Winter/ Spring 2018

The Acoustic Coffee Hours continues for it's [ amazingly ] 9th season on Saturday mornings at the Lakeside Coffee House. Along side some relaxing steel string guitar solos, I sing a few songs and try not to talk too much; becomes a bit of a challenge to reign myself in after a few cups of their fresh brew.
Tim Haub told me last weekend that he almost stopped in to to add some side-mandolin last Saturday but opted for hitting the snooze button. He's probably due to make an appearance soon.

Coming up in February I'll make my second appearance at the Fired Up Pottery.
Imagine listening to great acoustic guitar music and songs [humble brag] whiles shaping your pottery masterpiece! They also offer painting on canvas and glass.
I'll be there Friday February 9,  from 7-9pm.

Another return gig: The Jeweler's Edge hosts fantastic parties during the Baraboo Wine and Beer Walks with a full catered spread by Elite Catering. Below you'll see a pic of Me and Elvis [and our Biggest Fan] enjoying a plate of desert at a past event.
I'll be playing and singing in their space on May 4th, so of course the theme for the evening will be Cinco de Mayo.
Finally a chance to play my favorite Los Lobos tunes!

New stuff: working up another guitar duo, this time with my son Zane. He's been gigging weekly at the Mt. Zion Baptist church in our neighborhood; the skills he's developed in funk, rhythm and blues are something to behold!
Working title: 'Old Man and the Z'
We'll keep you posted on shows.

Thanks to Madison Early Education Teachers and Joan Hentschel's family for having me play their private parties in December at The Lakeside and in their home!
Contact me directly to inquire if you'd like some music for your next big thing!

That's all for now...

Winter/ Spring 2016-17

Wow, a lot of time has passed since my last blog post. Let's try to account for lost time.
I'm no longer playing with the band Fauxtons but you can check out my last endeavor with them, playing bass and singing on the six song EP called  THE FAUXTONS  INCLUSIVE OR.

The Mugs continue to play their folk rock country blues blend of harmonica, guitar and mandolin driven songs. Tim Haub, Frankie Lee and I will be playing a show at Lakeside St. Coffee House on April 15. Come celebrate your big return or let the music salve the sting of a payment due. It's an early show 630-9pm. Suggest donation of $5 to pay the band.

Other Lakeside St. Coffee House news: I'm in the midst of my 5th season [ if I count rightly] of my Acoustic Coffee Morning Mood sessions on Saturdays from 930am to 11:30am. I play from my repertoire of solo guitar music, sing a little and talk not too much. Come study, socialize and, of course, enjoy your morning brew with a little acoustic guitar music.

Still more LSCH [ I'm there a lot ]; my regular Thursday night bar shirt there has been including an occasional Open Mic. There are talks with the owner about making it a more regular event. Current Thursday night events include a Paint Night most Thursdays. There is a Uke Night on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Stop in to say Hey Barkeep!

Winter/ Spring 2015


First: This past fall I started playing in an eclectric acoustic electric trio with Frank Lee and Tim Haub. Frank is an accomplished blues harmonica player and Tim is THE reliable lead guitarist with many regular Madison Americana bands including Dollar Bill and the Bucks and the now retire Jim James and the Damn Shames. We take turns leading songs and trading vocals and harmonies. Frank's selections are rooted in blues styles, Tim's are a little more country, and mine are a mix of classic singer songwriter with originals. We have our first gig under our collective belt, having played for Tyrenena Brewing Company's 15th Anniversary Party under the name The Frankie Lee Trio. We'll be playing next under the new name Three Eclectic Mugs.

Second: The Fauxtons [Spring/ Summer/ Fall 2014 blog for details] are back in the Howling Hicks basement studio preparing to play the annual Benefit for McArdle Cancer Research Laboratory. January 23rd we'll play from 6-7pm at Gray's in Verona. The last couple of practices have been inspiring and there is talk of recording an album of Fauxton sonic wonders!

The last of BANDS BANDS AND MORE BANDS: An official HeadStock Music Studio-only group of rag tag players. This group is so loose they are letting me handle the drums and percussion division of their merry music making. We call ourselves The Groovenatorial Privilege. You aren't likely to see us play anywhere. Unless you one of the "fortunate" invites to the Higgs family barbeque this summer.

I'm back at the Lakeside Coffee House on most Sunday mornings from 9ish to 11:30ish for as long as the weather is chilly and people are inspired to spend their mornings indoors sipping something warm. I'll be playing solo fingerstyle guitar with just a few quiet songs added. Come enjoy an Acoustic Coffee morning while those winter winds blow.

