Kevin, Steve, Greg and Dan.

Life Is Too Short!! Fall 2012 - MLC swings into autumn with a new ArtPrize original song called "Life's Too Short," AND for the first time, we have made a music video for the song! Filmed all over Grand Rapids, the video shows the recording of the song, playing it with friends at One Trick Pony, shots at VanAndel Arena, Downtown and on the roof of Plaza Towers. The song was written by MLC drummer Doc Bloom and his daughter Alison while on the beach in Key West, and captures that realization that we shouldn't sweat the small things. The beautiful, Michigan Fall also brings shows at the United Bank Concert Series, live performances at St. Cecila Music Society and other ArtPrize events, a real unplugged show at One Trick Pony and many private events. Look also for a very important show with Troll For Trout and friends at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center to Help Restore Michigan. Support your local artists!

Rock and Roll into the Summer 2012 - Every band has a "Bucket List" of shows, songs and venues that they want to do. MLC is is checking off a big one this summer, as it has just been announced that Mid-Life Crisis will open for classic rock icon CHEAP TRICK at the Van Andel Arena on Sunday, June 24!! This show will be a blast! Joining us will be platinum record selling THE VERVE PIPE. Also, MLC is going to be opening for Kansas at the Grand Rapids Symphony Pops for 2 nights this summer. This is our second show with Kansas and we are looking forward to working with them again at this unique symphonic presentation of their music. Also on deck are more intimate shows at HarryFest, Reed's Lake, Middleville, Back from the Mac and a host of private summer events around West Michigan. Some new music being finished along with other surprises in the works. Time to get rocking....

Welcome 2012! - Thanks to all of you for making our 10th year as a band together so much fun!! ...and the rocking continues. We are back at it with a series of private shows for some wonderful West Michigan organizations; like the Spectrum Health Foundation, United Memorial Hospital, Kent County Medical Association, Travel Michigan and a host of other events. It will be a winter tour of some of Grand Rapids' most impressive venues: Grand Rapids Art Museum, Meijer Gardens, DeVos Place, to name a few. We have been working on new material during the holidays , and finalizing details on a series of shows for all the FOB's. Stay tuned for some very special shows in the works.. Looking forward to rocking with you all... MLC-Style.

Fall 2011 - MLC 10th Anniversary Concert - the big day is finally here: Friday, September 30 at DeVos Performance Hall. MLC will reflect back on 10 years of music together at a benefit concert for Kids Food Basket. We will be playing with our Friends Troll For Trout, Domestic Problems and Brian Vander Ark, along with a variety of celebrity presenters. More details at http://www.mlcband.com/10years Also, join MLC this fall at our first appearance at Billy's Night Club and the big RecoveryPalooza event at John Ball Park. Big fun after the 10 Year Party, so stay tuned....

MLC 10 Years of Fun - Summer 2011 - MLC enters it's tenth year anniversary with a fun-packed summer. Festival of the Arts kicks it off, followed by MLC's first invite to the big Local First Street Party sponsored by Founders. We are proud to be part of this big street party, which marks the first time a classic rocker band has been involved. The Grand Hotel has invited MLC to headline a Rock The Mackinaw Weekend, then we follow the racing boats back for the big Back From The Mac Yacht Race Post-Party. The big show: opening up for the classic rock giant Blue Oyster Cult at the National Baby Food Festival, then on to a series of private parties, bashes, cotillions, raves and happenings. Finishing up with a return to the intimate Collins Park Concert and Headlining the first ever Taste-Of-EGR. Stay tuned for a big announcment about a first-ever event coming in the Fall to celebrate the big 10 Year Anniversary. This one you won't want to miss!!

