“Play You Must” Michael Smith Enewsletter – Feb/Mar/April gigs

Michael P. Smith, Songwriter
February E-Newsletter

  • Poetry Foundation
  • Feb. Mar. April Concerts
  • with Anne Hills
  • Weavermania and Songs of a Catholic Childhood

Hear Michael perform The Man with the Blue Guitar and more
Feb 9/10 at the Poetry Fdn

The man bent over his guitar,
a sheersman of sort,
The day was green.
They said “You have a blue guitar
you do not play things as they are.”
The man replied: “Things as they are,
are changed upon the blue guitar”.
And they said then, “But play you must,
a tune beyond us, yet ourselves,
a tune upon the blue guitar
of things exactly as they are.”
(poem: Wallace Stevens The Man with the Blue Guitar)


A Note from Michael. I’m honored to be part of the Poets & Music series in “And the Poet Sang” at the Poetry Fdn this weekend.

I’ve set a fair amount of poems to music.
This is a good chance to hear them performed with the talented Peter Swenson playing guitar with Jamie O’Reilly and me. After that, we’re bringing “And the Poet Sang” (with Jamie & me) to LIBRARIES.

My solo shows often have words of poets and writers: Wilde, Steinbeck and others, along with my original tunes. Good for your HOUSE CONCERT situation and concert halls. Contact Jamie about booking those.

My cool friend
Leo Segedin‘s website features a performance of my Hey Kid from the There CD as aural background to a presentation of some of Mr. Segedin’s poignant and extraordinary paintings of Chicago and I am so proud in every way to be associated with this singular painter.
See a slideshow of
Leo Segedin’s paintings, accompanied by Michael’s song Hey Kid. http://www.leopoldsegedin.com/video_hey_kid



The Poetry Foundation Presents
And the Poet Sang: The Heart’s Place
Jamie O’Reilly and Michael P. Smith
with Special Guest Peter Swenson
Songs settings of the great poets
Saturday, Feb 9, 7:00PM
Sunday, Feb 10, 3:00PM

Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior
Free admission
Phone/Website: 312.787.7070; http://poetryfoundation.org

This event is free on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before a program.

And the Poet Sang: The Heart’s Place features celebrated duo Jamie O’Reilly and Michael P. Smith performing songs of love—love of place, heart, and homeland. They are joined by Peter Swenson on guitar.

The trio will perform original song-settings of poems by luminaries ranging from Gabriela Mistral and Frederico García Lorca to Anne Carson and ancient Irish and Chinese writers. Material from Smith and O’Reilly’s folk cabarets, Pasiones: Songs of the Spanish Civil War and Hello Dali: From the Sublime to the Surreal, will also be featured.

Michael Smith Concert
Saturday, Feb 16 at 8PM
Trinity House Theatre
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
PH: 734.464.6302
Email: tickets@trinityhousetheatre.org

Michael Smith House Concert
Sunday, Feb 17 at 7PM
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119
Host: Doug (Keith) Burton
Please call to reserve a seat
Email: kburton66@yahoo.com
PH: 812.725.3611

Michael Smith Concert
Friday, March 1 at 7 PM
Bridgewater Lofts
215 10th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Reservations Rick: Days 952.368.3156;
Email: rick@ciamn.com
The concert is in the Community room. Potluck at 5:30 PM.

Saturday, March 2 at 8 PM
Michael Smith House Concert
Old Kitchen Rug Brewery
St. Louis Park, MN  55426
Reservations: Al Boyce 763.412.6836
E: alboyce@comcast.net


Thursday, March 7 at 8PM
Michael with Anne Hills
Godfrey Daniels
7 East Fourth Street
Bethlehem, PA
PH: 610.867.2390; http://www.godfreydaniels.org

Friday, March 8 at 8PM
Michael with Anne Hills
A Place for Folk Concert Series
First Unitarian Society of Schenectady
1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
PH: 518.377.0002; www.aplaceforfolkmusic@gmail.com

Saturday March 9 at 4PM
With Anne Hills
House Concert ay Mark & Robin Schaffer’s
Rockaway, Morris County, NJ
Tickets, Info, Pay Pal:  folkproject.org or 201-207-8696

Sunday March 10th with Anne Hills
Concerts at the Beach House (Philadelphia Area)
For reservations and directions:610-626-0012


March 16 House Concert near Chicago
Locale tba

on the Road
With Michael Smith
as the voice of Lee Hays
April 5—6 at 7:00PM
Big Muddy Folk Festival
Thespian Hall
Main & Vine
Boonville, Missouri

PH: 660.882.7821 or 888.588.1477


Save-the-dates for Songs of A Catholic Childhood
in Romeoville, IL – Traverse City, MI – and Chicago

Songs of a Catholic Childhood on the road
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30PM
Sancta Alberta Chapel
Lewis University
Romeoville, IL 60446
Host: Mike Cunningham, PH: 815.836.5380
Email: CunninMi@lewisu.edu

Songs of a Catholic Childhood on the road
Sunday, April 13 at 7PM
Produced by Seamus Shinners
Williamsburg Dinner Theater
Acme, MI Venue Site:kateringbykellys.com


Songs of a Catholic Childhood Special Event
Judi and Graham Heikes Present
Songs of a Catholic Childhood Patron’s Party
Sunday, April 21 from 6 – 9PM
Music by Michael Smith & Jamie O’Reilly
Talk by esteemed Journalist Robert McClory:
“A Dilemma for Modern Catholics: From Childish Belief to Adult Faith”

Heikes Home in Glen Ellyn Il
RSVP: 773.203.7661; jamie@jamieoreilly.com
$40 person. Light supper, dessert. Limited seating.



Saturday April 27 at 8 PM
Michael with Jamie O’Reilly & Friends
Roots Salon – Grand reopening
Lincoln Square, Chicago

$20  and BYOB
RSVP for address: roots@jamieoreilly.com



Jamie O’Reilly
Booking Agent
J. O’Reilly Productions
Cultural Arts Consulting and Artist Management
Chicago, Il
Cell/Text 773.203.7661


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