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Celebrating The Big Life of Michael Heaton

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Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL

Mike was a talented singer-songwriter, and just one of the nicest humans you could ever meet. He was taken far too soon, at only 53, by cancer. I have the honor of joining his bandmates to sing a few of his tunes at this celebration of his life. Event starts at 7, music begins at 9. A $10 suggested donation at the door will go to help 3 year old Wrenley Pavels in her fight against idiopathic aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder. Do your soul some good and join us!

Nov17

The Stars That Hang Above - record release show

The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave, Aurora, IL

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! At long last, my new album, The Stars That Hang Above, is done! Official release date is 11-15-2019. Join us a few days later at The Venue in Aurora, IL. The Venue is a cool new spot opened up by the Fox Valley Music Foundation. Great sound and nightlines, and yes, they serve adult beverages (if you are so inclined). We will have vinyl and CDs of the new album available for sale at the show. I'll be performing with my band, Chris Walke (lead guitar), Justin O'Connell (drums), and Adam Gardner (bass). We're really excited to play the new album (and some of your old favorites) for you. Our good friend Dave Ramont will be opening the show for us.

$12 reserved/$8 general admission ($15/10 at the door)

Sep28

Writer's Round - hosted by Gigable

Mockingbird Bar & Garden, 217 Barrington Ave, East Dundee, IL

Another Nashville style Writer's Round brought to you by the fine folks at Gigable. Olivia Ports (she did a show with us at The Law Office back awhile), myself, and the ever mysterious TBD will trade songs and stories throughout the evening, and probably rustle up something to play together at the end of the night! Join us, you should.  

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Quite impressive.” - Grammy & Emmy nominated singer-songwriter & film/tv composer

— Peter Himmelman

Simply put, Dave Sills is a great artist and 'Sometimes Nothing' is a great record. When I first got a hold of Dave Sills' 'Sometimes Nothing' CD, I was not expecting to find something that I connected to so much. But, as a music fan, I think that's the beauty of a really great artist - they make you feel things you didn't expect...and you dig it. For starters, Dave has one of those voices that you get all lost in. At times there are hints of (early, solo) Ryan Adams and sometimes a little Jakob Dylan. It's familiar without drawing direct comparisons. And then there's the songwriting. Take, for instance, "Flawed Magic" where our hero likens the end of a relationship to a parlor trick gone wrong. Not only is it one of the most clever analogies I've ever heard, it's like the guy has tapped into my very own relationship-challenged mind. Ditto on "Keep Running" (my favorite track) where he muses "in the movie of my life, I'm an extra". So true. There are lots of standouts here, though. And not just for the lovelorn. This is a record that, after numerous spins, continues to inspire me and console me and resonate in my soul.” - Dawn Maze

— Trampoline Records

Refreshingly low-key... [with an] endearing wit that sets Sills apart from other singer-songwriters and has won him a legion of fans.”

— The Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

Really nice songs on here.” - Richard Milne, DJ & host of Local Anesthetic

— WXRT 93.1 FM Chicago

Alison says: This CD is great; the songs are very catchy and wonderful. Three thumbs up! Heidi says: The day I received the CD I popped it into my changer and it's been on heavy rotation ever since. Such an amazing debut from an artist I'm confident is going places. Emily says: The CD is great. I've been listening to it over and over. I love it!! Great catchy music. Laurie says: The lyrics and music are so well suited for each other on this album that listening to each track makes me feel like I've had a very full and complete listening experience. The songs unfold in a wonderful way and the listener is drawn into and made a part of them. This album is an excellent effort and leaves me anxious for the next one! 'Campismylife' says: Even though I have been listening to this album for quite some time---I still love it! I find very few albums in which I can sit through the whole album without skipping tracks but I sit through this album on a regular basis. Everyone I play it for, falls in love with it also--instantly. Can't wait for the next album. Azul says: Dave Sills has a new fan. It only took a few chords of Strength to Strength and knowing he's a Peter Himmelman fan for me to buy Sometimes Nothing... but as the music and words to Rivers Will Rise soared from my speakers and into my soul, I realized this man is beyond talented - he's a rarity, a treasure. I catch myself merrily drifting along, being carried away by his voice. Mere words can not do this album justice. An instant favorite. I can not believe I haven't had this CD in my life untill now. Thank you Dave for spreading such grace, talent and beauty into our days and lives. I can only hope I can turn on as many of my friends on to your music. I feel like a kid, "hey everyone, wait'll you hear this!!” - customer reviews

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