Don’t Think Twice!

For the 4 months prior to the COVID lock-down, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of forming a band with a group of friends: Don’t Think Twice.

A cross-generational group, we bonded over simpatico tastes in music and a love of singing and playing. With three songwriters, four-part harmony and five decades of U.S. and Canadian rock and folk to draw from, we were on a run of great shows before the virus changed things.

Don’t Think Twice is Steve Polyak on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Mehgan Nolte on guitar and vocals, Raya Polyak on vocals and me on guitar, bass(!) and vocals.

In our short run we’ve played The Grotto at The Rendevous, Northwest Cellars and The Couth Buzzard. I hope to hell you get a chance to see us soon.

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Return to Tumbleweed!

I’ll be playing the Tumbleweed Music Festival in bucolic Howard Amon Park in Richland, Washington this Labor Day weekend!

My set is Sunday, September 1, 2019, on the West Stage from 5:45-6:30pm.

Tumbleweed is a truly magical event, driven by volunteers and an extended community that loves its acoustic music, and especially songwriters! Hope to see you there!

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Barrel-aged Folk & Pop at Northwest Cellars June 14

Steve Polyak and I are at Northwest Cellars for our only spring show, Friday June 14th from 5:30-8:30pm.

At Northwest Cellars, 12/18

Steve is a great harmony singer and we’ve worked up a mix of heartfelt and quirky originals and tasty covers for you. Here’s a couple of tunes we recorded this winter:

Big Wheel
The Great Wheel on the Seattle waterfront is the latest symbol of the impact of circles money on the Puget Sound region.

Kids on a Train
Steve Polyak original about a life-changing moment in his Grandfather’s life.

Mad World
‘Nuff said

Northwest Cellars is a lovely room to listen to music while sampling their lineup of award winning wines. Bob Delf is a master blender and Steve and I are huge fans of their reds! In addition the Northwest Cellars crew puts out a great spread of food and they love to talk about and show off their wines. So come and join us!

Friday June 14, 2019
Northwest Cellars
11909 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034 (map)
5:30-8:30 pm

Steve Polyak at Weird Signals studio

Steve in the studio

Mike Buchman at Weird Signals Studio

Mike in the studio

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Mike & Steve’s Antidote to Black Friday

Steve Polyak and I return to Grumpy D’s Friday, November 24,  7-9pm.
7001 15th Ave. NW. No cover, all ages!

a40e293e-f230-40b9-888d-5142562aa443Join us for an evening of intimate music, good friends, long-distance family, good eats and drinks. And music, from deeply personal originals to power pop covers featuring fancy picking and tight harmonies. And leftover pumpkin pie.

Here’s a slice straight from the oven. It’s my newest song and YOU are the first to hear it.

Hope you can join us!

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Heading back to Tumbleweed!

I’m thrilled to be playing the 2017 Tumbleweed Music Festival, this Labor Day Weekend, in bucolic Howard Amon Park on the shores of the mighty Columbia River in Richland, WA.

I’ve got a set 5:30pm on Sunday, Sept. 3 at the new Arts Gallery Stage, sponsored by
KPND 95.3 radio. You can find the complete festival schedule heremike.

Tumbleweed is a sweet festival that highlights regional and nationally-known singer-songwriters.

The  Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest is a centerpiece of the festival. This year’s theme is “Harmony” and 10 finalists will perform their songs Saturday at 4:15pm at the West Stage.

My song “Visual Harmony” was named an alternate to the finalists, so if any of the 10 happen to miss the festival, I might get to join in! This is my third time as an alternate, to go with one time as a finalist for my tune “Bridge Don’t Rise.”

Tumbleweed is an ideal way to spend Labor Day weekend, lounging under the shade trees and enjoying the finest in new acoustic music. Hope you can join us!

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Updated pic

mike with beardOh shit, I grew a beard and never updated all the pics. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

Played a great gig last month as a benefit for the family of Joe Misuda, Victory Music President who suffered a tragic, fatal bike accident. My good friend Steve Polyak joined me for a few songs and I debuted my sparkly electric guitar, a Danelecto Hodad!

Steve Wacker shared the bill. We packed Egan’s Ballard Jam House and raised over $600 to help with Joe’s uncovered medical care. Good community vibe!

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Wild-crafted songs at the Couth

falltourI’ll be joining the lovely and talented Bill Davie an evening of wild-crafted-crafted, hand-formed, organic, locally-sourced songs! Drop on by and grab a fistful of sound and mixed metaphors! Warning: this performance may contain banjos.

Saturday Sept 20 @ The Couth Buzzard

8310 Greenwood Avenue North

7:30 – 9:30 (2 sets each!)

always free, always fun

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