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King Mixer Releases New Holiday Song

King Mixer Single: Baby Please Come Back for ChristmasJust in time for your holiday season, King Mixer delivers a brand new stocking stuffer. Recorded in November of this year at Chicago’s renowned Rax Trax Recording Studios, Baby Please Come Back (For Xmas) is reminiscent of classic time-honored traditions in rock n roll, and yet, it’s new!  Stream it to your stocking, or gift it for the music lovers in your life.  Happy Christmas from King Mixer!

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King Mixer @ Carbondale’s Sunset Concert Series 7/6/17

Attention all Southern Illinois folk!

Having spent considerable time on the streets of Carbondale, IL some time ago, King Mixer returns to the home of the Salukis with a landmark concert during the town’s Sunset Concert Series this July 6, 2017.  The band will play a two hour set of both covers and songs off King Mixer’s ‘Hang On’ LP in the sweltering heat, backed by The King Mixer Horns and a few special guests all on one stage.  This show marks the very first King Mixer performance for new rhythm section Justin Loftus (bass) and Colin Rambert (drums). The date of July 6 also happens to mark the 60th anniversary of The Day John Met Paul, and King Mixer will mark the occasion with a performance of Eddie Cochran’s ’20 Flight Rock’, from the auspicious surroundings of an open field in Carbondale’s Turley Park, under a gazebo.  The very same gazebo that Eric Howell performed under some 30 years ago with his Carbondale band, The Reform.  It just keeps getting weirder.

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King Mixer Releases New Anthem Honoring Chicago Cubs

We DID it.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series on November 2nd, 2016, and you are alive, right here, right now, to bear witness.  To celebrate this truly monumental occasion King Mixer hit the recording studio in October during the Series, and in a marathon 14 hour session, recorded ‘We’re Goin’ All The Way!‘ to musically will the Cubs into winning the World Series.  After 108 years, the 2016 Chicago Cubs went on to do just that.  This is our song about that. 

Contributors to this recording include:  King Mixer (all vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, bass), Matt “Nelly” Nelson (keys and synths)                        studio owner/engineer Craig Williams at Dr. Caw Recording, and oh yeah: Randy Antlept (Drums) has been a beer vendor at Wrigley Field for 37 years (that’s not a typo). Randy generously took part in the recording of ‘We’re Goin’ All The Way’   during his one “day off” from running beer, between Series Games 2 and 3.  Randy gets the game ball.

But wait…there’s more! We have a fantastic video for the song, produced in real time as this saga unfolded (and in record time) by the talented young upstart Mr. Michael Filek, a film major Freshman at Columbia College Chicago. Mike and his crew did an outstanding job out in the field and in the editing room, all between Game 4 and Game 7.   Take a look.

As the dust begins to settle from the aftermath, now is the perfect time to reflect on our recent glories. Get the track, HERE.  Proceeds from downloads of this song going to Cubs Care charities.  Congratulations, Chicago Cubs: World Series Champions 2016!  Ok! Let’s get some runs!

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King Mixer at Taste of Chicago, Friday July 8th 2:30PM

Summer’s here, and the time is right…for taking a long lunch if you work downtown!

King Mixer is excited to be performing at Taste of Chicago this Friday July 8th, on the ‘Rock n Roll’ stage from 2:30 – 3:40PM.  Head on over to the corner of Columbus and Balbo for an hour of King Mixer music in the (hopefully) sweet sunshine of the great outdoors in the fine city of Chicago!

We had a tremendous turn out for the King Mixer album release show last month at Martyr’s in Chicago.  Once again the core band of Red Pop Fury will serve as the King Mixer band, joined by some very special guests this Friday. C’mon out to The Taste!

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KING MIXER RECORD RELEASE SHOW @ MARTYRS JUNE 18

 

Hear ye hear yeKing Mixer’s ‘Hang On’ album has found a launching site at Martyrs in Chicago on June 18. It’s about guitars and harmonies, wild behavior, birthdays and brethren, a live horn section and various surprise musical guests, coming and going together in celebration of a project which began exactly two years ago, this month.  I’m excited to to launch this music into the world like the screaming newborn spastic it is, as we raise the roof as one, like proud drunk parents.

Also on the bill: The Phil Angotti band.  Phil Angotti is my doppelganger, my compadre, the musical yin to my yang. When Martyrs asked if I had an opening act in mind, I immediately said “Phil.”  The man has the dual-vocal capability of a solemn angel like Elliot Smith, or the razor-cut grit of a McCartney “Helter Skelter”, which Phil conjures at will, repeatedly, without fail. The bastard. I still don’t know how it does it.  We’ve traveled together to Liverpool, England, and back, in the name of vintage guitars, scouse accents and actualizing the dream. Many can testify to the joy and energy Phil puts into his musicianship, along with his band, but for those who don’t know, June 18th is my chance to convert you.  Lord knows me and Phil shall cross paths on stage more than once on this night.

Also confirmed:  King Mixer will be graced with the presence of power pop royalty during our set, with an appearance by the legendary Cliff Johnson of Off Broadway.

The first 50 people in the door will receive a free copy of  ‘Hang On’, the new LP from King Mixer (preview the full album here).   It’s all part of the King Mixer launch party and we aim to mix it up!  So ring your sitters, bring your sisters and drag your most skeptical pals to this party.  They’ll be thanking you for weeks afterwards, or your money back. See you ’round the clubs!

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Album Funding Goal Reached! (Surpassed, actually)

GoFund campaign complete! It is with sincere gratitude and great enthusiasm that I can announce the fundraising goal for the King Mixer album has officially been reached! Surpassed, actually!  This was made possible by a friendly donation from someone who opted to hire me for a house party at the ‘Gold Event’ level, via GoFundMe.com. I’ll play a summer bash for them in the months ahead, meanwhile the band is rehearsing for the album release show while I launch press releases to media outlets big and small about the release of ‘Hang On’, from King Mixer.  Date and venue for the release show is being worked out this week!  You can listen to the King Mixer singles off the album HERE.  Thanks to all who backed this project, and we look forward to playing the songs live, with you in the house, very soon! Stay tuned, boppers…stay tuned.

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