Influential and innovative guitar and bass players

Anyone wanting to learn to play guitar surely has a long list of guitar players that they like and would like to learn. A while back I put together a list of suggested listening for my students at AAW. The list is mostly made of of my favorites but most would agree that these guitar and bass players are some of the most influential and innovative players to date. If you have not already done so I definitely suggest checking out their music. This list is in no particular order and I know there are many missing so please feel free to add more in the comments!







and this is just the short list…..

45th Parallel

45th Parallel live at Oak City Grille

Jon and I are playing at Oak City Grille this Thursday, May 6th. Come hang out listen to some tunes and watch RED WING PLAYOFF HOCKEY (game 4 Wing VS Sharks playing on all TVs). No Cover. Game starts at 7:30 – Music starts at 8:30 (and will play on intermissions and continue after the game ends)

Oak City Grille
212 W. 6th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48220


Two accomplished performers, Nathan Montgomery and Jon Vidal have joined forces to bring you acoustic covers, as well as original music from both artists. 45TH Parallel plays a variety of popular tunes from the 70’s to now. The repertoire includes music from Weezer, Incubus, Tom Petty, Pink Floyde,
Ray Lamontange, Jon Mayer, Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Cold Play, Alice in Chains, Rolling Stones, City and Colour, Marvin Gaye and many many more.

ABOUT Oak City Grille

Oak City Grille is a casual neighborhood restaurant with a wall of French doors that open up to down town Royal Oak. OCG is within walking distance to theaters, shopping, salons, art galleries, parking and much more. The perched stage over the curved bar brings live music to the room featuring a variety of acoustic pop, rock, and blues hits. The menu offers mouth watering appetizers, delicious home made soups, salads and delectable entrees served in hearty portions at affordable prices. The patio is open and fresh mint mojitos are back for the summer! For more info visit Call today to make a reservation 248-556-0947 (While reservations are not required they
are recommended)

Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is flying by!! Whew! This week there a ton of performances to check out. For starters I have 2 gigs with 7MJ this FRI/SAT at Lake Point Yacht Club in Livonia (rocking room with a great patio). Then on SUN I am playing solo at a new venue, Gala Bistro in
Farmington (check out the shows page for more info). And on TUES I will be playing a second show at Vintage Tavern in Port Huron with Jon Vidal. I am very excited about this show since the first show with Jon and I as a duo went very well and I get to exercise my vocal chords
again. Vintage Tavern is a great listening room with incredible food, spirits and atmosphere. Even if you are not able to make this show I strongly reccommend heading out to Vintage Tavern for dinner, it is worth the drive!

Jenny Brady and I finished the promo video for AAW!! Video production was provided by Electric Image Studio. There are two versions, a 30 second and 10 minute. I am proud to announce that the song at the end of the
10 minute version was written and recorded by Jon Vidal and I at Studio 1946 and features Jillian Bundy AKA Jilly Mae on vocals! Watch out for Jilli! She is an incredibly talented young lady
that is destine for greatness. Her debut CD is in the finishing stages and will hopefully be ready soon. As for the video you can check
it out on the AAW YouTube page. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Also there are over 50 videos uploaded from the events at Arts Academy.

The summer has not been all work… My wife and I did manage to get away for a few days here and there. We spent 2 days in Saugatuck!
Wow! Amazing beaches. Wish we could have stayed longer but being only 3 hours from home hopefully we will get to cruise out there again before summer ends. We also journeyed back up to Alpena to visit with the family. Rejuvinating as always!