All for Now! Now for All!

Spring/ Summer/ Fall 2014

The old web domain had to be retired. Please share the new one, with friends and neighbors. There are a number of michael grubers out there, one a broadway actor and another a novelist of note, but only one web domain with a definite article in the name. [Yeah, I stole that line from Stephen Colbert.] - accept no substitutes.

 A new band side-project, The Fauxtons, started playing out in early winter this year and has continued to gig in exotic locations such as Ft. Atkinson and The Great Taste of Madison. Featuring  German Art Student Annelies Howell as lead singer/guitar, two Bing Bongers - Danny Hicks on lead guitar and Brian Bentley on drums, and THE michael gruber on bass and harmonious vocals. We don't have gigs to announce but we do have plans to do some recording in this winter. If you come see me play somewhere ask for a Fauxtons sticker. The secret passphrase is... " Fauxtons; sometimes a particle, sometimes a wave, always real."

One of my favorite music venues, Lakeside Coffee Room, caught some flack from silence loving neighbors this summer. They were issued a cease and desist from all amplified music on the premises until things get sorted out with the city. Manager Kate Burmeister is reported to have identified [evil ] wedding dj's as being the problem and has vowed to banish them from all future events at LSCH. Still awaiting word from the city on allowing amplified musicians to resume their much beloved performances.  YOU can visit the Lakeside to sign a petition in support or write the Alder directly and ask the issue be brought up for discussion at the Common Council. 

Returning to the Canadian Honker, in my home town Rochester, MN, this month and again in December.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Feel free to write comments, request songs, sing praises :)

Summer/ Fall 2013

Long overdue to update the website/blog so here it goes:
 I had some fun this summer playing with Jim James and the Damn Shames at the High Noon Saloon and The Tyranena Brewing Company. Though there was some talk of continued playing and even possibly recording, there remains no news to share.
The Sugar Daddies played what has become an annual event in the backyard of a couple of our first fans. John and Dorene know how to throw a shindig and Andrew and I much appreciate them for having us back. Looking forward to the third annual event. Also of note, The Sugar Daddies' version of one of my songs tied for second place in the Green Shoe  Recording Studio songwriting contest. The video I submitted isn't very well shot so I know they must have like my song.
You can see that video here.
Coming up: I'm looking forward to sharing a gig with Madison Blues legend Jim Schwall. I was fan of his playing in the Siegel- Schwall band before I met him, I even have a couple of their long ago issued vinyl albums. This is a treat to get to play at his regular third Friday show at Chief's in Madison.
More music project in the works with Madison musicians. Stay tuned for the news.

Spring 2013

Good to start off busy in April. I'll be on the road to play in Columbus, WI at Hydro Brewery before returning home to Madison to play Literacy Networks Busking for Books event and Madcity Music Exchange for the National Record Store Day event. See the gig calendar for details.

More music news. I'm invited back into the fold of Jim James and the Damn Shames. Was it twelve years ago that I was the original bass player? I'm super psyched to return to laying down the low down alt-country thump and groove to the JJDS tunes. Word is I may even get to sing some. Reunited - and it feels so good. I'll post those music dates in Calendar as well.

Also in the works, Make Madison Music event! Stay tuned.

Winter 2013

The Acoustic Coffee Mornings at The Lakeside Coffee Room.
 This month marks my return to getting up REALLY early on the weekend and heading to my neighborhood coffee house on Sundays. I'll be playing some finger-style guitar instrumentals before exercising my morning voice and singing some songs. Every week, until it starts to get warmer outside.

The Sugar Daddies Duo
 Michael Gruber and Andrew Nath continue to play and sing their versions of soulful classic RnB, Pop, and Rock covers as well as their originals. We have a Private Show in February and are booking into Spring and Summer. Let us know if you have a party you need us to attend!

Next month is FAWM!
 I'm getting ready to write some new tunes, 14 songs in 28 days to be exact. I'll be posting video of the songs at where you can always check my music, new and old.

A few things in the works! It's a bird, no... a plane, no... it's a band!
 Rehearsing a band this winter with plans to get out and play in the Spring and Summer. I'll keep you posted. I'm going to continue to add onto my website/blog with a HeadStock Music - Guitar and Piano Music page and a Wedding Singer and Guitarist page. Share with your friends, family and neighbors if they are seeking lessons or music for a special event.

Add a comment down below and stay tuned for more to come... Michael