Our next show is Dec. 7 – Michael On Fire


Longtime participants in Tales from the Tavern are well familiar with Michael On Fire, but familiarity is not predictability, and no matter how many times we see MOF, it’s always different.

That is the result of a lifetime commitment – to self-expression, and to being a musician – playing original music;
a commitment that has carried him over millions of road miles, across six decades of gigging, touring and recording,
and an approach in which the real-life experiences that mark one’s path and journey go into and come out as – songs; words and music.

Michael has 23 albums – hundreds of songs commercially available – heard on radio, TV, in films, and covered by other groups and singers. His works consistently show up on “Best Of” and “Top 10” lists, yet he remains a music business outsider.

His performances, whether solo or with an ensemble, draw heavily on spontaneity, improvisation and creation-in-the-present- moment, and while they differ from show to show, what is always there, consistently, is the depth – of the songs and the emotion.

“It was one of the most powerful and personal perfor­mances I’ve ever seen. Michael On connects with something deep in the psyche in a way that makes you feel you have known the songs and ranged over the emotion of them your whole life. His tunes are as though they were preordained in memory, though I had never heard his music before.”
– Tom Cochrun, Peabody Award-winning journalist and documentarian

Joining Michael on this night will be Bear Erickson, Bill Flores and Ronn Cobb; musicians who are not only capable but also unafraid of living on the edge in a public performance. Together, the breadth and depth of the skills and sensibilities of this group make for a colorful musical experience and a heart-vibration.

“It’s honest, rootsy music by a veteran artist who makes music on his own terms regardless of current fads and fancies – we celebrate artists like that, especially when the music is of such a uniformly high quality.” – Maverick Magazine (U.K.)

So do we, and we are thrilled to close out our 20-Year celebration with Michael On Fire.

Artists who have performed
at Tales from the Tavern:

Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Eric Andersen – Joan Baez – Sam Baker – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham – Birds of Chicago – Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Bill Carter – Carlene Carter – Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Jacob Cole – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass – John Corbett – Marshall Crenshaw – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Rodney Crowell – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – Ruben Lee Dalton – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Aireene Espiritu – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss – Jeffrey Foucault – Tom Freund – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson – Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen – Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Erin Inglish – Johnny Irion – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight – Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley – Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – The Long Ryders – Shelby Lynne – Michelle Malone – The Mammals – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue – Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Jonathan McEuen – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt – Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson – Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell – Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge – Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith  Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Forest Sun – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor  – Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Karen Tobin – Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch –  Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams – The Young Dubliners