• 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


  • On Thursday, June 26, I'll be warming up the beer garden at Top of the Park with a 5pm solo set at the lovely Grove Stage. Even though I am the owner of a new puppy and they won't allow dogs at the festival, I will not feel resentment because the Ann Arbor Summer Festival remains one of the city's nicest events. Because it's an early show, I will have the rest of the night to throw a disgusting old tennis ball around my driveway to wear out my energetic dog so that we can all sleep well knowing we did our best. 


  • The good news is that Timothy Monger State Park will return to the Metro Times Blowout on Saturday, May 3rd. There is no bad news.

    Saturday, May 3rd
    Traffic Jam & Snug
    511 W. Canfield
    Detroit, MI

    Timothy Monger State Park - 9pm
    El Dee - 10:15pm
    The Kickstand Band - 11:30pm
    Javelins - 12:45am

    Brought to you by the creative people at Quack! Media.


  • Winter can hang out. I don't care. All are welcome at my first outdoor gig of the season. This Friday, April 18th, I begin another series of monthly appearences at Flying Otter Winery & Vineyard out in the really rural part of Adrian, Michigan. One Friday each month, I will sing deep catalog cuts, brand new songs, and a few choice covers in their pastoral, wooden (heated and sheltered) pavilion overlooking the vineyard. It's very relaxing.


    Friday, April 18 / 6-8pm
    Flying Otter Winery & Vineyards
    3402 Chase Rd. - Adrian, MI
    Predicted forecast: 58° / 30% of rain / 100% you'll be fine


  • Headlining the Ark

    On Friday, March 14th, I will make my first appearance as a headliner at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. I've had a long history with this venue and first began playing their open mic nights when I was 15. I've been a volunteer, an opener, played tribute nights, and sat in with other bands, but now I'm very pleased to be playing my own night at this classic venue. Joining me on stage for part of the set are my esteemed colleagues and crack backing band State Park. My wonderful friends Gifts or Creatures will open the show.


  • Great Lakes Myth Society - 10th Anniversary Show

    Since the late 90's, I've been in a band with Jamie Monger, Greg McIntosh, Scott McClintock, and Fido Kennington. I've never had a more fulfilling artistic experience or a better (crazier) time hanging out than with these four wonderful friends. 

    In February 2004, after two albums released under another name, we played our first show as Great Lakes Myth Society. This Friday, February 21st, ten years later (to the day), we celebrate our 10th anniversary as GLMS with a huge show at PJ's Lager House in Detroit. Joining us are three amazing bands we've met along the way that we're proud to call friends. We'll also be celebrating the birthday of our dear friend, Jen Harley whose lovely artwork has adorned posters by all of the bands involved. 

    For more info, check out the Facebook invite here. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our music over the years and continues to do so.