Archive for February, 2005

The Jeff Mitchell E-Mail Annoucement List Message

Monday, February 21st, 2005

Hello All,

Thanks to everyone who came out to shows over the last couple of weeks. The Trampled By Turtles show in Decorah was a great time. Tom Bourcier and I made some otherworldly sounds at Luther College. The Jackson Street Polecats went on a rampage through the Fox Valley.

There are so many of you I didn’t get time to talk to at the shows. Either lack of time or my voice was so blown out I didn’t dare (sorry Heather). I got sick during my string of Fox Valley shows and ended up sounding like a diseased Tom Waits. If you liked it, don’t expect that sound all the time (at least I hope not). For fans of my raspier side, I could sent out special disease updates so you know what shows not to miss.

Upcoming (hopefully non-diseased) shows…

Another experimental session
Fri. March 4th/11:30AM
Me and Tom Bourcier
Center For Fine Arts atrium
Luther College, Decorah,IA

Later that same day…
Solo at the Dayton House
March 4th/7-9:00PM
Dayton House Cafe’,Decorah,IA

All the best, Jeff

p.s. Punk-rock legends, Gwar, are on tour right now. I’ve never been to a show but I’ve heard they’re amazing. If you like WAY over the top entertainment, you may want to go.

The Jeff Mitchell E-Mail Annoucement List Message

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Hi Everybody,

Just a quick update.
I’ve added another date to my string of shows over the next couple of weeks. I’ll be playing for about an hour at Deb and Kristin Paulson’s fancy underpants store, Fancy Pants . Check me out or check out the panties, your call. Also, Arne Hengesteg will be playing drums with me for at least a couple songs on Saturday night.

Thur. Feb. 10/6:30PM
Fancy Pants/207 Washington St./Decorah,IA

Fri. Feb. 11/12:00 noon
Noise/Drone experiment with Tom Bourcier and Mike Lang
Luther College, Decorah
Center for Fine Arts Atrium

Sat. Feb.12
Opening for Trampled By Turtles

thanks, Jeff

The Jeff Mitchell E-Mail Annoucement List Message

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

Hello everyone,

It’s a little sloppy in Iowa right now, but we still need music. Here’s what I’ll be up to over the next couple of weeks…

Fri. Feb 11/12:00 noon
Luther College/Center for Fine Arts Atrium/Decorah,IA
Tom Bourcier, Mike Lang, and I will be putting on an improvisational electronic show. Lot’s of sampling, drones, and I’m not quite sure what else. Tom and I performed once this way last semester and it was a very good time. I’m happy that he wanted to do it again with (for me) mystery element Mike Lang. This will be one of a kind.

Sat. Feb 12/9:30?
Solo, opening for Trampled By Turtles at the HayMarket/Decorah,IA
Trampled is a Duluth-based quartet featuring my good friend, erik berry, on mandolin. They perform original, non-traditional, acoustic bluegrass plus traditional bluegrass and old celtic tunes. Great vocal harmonies, huge wall-of-sound, lots of soul, and a real good time.

Wed. Feb 16/7:00PM
Solo at the New Moon Cafe’/Oshkosh,WI
Come check out Aaron (Jackson St. Polecats uker) and Jason (Fanged Horse guitar shredder) Baer’s fantastic cafe’ and coffeehouse in downtown Oshkosh. I’d love to see you there.

Thur. Feb 17/9:00PM
Jackson Street Polecats/Cranky Pat’s/Neenah,WI
Come for jug-band stupidity. Stay for pizza!

Fri. Feb. 18
Polecats vs. Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the Mcnally Boys
at Tom’s Garage/Appleton,WI
Sheamus is a great, Clancy Brothers-style Irish band with Aaron Baer on banjo and accordion and a host of other great Oshkosh musicians. They truly raise the roof and are good friends. I’ve never played at Tom’s Garage before, but I’ve heard good things. Also, the Polecats have never played Appleton before. Should I be scared?

Sat. Feb. 19/8:00PM
Polecats at Rock Island Cafe’/Neenah,WI
This is a brand-new, all-ages venue. Small and cozy. Come see the deceptively talented Jackson Street Polecats abuse the American Musical Tradition up close. Intimate enough to hear our joints and sock-garters creak.

That’s enough for now. Thank you all for coming out to the shows and being the fine people you are. For more information on the Polecats, go to the links page on my website, There are also Mapquest links available for most shows on the schedule page.

Thanks again,