Spring 2011 - Spring Break Out The Jams!! - MLC takes the rowdy jams down a notch for an intimate show back at One Trick Pony, then puts on the tuxedos for the big Spectrum Gala. Spring is time to rock, so we are getting stronger cheaters for Greg with set lists with bigger font - it was inevitable. We will be playing a house party for WYCE radio along with a return after a couple of years to the wonderful Harry Fest in Otsego. The trio will also help out at the American Cancer Center walk, and get ready for Summer - on deck: a Mid-Life Weeekend on Mackinaw and opening for the classic Blue Oyster Cult. Rock On....

Winter 2011 - MLC's 10th Year Anniversary - MLC enters it's tenth year of performing being named one of Grand Rapids Best Bands for the 7th year in a row by Grand Rapids Magazine. It's been a great ride, and we feel so lucky to be having more fun than ever hanging out and making music with each other. We also feel so blessed and honored to work with many of the fabulous local musicians and artists on a number of projects dear to our hearts. Good friends, good music, good fun, and so it continues..."Cabin Fever II" kicks off in Rockford, followed by a number of corporate and charitable shows. A big party with Radio Stations WFGR and WGRD will celebrate Valentines Day at the Crown Plaza - open to the public. We have been asked to do our Unplugged Show at Kitchen 25 - named Best New Restaurant by Grand Rapids Magazine. We were honored to headline the big Saturday Night Closing Party for the first-ever Laugh Fest for Gilda's Club. This city-wide party sold 57,000 tickets with visitors from 26 states. MLC is also helping out Kenowa Hills High School and their band programs raise funds for new instruments with a feature concert at their Performing Arts Center. A big announcement will be coming later this winter for a first-time-ever event for MLC. Get ready for a year of excitement with your friends from MLC. 0

2010 Moves into Fall with MLC - The Autumn kicks off solidly with an MLC trifecta: a party honoring local celebrity Mary K Hoodhood at the Amway Thursday, then MLC's return after several years to the big stage at Celebration On The Grand Friday under the fireworks, followed by a private concert for the good folks at Amway on Saturday. We will have our first guest apparance on local TV 8 eightWest, and are looking forward to that. Then onto a number of private show, followed by our traditional annual blitz of the West Side Pulaski Days. Don't miss a very special party for St. Thomas and a return to Muskegon later in the fall, followed by the holiday party blowouts. Carpe diem.

2010 Summertime, and Mid-Lifing is Easy...What a fun way to kick off summer 2010: headlining the 2010 Festival of the Arts Circle Stage Saturday Night, then sharing the Main Stage with rock legends ZZ Top as opening band at the Muskegon Summer Celebration!!! MLC will be rocking the big finale party at the end of the Chicago-to-Macinaw Race, and helping out with the Parkinsons Show at the beach. A number of private events are on deck throught-out West Michigan and a big set of shows lining up for the fall. Also stay tuned for another big classic rock show in the works at DeVos Hall - details soon! MLC also was awarded its third golden townie award for best local band from On-The-Town magazine and had two songs named as "Best Local Songs Stuck in your head"

2010 Spring Flings: Hot off the big show with Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx at DeVos Performance Hall, Spring has begun. The show was a ball - see photos and video on the "photos" page. Catch MLC at the Pepsi Stadium Club Concert Series brought to you by WYCE and Fifth Third Ballpark. MLC will be headlining the big Spectrum Gala at DeVos Place for the first time. MLC is very excited to again team up with the Grand Rapids Symphony for a very unique musical event called "Rock The Wilcox." MLC will be joined by musicians from the GR Symphony, including strings, winds and percussion for a show featuring MLC tunes and classic rockers at the grand opening of the Symphony House. Then, MLC will do a trifecta day : opening the kick off of the Annual Fifth Third River Run, then honored to be performing The National Anthem for the race on the race starting line. That evening, MLC will then rock the Annual Tulipalooza in Holland for the big Saturday Night Headliner show with Starfarm. It's going to be quite a day. Then on to summer.....stay tuned!

