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John Michel and Michael Jude
May 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$5.00
Best-known for their 17-year run as the rhythm section for the John Oates Band, Michael Jude and John Michel will perform as a duo at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4th.
Both Jude and Michel are talented singers, as demonstrated by their tight vocal harmonies when performing with Vail-based Brothers Keeper, and the multi-talented musicians will both play guitar and sing for Saturday’s show at The Lariat.
“We’ll do some of our own stuff as well as Neil Young to Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, Tears for Fears – the whole spectrum of rock and pop,” said Jude.
Jude said he and Michel played in a New York City band called Little Blue that began splitting time between New York and Aspen, where Jude and Michel eventually met John Oates of Hall and Oates fame.
“John and I stayed out here and became the rhythm section for John Oates,” said Jude. “We toured with him for 17 years. It was a great experience. We’ve been around the world several times with John, and he’s the nicest guy, a great musician too.”
In 2013, Jude and Michel released Acoustic Gems, which showcases their singing, songwriting and guitar work. “It’s mostly originals with a couple of covers,” said Jude. And after 22 years together as a rhythm section, the two “get calls from all over to work with people – David Crosby, Warren Haynes, Dean Ween, John Popper.”
The pair continue to perform with Scott Rednor as Brothers Keeper, the band that brought harmonica phenom John Popper to The Lariat for a New Year’s Eve show, and “right now we’re finishing up the second Brothers Keeper record,” said Jude.
“It’s really interesting,” Jude added. “We’ve been able to make a living doing this. … We both sing, and being a rhythm section who can sing, that’s job security,” he laughed. “And doing the two-guitar thing keeps it interesting.”
Anyone fortunate enough to have caught one of the Brothers Keeper performances at The Lariat already knows this will be a show not to miss. So be sure to arrive early Saturday and catch one of rock ’n’ roll’s best rhythm sections “doing the two-guitar thing.”