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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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One of the best singer/songwriters you've never heard makes a great, varied album: Like all of the best art, Dave Sills's music is hard to describe in a few sentences. If, like me, you're the kind of person who listens closely to lyrics even the first time you hear a song, the first thing you may notice is that Dave is a smart, emotionally honest guy who works on his songs until they actually are DONE, with not a word wrrong--you can sample any of the songs Spare Rain, Yours & Mine, Habit or Where You Are for a taste, but every song really shows this. I don't mean to over-emphasize that point, but one of my pet peeves involves writers who just "settle" because a song seems "good enough". Dave defnitely isn't one of them. Next you might notice that Dave has a beautiful sense of melody, made clear by the songs Not Far Behind, Where You Are and others. And, he can create a killer rock mood *without* a fast tempo (Yours & Mine; the climaxes and middle section of Put the World Away; All Messed Up) and create a lovely, swaying country-rock grooove too (Habit). He's a fine guitar player with a tight band made up of players that know each other very well. You may hear some influences here and there (Mark Knopfler's early guitar style on "Wrong About You", pub rock in "Bring The Sun"--the best song that Nick Lowe never wrote--or the occasional "country rock" vocal inflection), but they're all used tastefully and don't overwhelm the songs. Plus, they're GOOD themselves. Sampling some tracks should be enough to persuade you to purchase it in one form or another!” - Lloyd Reid Cole, music reviewer

mog.com

How many times can we say / Let's give it one last try?" That's the question Dave Sills opens with on his latest offering. And if you say you can't relate to that, you're either extremely lucky in love or you're lying. Waiting Room is the soundtrack to a breakup, and Sills has a way of putting words and music to all the feelings that accompany such a heart-rending experience. Whether he's singing of frustration ("All Messed Up"), anger ("Wrong About You") or acceptance, Sills' husky tenor really tells it like it is. In "Yours & Mine" he sums up a typical split: "I won't say we'll still be friends, it probably won't be the case / 'Cause we were never friends in the first place." Uplifting it ain't, but Sills softens the blow with Hammond organ, shimmering electric guitars and a drum beat to drive your breakup blues away.” - Mare Wakefield

Performing Songwriter magazine

Dave Sills is a songwriter who continues to get better at his craft. Along with the songs, it's nice to hear the obvious confidence Dave brings to his disc. Faith in one's own work in conjunction with actual talent - that's what the successful people in this business have.” - Richard Milne, DJ and host of Local Anesthetic

— WXRT 93.1 FM Chicago

This 'Room' from Chicago-based Sills is full of edgy rock sketches on the downtrodden side. With a sound at times conjuring both early del Amitri and Ryan Adams, gentle shuffle "Where You Are" and uptempo "Bring The Sun" are standout tracks.” - Guy-Michael Grande

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