Winter Fun 2010 - What a year 2009 was for MLC: we opened for several big shows with Kansas, Grass Roots, Tommy James; and rocked the DeVos Hall, Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, and Fifth Third Park; we played wonderful festivals, parties and concerts; and all the while recording, producing , and finally releasing our newest album - "It's Always Something." Whew!! So, 2010 kicks off with the wonderful news that MLC has been named Best Band in Grands Rapids by GR Magazine for the 6th year in a row, and a fun schedule of music ahead. The new album has been nominated for a Jammie Award by WYCE Radio. Several winter parties are planned, including a big Cabin Fever party hosted by WLAV's Tony Gates. A night of MLC Unplugged is on tap at One Trick Pony, along with Soup's On and a night of dancing at The B.O.B. Several other private parties in the works, and a very special event with the Grand Rapids Symphony in the works for late Winter - more details to come. The big show - MLC will be opening for the legendary Styx frontman Dennis Deyoung on the spectacular DeVos Performance Hall stage. We grew up with the music of Styx, so this will be a ball for anyone who grew up in the 70's and 80's - we hope everyone can "come sail away" with us in this beautiful auditorium. Cheers.

Finally, Autumn 2009 - The big day finally came: Saturday, October 17! The release of MLC's "It's Always Something." Nearly one year in the making, MLC poured it's heart and soul into this project. WLAV, Tony Gates, Rob Brandt and The Intersection hosted the big CD Release Party with very special guests Troll For Trout and Spencer Mulder - with all money to the GRPS SAF. It was a blowout- check out the photos page. Oh, there is also a number of other events going on this Fall, including opening up for Edgar Winter st the Celebration On The Grand, a return by popular demand to the Pulaski Days, a number of private parties and surprizes. The Holiday Season brings with it a number of private parties, but also a big party thrown by Regent Broadcasting featuring MLC - open to the public. It's going to rock! TA

utSummer 2009 - MLC Style! - MLC feels so humbled to win the 2009 On-The-Town Magazine Townie Award for "Best Local Band!" This is the third year in a row for this honor, and we want to give our deepest thanks to all the writers at the magazine and readers for their support. We were also thrilled to hear that our song "Holiday For Two" was named one of the "Top Ten Local Songs (Stuck In Your Head)" in the July issue. Thanks to everyone for listening. What better way to start out summer than a free concert by Kansas with MLC opening at 5/3 BallPark? Suffice it to say that we will not play "Carry On." What a fun summer it is: MLC is returning to HarryFest for the 3rd year with an all-star lineup of Michigan acts, our first-ever performance at the 40th Annual Festival of the Arts headlining in Prime Time, rocking the Saugutuck Waterfront Film Festival at their Opening Night Party and rubbing elbows with movie stars like Daryl Hannah, RendeZoo XX, the big Post-Party for the Chicago Mackinaw Boat Race, The Annual Rally For Hope and Hunger, Opening for the Grand Rapids Symphony and the music of Billy Joel, The Annual Cattle Baron Ball, and our VERY exciting first ever appearance at the Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series at the ampitheater. Thrown in is a number of weddings, television and radio appearances, private parties, summer park concerts, and finishing the final mix on the next album (to be released this fall). We will be trying out some of the new originals this summer at these shows along with a whole new batch of your favorite classic rock covers. The full length DVD of MLC LIVE at DeVos Performance Hall recorded in March is now available - pick up your copy at MLC shows and Sobie Meats. Also check out some clips of the show on YouTube. A couple other very exciting events are in the works - stay tuned for details. Fasten your seatbelts - Summer is going to rock.

Time for Spring 2009 - Too long of winter here in Michigan, it is time for warm weather. MLC will finish up recording at Mackinaw Harvest in April and May and start post-production on the new album. Look for a full length professional video of the Devos Performance Hall Show coming out. MLC will join our friends Dan and Lisa Verhill at One Trick Pony for another spring unplugged show to warm up some more of the new songs. Look for a fun benefit party at Founders Brewery for the local food pantries. MLC will headline the big Fifth Third River Race Kick-Off Concert and is honored to be delivering the National Anthem for this year's race. MLC continues with the Standing Together Project, with numerous appearances this spring on local radio and unplugged shows with the ST 2009 musicians. Some great private events coming up, in addition to a couple big shows in the works...bring on the heat.

