On Independence Day, a note from Michael.
MPS17For me July has always been a time for scary stuff. It’s when I had the most time to go to the South Orange library (next door) when I was a kid, and it’s when I discovered Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival, which is a pretty scary book when you are thirteen. I also found Shirley Jackson (The Adventures Of The Demon Lover) in the summertime, and I am still learning just how scary Shirley Jackson can be. Both Ms. Jackson and Mr. Bradbury were a revelation to me: that scary stories didn’t have to be all musty and dusty and ancient like Edgar Allen Poe or Lord Halifax. The first songs I ever really loved had an element of the supernatural to them: Ghost Riders In The Sky, for instance, and Zombie Jamboree. So now i’m getting some tunes together for a show with Jamie O’Reilly in the fall that is nothing but scary songs. Man, this is so much more fun than going to an office. Or a laBORatory, as Mr. Karloff used to say. So…Happy Fourth!; so glad we’re independent and don’t have to finance Queen Elizabeth, bless her heart.  
AND Mr. Franco is still dead.
(Photo 1958, New Jersey)

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Michael’s latest scheduled dates follow here.


Michael with Jamie O’Reilly & Friends
Sat Aug 16 5:30 PM-10 PM
Jamie O’Reilly’s RootsFest
(backyard music fest in Lincoln Square, call for address)
PH 773.203.7661; roots@jamieoreilly.com

Sat Sept 6 at 9 PM
3800 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL  60613
PH 773.929.3680
uncommonground.comFri Sept 12 at 8 PM

Friday Sept 12 at 7 PM
Front Porch Music
505 E. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Host, Chad Clifford PH: 219.464.4700
E: fpm@frontporchmusic.com

Sat Sept 20 at 4:30 and 8 PM
Songwriter’s Workshop & Concert
Madison Songwriters Guild
Madison, WI
Host: Rich Baumann
More tba

The Salon at the Heritage Center
With Jamie O’Reilly, Young Irish Musicians open
Fri Sept 26 at 8 PM
Songs of a Catholic Childhood
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 North Knox Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
PH: 773-282-7035;
E: jamie@jamieoreilly.com

Sun Sept 28 at 2 PM
Lisle Public Library
777 Front St
Lisle, Il
E: docunningham@gmail.com


William-Adolphe_Bouguereau_(1825-1905)_-_The_Day_of_the_Dead_(1859)Mon Oct 27 at 7 PM
Theatrical Reading with Music
“Epitaphs and Apparitions”
featuring Michael Smith’s music
St. John’s Episcopal Church
3857 N. Kostner
Chicago, IL

Jamie O’Reilly & Co present “Epitaphs and Apparitions”, wherein a diverse ensemble of readers from Chicago’s acting community embody voices from the beyond, in selections of end of life and afterlife stories.  Passages from literature, poetry and drama as rendered by Masters of American of 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries are featured. With original music by Michael Smith who performs musical selections from a quirky collection of “from the graveyard” songs.  Setting of works by Edgar Lee Masters (Spoon River Anthology), Herman Melville (Moby Dick), Edward Gorey (The Vinegar Works), Shirley Jackson and the like, as well as new pieces, created for the program will be heard.  


Sat Nov 1 at 8 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
326 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880

Sun Nov 2 at 4:30 PM
House Concert Hosted by Tom Kennedy
18 Pleasant St.
Winooski, VT
PH: 802-735-5359; E: etomkennedy@gmail.com

November 6,7, 8, 9
The 20th annual Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters
Public Concert on Sat
Birchwood Inn
7077 S. Lakeshore Drive
Harbor Springs, MI, 49740
Directed by John D. Lamb
PH: Springfed: 248.589.3913
E: johndlamb@ameritech.net

Sat November 15 at 7:30 PM
Tomorrow River Concerts
Lettie Jensen Community Center
Amherst, WI
PH: 715-824-5202 Visit: jensencenter.org/concerts.html

November tour with Anne Hills
Tues Nov 18 at 6:30 PM
The Hayner Public Library District
401 State St., Alton, IL  62002
PH: 618-433-2857

Thursday, Nov 20
House Concert
Mike Shirkey hosts
Fayetteville, ARK

Fri Nov 21 at 8 PM
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse
Northpark Presbyterian Church
9555 N. Central Exp
Dallas,  TX
PH:  214-363-0044

Sat Nov 22 at 7 PM
Habitat House Concerts
10037 Hazelhurst
Houston, TX  77080
Hosted by Selia Quinn
PH 281- 772-7100; E: selia@selia.com

Sun Nov 23 at 3 PM
Ar Haven House Concerts
Austin, TX


TBA late Nov: Florida tour. Dec:  NY state and holiday shows.
Stay up to date on FACEBOOK and his site michaelpetersmith.com.

For bookings contact Jamie O’Reilly: mps_booking@jamieoreilly.com

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