Join us on Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM for Michael Shoup and DJ Phillips as part of their Midwest Quest Of Bluesy Folk-Rock
Michael Shoup has been working full time in the music industry since 2004. His tour experience ranges from house concerts, radio shows, and bars to festivals and state fairs. He has been featured as a spotlight performer at highly coveted showcase slots at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX as well as the CMJ Film Festival in New York City. Michael has toured with The Stone Temple Pilots and has also worked with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Kelly Clarkson. Michael’s music is genuine and melodically timeless. He has even made an impression on Steven Schwartz (composer and lyricist of the musical, Wicked) who flew Shoup to his home in Los Angeles to perform a cover of “Defying Gravity.”
And in his words: I’m a dude and play guitar, so I’ve heard people say I remind them of John Mayer, Ryan Adams, or a decaffeinated Jason Mraz. Personally I like to think of my music as one part Jackson Browne, one part Hall & Oates, two big scoops of everything I heard from my stereo in the ‘90’s while ignoring my math homework, and a sprinkling of Sesame Street optimism. I learned to play guitar with The Beatles, Tom Petty, and James Taylor. e.e. cummings showed me that it’s not always what you say, but what you don’t say and how you say it.
I’ve lived, loved, learned, and worked in the music industry for the greater part of 10 years. I’ve been A&R at an indie record label. I’ve helped build websites for artists like Lady Antebellum and Kelly Clarkson. I’ve played as a side-man for regional and national touring acts. But all of these have had one common thread; communicating music. My hope through songwriting is to connect with you guys, the readers, listeners, and music participators, in a way that I’ve only touched on so far. To start conversations. To make us ask ourselves the big, and the little questions… and then laugh about them a lot after. So here I am, writing for you, if only because I know there’s nothing else in the world I’d rather be doing.
Joined by DJ Phillips
After over a decade as a professional guitarist for theater shows, studio recordings and touring acts, djphillips has decided to forge a path of his own. With his ever-growing catalogue of catchy melodic songs in tow, dj is hitting the road.
Past projects have generated two successful UK tours, hundreds of live performances in the U.S. and produced placements on TV shows like MTV’s “The Real World” and Oxygen’s “Bad Girl’s Club”.
Simple snacks are provided. Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.
A $10 -$15 donation that goes directly to the performers the night of is suggested.
Guests should RSVP in advance to reserve a seat by contacting Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or email@example.com.