WINTER 2009 - Starts out with a BANG: MLC is named "Best Band" 5th year in a row by Grand Rapids Magazine. This is a thrill for us, but also humbling, as we are really just a bunch of friends making music that we love. 2008 was one of the funnest years we have ever had together, and one of the most productive. We are putting the final touches on the Standing Together 2009 CD which will be released at a big party at The B.O.B. in February, and will be for sale at McDonald's Restaurants all over W. Michigan, along with your favorite record stores. MLC is featured along with a veritable "Who's Who" of W. Mich. talent like Brian VanerArk, Ralston Bowles, Phil, Karissa Wilson, Trout, Drew, Josh, Spencer and many others. MLC is also about halfway through our next full-length album of original music with our Producer Michael Crittenden at Mackinaw Harvest Music - look for a summer release of that. You can see production video clips on the "Photos" Page. Some big shows this winter: MLC will play Devos Performance Hall with Tommy James and the Grass Roots for the first time in March. The GR Public Museum is throwing a big Mid-Life Crisis Rock-And-Roll Party. Valentines Day will feature a big dinner party at Noto's. Back by popular demand is another "Unplugged" night at One Trick to feature some of the new songs. We are pitching in again for God's Kitchen at Soup's On 2009, and back at The B.O.B. by popular demand for a night of "Plugged" rocking. A number of private parties are also on tap, along with a few other "secret" projects and announcements that we can't disclose yet - stay tuned....

Autumn Is Here 2008 - Summer is done, and it is back to indoor shows and the studio for MLC with two exciting projects. First, work has started on the cool new Standing Together Project CD with MLC and a veritable Who's Who of West Michigan artists coming together in celebration of music for the GRPS - watch for that new CD and party after the New Year. Second, MLC has entered Mackinaw Harvest Studios with UBER-producer Michael Crittenden for the next CD of originals. All exciting new songs, with a plan to drop in 2009. MLC will start the Fall joining some of the best local talent in GR at the annual Jake's Music Fest at Wealthy Theater. Look for Andy Holtgrieve from Domestic Problems to join MLC on stage. Karissa Wilson, Truckstop Cobras and many others will be on hand to help out the JDRF. Pulaski Days is on tap at the Lexicon, with a bunch of corporate holiday parties to bring us up to the Big New Year's Party at WC. All this, and a new little addition to the band, that will roll-out as the leaves start to fall.

Summertime, and Mid-Lifing Is Easy... - The summer kicks off with a "bang" with MLC being voted "Best Band" in Grand Rapids by On-The-Town Magazine for 2008 for the second year in a row, and being awarded a Gold Townie Award by their readers poll. The Whitecaps are putting on a special Mid-Life Crisis Night to celebrate mid-season at 5/3 Ballpark. Everyone welcome! MLC will headline the Walkerfest for the first time for this annual celebration of summer. MLC will be jamming with Grand Ole Opry Star Hal Ketchum in concert. Lots of private parties and weddings in the works, and a return to the Reed's Lake Concert Series in the Park. More details to come along with some fun secrets to be revealed, with a new CD in the works.

Spring Is In The Air 2008 - MLC is back to the One Trick for an encore "Unplugged" performance. The first one was a big hit, and with a full house, there has been lots of inquiries for MLC to do it again. Then out to the lakeshore for a first ever event for the Muskegon Symphony. MLC will kick off the Fifth Third River Bank Run with a "Fire-Up" Rally, then head back to Harryfest to finish up the Spring. Recording of the new CD has started with new inspirations from all of our midlife happenings. Looking forward to summer with some big MLC surprises on the horizon......stay tuned!

