• Summer Come Along

    On Thursday, June 18 I'll be making an appearance at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. I've been fortunate to play the festival's Top of the Park series for several years now and it's consistently one the nicest gigging experiences of the year for me. It's a wonderfully run month-long festival in a great downtown setting. I'm playing at 6pm this year on the Acoustic Stage which will be on N. University Ave. this year due to construction at the old site.

    A few days later on Saturday, June 20 I'll be in Ypsilanti at The Mix Studio Theater. The gig is hosted by my friend Rollie Tussing who has an excellent new album out this month. Rollie will do a short set of his own and Ohio bluesman Dooley Wilson will also play. The show begins at 8pm


  • Following a run of early winter gigs, I decided to take most of the spring off and focus on sessions for my next album. It's still relatively early in the tracking process, but several of the songs are really starting to take shape and I feel like I've hit my stride over the past month. The above photo is from a session I did recording Patrick Herek at his house in Northville over the weekend. I'm thrilled to be working on new music and plan to keep up the pace throughout the summer while adding a few live shows to my calendar as well.

    Here is where I'll be in June:

    Friday, 6/5 - The Tap Room - Ypsilanti, MI
    Thursday, 6/18 - Ann Arbor Summer Festival / Top of the Park - Ann Arbor, MI
    Saturday, 6/20 - The Mix Studio Theater - Ypsilanti, MI


  • This photo was taken at Lake Pukaki on the west side of New Zealand's stunning South Island where I was lucky enough to go camping last month. Even when I write songs about my friends, my family, or the comforts of home, it's frequently the wonder of travel that helps to fuel my inspirations and alter the perspectives and attitudes I have surrounding my daily life. Whether intentional or not, travelling outside of my city, state, and country (or hemisphere, in this case) provides new sights, emotions, and ideas that refill my mental reservoir. Whenever I return home from a trip, I tend to feel an immediate creative boost.

    I am always, in some form or another, working on material for a future release, but as is often the case in the rapidly changing months of Spring and Autumn, I feel hastened by the speed of life to step up my game. New songs are being written and recorded. See this photo as a sort of "album under construction" badge and know that even if you haven't heard from me in a while, you will, in fact be hearing from me. 

    April 2015

  • February Problem Solving

    Everyone knows that the best way to conquer midwinter melancholia in the Northern states is to fill your February calendar with activities. Excercise, go to museums, task yourself with demanding projects, volunteer for a charity, join an obscure society, make unnecessary shopping excursions (building credit), try to keep the sad stay-at-home drinking to a minimum, GO SEE LIVE MUSIC, etc. 

    Here, I offer you two solutions...

    Solution #1 (Big City Version):

    It's so nice when a new venue opens up. The Grand Rapids-based craft beer bar Hopcat recently opened a new location in Detroit and while many of us certainly love our craft beer, they also had the foresight to augment their new venture with what I've heard is a pretty high class performance space called The Huma Room. On Wednesday nights, the guys at Grand Circus Media are booking smaller acoustic and roots-type acts and my lieutenant/piano-henchman Patrick Herek and I will be making our Huma Room debut on Wednesday, February 11 opening for bluegrass outifit Thunderwude.


    Wed., February 11 - 8pm
    The Huma Room @ Hopcat
    4265 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit, MI 
    21+ / $5

    Solution #2 (Small Town Version):

    If heading downtown on a Wednesday isn't your joint, Pat and I will be playing a more intimate show in the intimately smaller town of Saline, Michigan which happens to be where I now live. This hometown venture will be at a secret venue that sometimes occurs above an Italian restaurant on Michigan Ave. Who doesn't love to be a part of something secretive?


    Sat., February 21 - 8pm
    Acoustic Routes Concert Series @ Mangiamo's
    107 W. Michigan Ave.
    Saline, MI
    $10 / Call 734-429-0060 for reservations
    Full bar and dinner service available


  • I'm pretty thrilled to perform at the Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, January 30th. It's a place I've loved and provides a service I've used since I first moved to the area many years ago. They've continued to grow, evolve, and adapt with the times, inspiring me to try and do the same. As the collection has spread and each regional branch taken on its own personality, I still feel a particular fondness for the old downtown building which has always felt like the center and beating heart of the city. No matter how much information I can now get from my phone or computer, I know there is still more to learn in those stacks than I'll ever be able to get to in 50 lifetimes.

    I'll be joined on piano and accordion by my good friend and longtime collaborator Patrick Herek. The show is free and will be held in the Multi-Purpose room downstairs which I'm referring to as the Room of Requirement.


  • January

    Happy new year, friends. I hope the first week of 2015 has felt optimistic and unthreatening. I took advantage of the sunny, snowless January 1st to build a fire in my backyard. It seemed a symbolic way to ring in a fresh calendar year, but I love winter campfires so I'll take any excuse to chop some wood and enjoy a day beer out in the cold.

    The holidays were relatively quiet, musically, but I've got a handful of shows coming up in January and February. I'll post more info as they approach, but here are the dates:

    Friday, January 30 - 7pm
    Ann Arbor District Library
    343 S. Fifth Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Saturday, February 21 - 8pm
    Acoustic Routes Concert Series
    107 W. Michigan Ave.
    Saline, MI

    Lastly, here is a video of the Scottish band Pilot doing their classic winter jam "January." 


  • Ahoy, partners...

    Last year's Surf & Turf debut was enough of a success to warrant an encore show. It also gives me excuse to sit in my basement learning my favorite old maritime songs, drinking whiskey and beer. But, not grog. We live in an age of booze enlightenment and as much as I romanticize these old songs, I'd prefer not to have to drink rum mixed with stagnant water. Those poor sailors. It was all they had.

    Surf & Turf (Pt. 2)
    Sunday, November 9th 
    Old Town Tavern
    122 W. Liberty St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 

    Like last year, I'll be splitting this themed night with my friend Dave Boutette, known for his golden pipes, deep bag of songs, and friendly disposition. 

    The format:

    8pm: Timothy Monger sings sea chanteys, maritime tunes, and other nautical fare.
    9pm: Dave Boutette sings cowboy songs, campfire tunes, and music of the Old West. 

    No cover charge.
    No synths.

    The galley will be serving a surf & turf special to commemorate this special event.

    Thank you Jenny Harley for the magnificent poster.


  • The Sun Machine is Coming Down...

    I'll be making several festival appearances in lower Michigan in late August. First up is Brooklyn, Michigan's charming folk festival Hollerfest where State Park and I will play alongside other fine acts like Frank Allison, the Go Rounds, and Lac La Belle on Saturday, August 23 at 1:30pm. The following day, I'll also be doing a solo set at the festival at 12:15pm. 

    A week later, I'll be up in Royal Oak for another daytime solo set at Arts, Beats & Eats playing alongside other fine acts like Night Ranger, Third Eye Blind, and the Village People on Friday, August 29 at 3:30pm.


  • Dear Jackson, MI,

    How have we stayed apart so long? I haven't sung with you since that strange night in the summer of 1999 when we borrowed that horrible makeshift PA to play weird sea chanteys and buoyant, drummerless art pop to your lawn-chaired citizens in a quiet city park that escapes my memory.

    Much has changed in the last decade and a half. We're older, but are we truly wiser? I guess that remains to be seen. You now have a lovely brewery on the shores of the Grand River and I have a much deeper well of songs describing the joys and trials of a musical life. I come to you on July 12 on my own, case in hand, to celebrate your craft beer and rekindle our friendship. Can we give it another try, Jackson?

    Saturday, July 12
    Grand River Marketplace
    117 W Louis Glick Hwy.
    Jackson, MI