Mike Mangione & The Union at DeKalb’s House Café Jan. 22

Staff Report

Mike Mangione & The Union will perform with Gina Venier and Dave Tamkin at the House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill., beginning at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22.

This past year, Mike Mangione & The Union have been busy globetrotting across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Philippines and Europe. They are now looking forward to releasing their latest album, produced by the venerable bluesman, folkie and Grammy-nominated producer Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown), later this year.

Meantime, Mangione & The Union will land at the House Café Jan. 22, sharing the bill with their good friend, Dave Tamkin. Gina Venier, a local favorite, is also playing.

Mike Mangione & The Union is a touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with an orchestrated string section, soulful vocals and literate sensibility. The band’s debut album, Tenebrae, received favorable press from all corners of the country, including the honor of being an All Music Guide Album Pick, while Blurt refers to their “tearstained folk, Memphis-styled gospel and bluesy-flavored pop” as “luminous.”

In 2011, Mike Mangione & The Union released Offering on their own imprint, RODZINKA Records, with sync and digital licensing by DUALTONE Records. The album and band were nominated for “best of the year” by RadioMilwaukee (88.9 FM), along with receiving other kind and warm accolades.

The House Café can be reached at (815) 787-9547 or online at www.thehousecafe.net. For more about Mike Mangione & The Union, visit http://www.mikemangione.com/.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2012, issue

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