Happy New Year 2008! - The year starts with the great news that MLC has been awarded "Best Band in Grand Rapids" for the unprecedented fourth year in a row by Grand Rapids Magazine in their Annual Reader's Poll. The Standing Together Project for GRPS continues with a very special Unplugged and up close show with Phil Biggs at the One Trick Pony. MLC will welcome it's newest member, Tara and returning member, Steve W (welcome back!). at this show. Also coming up is the Annual Soup's On For All, where MLC will Headline for the fifth year in a row - always one of our favorite benefits. Then on to a busy winter season. The band is also working on it's sophomore album of original music, and hope to be in the studio soon. Look for more photos and upcoming events on the "Playdates" and "Photos" page.

Fall 2007 - MLC Style! Kicks off with the dogs at the big Humane Society Bash, then Pulaski Days and the big WLAV Halloween Party at The B.O.B. November brings the world premier release of the Phil and Friends CD Release Party with WLAV at The Intersection, featuring MLC, Trout and many others who contributed to the latest installment to the Standing Together Project for GRPS. Then, it's on to the many holiday parties, finishing up with the big New Year's Eve Bash at West Catholic - open to the public. Also, this Fall, MLC is hard at work writing tunes for their sophomore album. Lot's cooking - come out and rock! F

llFRock Into Summer 2007 - Summer is off and running... THE BIG NEWS: MLC was just awarded a Golden Townie award from "On The Town" Magazine for "Best Band" in Grand Rapids.  MLC is back in the studio with Michael Crittenden and Phil Biggs for 2 cuts on the upcoming compilation album, and starting to lay early tracks for the second originals follow-up album to "It's All Good." MLC then starts with headlining the Tulip Time Bier & Muziek Festival, then Sink-A-Palooza with The Honeytones. Down the road, in Otsego, MLC will headline HarryFest with The Big E, followed by a feature on WZZM TV Live at 5 . July 4th rocks at Cascade and then the Lowell Showboat. MLC rejoins the Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops with fireworks, and returns to the Rally For Hope and Hunger to open up for Pure Prairie League at the Deltaplex. Following that is the Rogue River "After-The-Blues" Concert Series, Opening up for Mitch Ryder at the Blueberry Fest, jammin' the UICA with friends Domestic Problems, and Headlining the Cattle Baron's Ball. Lot's of private events and parties also....stay tuned. rrS

Spring 2007 - MLC kicks off spring with an on-ice performance before 11,000 hockey fans at the Griffins game St. Patrick's weekend. In addition to a number of private parties, MLC returns to the Whitecaps for a Spring "Play Hookey" game featuring a post-game party on the deck. Then it is on to MLC Headlining this year's Tulip Time Bier & Muziek Fest and the infamous HarryFest. Summer is coming fast - look for lots of fun MLC shows in the works.

2007 Arrives and MLC Named #1 Band - Mid-Life Crisis is named "Best Band In Grand Rapids" for the third year in a row in the annual Grand Rapids Magazine Readers Poll. The annual January issue also has a feature story on the band and the new album "It's All Good." The new album is also nominated for the 8th Annual WYCE Jammies Award for "Best Rock Album," "Best New Artist" and "Album Of The Year." 2007 starts out with an MLC tradition: the annual Soup's On For All event at The B.O.B. Look for a number of unique and fun events this winter in the works, including another "unplugged" appearance by popular demand and other rocking parties in the works. Don't forget to pick up the album - it is nearly sold out of it's first pressing, and you can pick up your MLC T-shirts and can coolies at any gig.

2006 Fall Is Here! - The big news; MLC's first album, "It's All Good" was released on September 22!~ Fifth Third Bank, Meijer and DoranDerwent Joined media sponsor WLAV and the Intersection in putting on the big MLC Benefit Concert for the Grand Rapids Public Schools Student Advancement Foundation. This party rocked with over 800 people raising nearly $18,000 for GRPS. Pick up your copy in the stores or on-line. Now, the fall kicks in with a number of private and public parties as MLC heads into the holiday season.

