January 25-28, Mike Mitchell Trio embarked for the northern section of our great VA Commonwealth. Our first stop was in Winchester for a concert
at Bright Box with The Wildmans.
A highlight from the show, was a duet with Mike and Akemi Takayama, the concert master of the Roanoke Symphony, performing a portion of Jeff Midkiff’s “Run for Your Life”.
The Bright Box was a wonderful venue and so meaningful to have our former students, the Wildmans perform, knowing that the audience included the likes of the great bassist Marshall Wilborn and his lovely wife, Lynn Morris, as well as banjo up-and-comer, Gina Clowes.
So humbling and very inspiring!
Our next stop was in Charlottesville, at The front Porch. Again, we shared the evening with The Wildmans. The sold-out audience at the Front Porch was so enthusiastic.
The highlight of our tour was in Leesburg, VA at the Lucketts Schoolhouse, where we opened for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers! What?! What excitement–and, well, yes, a few nerves. Lol
We played to a packed house (schoolhouse, remember?) and an extremely warm and friendly audience. Mike Mitchell Trio was a hit and we will definitely be back to see the new fans we made that evening. What an honor to open for Joe and his band!
Sunday, we drove over to McLean to The Chocolate Festival and
a bunch of excited kiddos and families.
The tour ended with a jazz workshop taught by Mike to a talented class of classical violinists from the studio of Carol Stone, ASTACAP Director.
We have to close this post with a photo of the best waitress —
Miss Lisabeth at The Cracker Barrel in Winchester! We want to eat here, again, just to see Lisabeth 🙂