Summer MLC Style -MLC kicked off the 2006 summer with a huge concert under the Mackinaw Bridge at the Hospice Of Mackinaw Bike Rally. On deck is a full summer highlighted by a first-time show at the Muskegon Summer Celebration before the Steve Miller Concert, a return to the Whitecaps Fireworks Night, and headlining the Cattle Baron's Ball. The biggest summer news is the release of MLC's first ever all-originals album It's All Good. Watch the web site for details on a CD release party and where the album can be purchased. Should be a fun summer - hold on tight!

MLC Welcomes 2006 - Thanks to everyone voting MLC "The Best Band In Grand Rapids 2006" for a second year in a row in the Grand Rapids Magazine Annual Readers Poll! MLC was voted number 1 from 35,000 votes this year - total votes were up 30% over last year. MLC rocked a sold-out show for New Year's Eve at The Top Of The B.O.B. at the biggest party in town. The holiday season was packed with fantastic private parties and we enjoyed getting to know many new FOB's. The big news for winter is that MLC is finalizing their first all-originals classic rock CD with Michael Crittendon engineering. This CD (we still call it an "album," don't you mid-lifers?) is full of songs truly about our mid-life crises. We touch on everything from aging, to our kids, to our parents and our worries. A very unique collaboration with song writer Phil Biggs is available at local record stores named Shop Floor. It is a haunting song about the struggles of our manufacturing community. We hear your complaints about lack of public or open gigs to come hear MLC. We will try to squeeze a bar gig or public venue in during the winter, and don't forget the annual Soup's On where MLC again will headline at The B.O.B. It is an event open to the public and very worthy. Hope to see everyone there.

Time to Fall into Fall! - Great summer of outdoor events for MLC, finishing up with a big opening for the Marshall Tucker Band at the Cattle Baron Ball. Now, it is on to the Fall schedule, starting out with a big show where MLC will open for Eddie Money at the Celebration On The Grand. Don't forget the big Halloween party at The B.O.B. A number of great events are planned for the rest of the year where you can catch MLC live. Look at the "Playdates" page for more info. MLC continues with work on original music and will be in the studio this fall and winter. Stay tuned.

Bring On The Summer! - MLC shared the stage with local legends Troll For Trout and Phil Biggs at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Concert For Literacy. It was a great event, and raised money for the GRPS literacy programs. Then, MLC headlined the next night at the first ever WOODen shoeSTOCK at the Dutch Village. Now it is time to move into the summer schedule, and hope for sunny skies for all the outdoor events. See everyone there.

Is It Spring Yet - 2005? - Welcome to all of the new FOB's. Spring for MLC is turning out great. We kicked it off with a huge show at the Orbit Room for our great friends Tony Gates and Uncle Buck from LAV to celebrate their 10th anniversary together. MLC got to open up in front of 2,000 people for The Tubes! What a great party! The summer is filling up with a number of private shows and squeezing in a few public events to catch MLC. Don't forget the third annual Cattle Baron's Ball where MLC will perform with The Marshall Tucker Band. Stay tuned as it looks like a rocking summer.

Welcome 2005 -We finished up a very fun and busy year with a country club tour including Cascade, Kent, Penn and Blythfield Country Clubs. Hello to all the new FOB's, and thanks to everyone for such a great year. We start 2005 with some very exciting news - MLC being named "Best Band" in Grand Rapids" by over 25,000 voters in the Annual 2005 Grand Rapids Magazine Readers Poll. We are kicking off the winter with two great fundraisers for the GR Public Schools and God's Kitchen. Also in the works is the upcoming Mid-Life Crisis album of original songs. We are in the process of recording it at Meat Locker Studios and are hoping for a Spring release.

Fall Fun - K-Wing-A-Palooza kicks off the fall featuring MLC in a season opening concert. Cascade Country Club "Breaks All the Rules" and lets its members wear jeans, use cell phones and drink (gasp!) keg beer in the Clubhouse! MLC has certainly been a bad influence on that club. Then it's on to some wonderful holiday parties and a great fund raiser for St. John's Home. More information to follow. MLC is also trying to squeeze in a public party during this time. Stay tuned for details.

2004 Cattle Baron Ball -
MLC played for a packed house at the Alticor Airplane Hanger to benefit the American Cancer Society. Headlining the night was recording star Sammy Kershaw, who performed all his greatest hits. The band pulled together all it's best country-sounding music including a few new ones from the Allman Brothers and Mary Chapin Carpenter, but also couldn't help but crank out some classic MLC rock from Chicago and Elton John. A fun night in a neat setting for a great cause - could not have been better.

MLC Performs A Musical Double Header - MLC had a marathon music day on a beautiful summer day on July 24. It started with the Rally For Hunger party, where the band partied with hundreds of bikers with a pig roast, biker games and Harley raffle at Bertha Brock Park with WLAV, Wild Boar Harley, Rockford Construction and the VanAndel Institute. The band then packed up the whole party and tour bus and moved up the road to Marne where they headlined for the final night of the Berlin Fair under a gorgeous summer night sky. Quite a day for a bunch of middle-age folks, but a great time for all.

Grand Rapids Downtown Fourth Of July Fireworks Celebration - Thanks to Tony Gates and WLAV Radio and Grand Entertainment for rescuing the July 4th celebration, and asking MLC to perform along with Brian VanderArk, Freekbass, Jimmy Stagger and others. We dodged another weather bullett that night, and were able to pull off a great show for the city crowd at Ah-Nabe-Wan Park in front of the Ford Museum. Great fireworks and great crowd! We rolled out new songs and featured the 10 piece version with full horns and Bill and Terry joining on guitars. A fun night for everyone.

Ball Game Fun - Thanks to everyone for coming out to another beautiful night under the stars at 5/3's ballpark on June 19. Unfortunately, our West Michigan Whitecaps lost, but MLC had a great time playing for 10,076 fans under the fireworks. We even got a chance to jam with Whitecaps Manager Matt Walbeck on guitar after the game. Again, many thanks to Micky Graham and his wonderful staff for such a great job. We also had fun at the ballpark later that week playing for the Catholoc Social Services Celebrity Softball match which came off despite a 6th inning rainstorm. Thanks to everyone for their hospitality.

Rampage Football Game - Sorry to everyone who showed up for the rained out pre-game party before the Rampage game. The street party was cancelled, but MLC got moved into the arena and we got to play an hour long pre-game show inside Van Andel Arena. Unfortunately, 6500 fans watched the Rampage lose to the Detroit Fury. Better luck next year!

Summer News - Lots of fun MLC events this summer! We will be back for an encore performance at a White Caps game in June - Details are being worked out for a 4th of July show - stay tuned. July also links us up again with WLAV for the annual Road Rally Party. August brings the big Cattle Baron's Ball at Cannonsburg. We look forward to seeing the Friends Of The Band (FOB's) at all the great private parties, weddings and events also scheduled throughout the summer. Watch the website for specific details on each upcoming event.

Wealthy Theater Mid-Life Crisis Party Is A Huge Success - WOW! What a great party, thanks to all of our friends. MLC has some of the best friends around, and we really appreciate how much fun you make these parties. MLC played to a sell-out crowd (over 700 ticket requests had to be turned down) in the beautifully restored, historic Wealthy Theater. It was a great night to welcome our newest member, Walt Gutowski, and rock the house in MLC style. Big thanks to theater manager Andy Sheneman and his wonderful staff. They did a wonderful job of putting on the show, lighting and security. For those of you who have not visited the Wealthy Theater, you should do so - it really is beautiful. MLC hopes to perform there again.

Is It Spring Yet? - Thanks to everyone who showed up to the WLAV Valentines Party. Over 300 people were turned away, as Cannonsburg was full by 8 pm. Sorry to everyone who was turned away. The Fire Marshal made a surprise appearance. Many thanks to Tony Gates and Kathy of WLAV Radio for keeping the crowd under control. We said goodbye to our retiring friend Steve on guitar, and welcomed our new musician, Walt. MLC is looking forward to seeing everyone on March 27 at the Wealthy Theatre - this will be a big one, so get your tickets now!

Winter Rocking - MLC is still playing holiday parties through January and February, but we just booked an exciting "return engagement" at Cannonsburg for Valentines Day on Saturday February 14, 2004. Mark your calendars and come out for a casual night of fun. Also come out to the Soup's On charity on January 26 at the BOB, where we will be featured from 6:30 to 10:30.

Fall Fun - The Fall and holiday season are off and running for MLC. What a great time we had at the various parties, hoping we helped everyone face their own mid-life crises! Thanks to the Association For The Blind - what a great cause and event. Cascade Country Club may never be the same after their "Break All The Rules" Party. MLC is looking forward to seeing everyone for the holiday parties. We are trying to squeeze in a bar gig also, so stay tuned.

Celebration On The Grand - Thanks to everyone who showed up for an incredible night of rock and roll featuring Dave Mason from the band Traffic. MLC had a great time warming up for him and his fantastic band on a beautiful downtown night. Many thanks to our good friends Tony Gates and WLAV radio for their hospitality. We had a great time hanging out backstage to watch the fantastic fireworks. Tina even talked Dave Mason into serving her lasagna when she got impatient with the caterer - she's such a rock star!

Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops - WOW! MLC dodged a weather bullet both nights of our performance with the GR Symphony and the band America. Thursday was beautiful, but the weathermen were threatening rain at any time - it didn't happen. Friday, as we were setting up to perform, a huge rain storm came along with hail. To make matters worse, Cannonsburg then lost all power about an hour before we were supposed to play. The crowd never knew how close it came to cancelling the concert. Just as the clouds broke up, we got power. MLC ("the little band that could") jumped into our set and kept the crowd going as they got the rest of the power and equipment restored to get America on stage on time. We had a great time after our set, enjoying the rest of the concert and listening to Ventura Highway, Horse With No Name, and many other classics.

Taste of Grand Rapids - Thanks to 101.3 and B93 for sponsoring a 2 hour concert at the first annual Taste of Grand Rapids held at the 5/3 ball park. It was another beautiful summer night and the first chance for the newest addition to the band, Tim Sobie, to join us on sax.

Take me out to the Ball Game! What a great night at the White Caps baseball game on Saturday, July 12, 2003. MLC played to a crowd of 10,000 in a pre-game concert, between innings, and during fireworks after the game. After the fireworks, a mini-concert continued well after most people had left. We want to thank Lew Chamberlain and the wonderful Whitecaps staff for their hospitality, excitement and help to pull off this experimental event. Special thanks to events coordinator, Micky, who organized and ran the event. Without him, it would not have worked.

Do you need a band tonight? We were as disappointed as the FOB's at Egypt Valley Country Club were about the rain cancelled party on June 26th. But in true rock-n-roll fashion, we pulled off a coup that will go down in MLC history as a classic rock story. With the band loaded up and no place to play, we went down to Founder's Brewery on Monroe for a beer to drown our sorrows. After looking around the room, we asked the manager if he had a band tonight, he said, "No". We said, "Do you want one?" The rest is history. We set up and played to a surprised Saturday night crowd and had a great time meeting a bunch of new FOB's. - And in true rock-n-roll fashion, we played for beer. Thanks to the owner, Kevin, and Founder's Brewery. It went great and we look forward to returning for an "official" gig.

Still several public places to see the band this summer click here to go to the "Play Dates" page.

 

Though many of our bookings are private parties, we are trying to make an effort to book occasional public appearances for our fans to come see us. Watch our website for upcoming gigs, or email us to hire us for your party.

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