Check this out! Managed to get videos of the full-band debut at Darkside Records on Record Store Day 2017! Give a listen! See the whole set of vids HERE!
May 2 Videos from Record Store Day 2017
Dogwood - Beacon, Ny
Eleven 11 - Fishkill, Ny
Junior's - Hyde Park, Ny
The Platform - Beacon, ny
Fuck Mike Fest / Cold Hands Release Show - full band
AJ Cafe - Wappingers Falls, Ny
March 28 Hudson Valley Transmitter Interview
Check out this awesome in-depth interview I did with my good friend Mark Gerlach at Hudson Valley Transmitter. We talk about the current state of music, inspiration, and the creative process in all of it's forms. I also perform a live acoustic version of "The Right Words" from my ep "Lies". Give a listen and be sure to follow HVT on FB for all sorts of cool spotlights on local music, art, comics, shorts stories, and poetry. Also, check out my upcoming shows, either on the right of this page or at the SHOWS section of my site here.
Jan 24 HAPPY NEW YEAR!! TONS OF SHOWS!!
Sep 5 Videos from 4th of July - "I Am Beacon" Festival
Check out these vids from our full set at the I Am Beacon 4th of July Fest!
January 10 One more show to add for January
Most people add shows to the end of their current schedule... NOT ME! Happy to say I'll be playing at Darkside Records' 6th Anniversary (1st in their new location) event this coming Saturday. Sales all day (10am-9pm), foods, giveaways and tons of live music from yours truly and some of the areas best musicians. Including: The Grape and the Grain, Ciarra Fragale, Patrick Collins, and DJ Perly. BTW, this store not only sells vinyl and cds, but also hi-fi equipment (new and used), turntables, DVDs, etc.... The sale applies to EVERYTHING! Come get it while it's hot and also pick up new music from every artist at the event! All of our stuff is sold right there in Darkside!! Click the flyer for the event page!
November 8 LIES teaser and release date, & NEW SONG
LIES - AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 16th!! I will of course have a download link here on the site, but feel free to keep your eyes peeled on your favorite music service for my brand-new ep LIES. In the meantime, checkout the teaser of the entire album above, and listen to a full version of the lead-off track "Almost Over" below!
Also, I'll be performing at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, Ny 11/11 for the Make a Wish/JDRF Foundations fundraiser. I'll be playing with some of the best singer/songwriters in the Hudson Valley. Tickets are $10 and are available from yours truly and the box office. Click on the flyer below for more info.
November 16 LIES is out and Nashville show!!
LIES - AVAILABLE NOW! Currently available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and a whole host of other online music retailers. Check the STORE to purchase a copy for yourself! Physical cds are available direct from me, thru CD Baby, Alto Music in Wappingers Falls, Ny and (soon) Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie, Ny. Click on LIES below or go to your favorite music service and TURN IT UP!
ALSO, I'll be performing an all-original acoustic set of music at The Red Line Bar and Grill in Nashville, TN on 11/21 with the inimitable Kim Petrarca. Any of my southern-transplant friends wanna come out and hang?? It would be great to see you! There's also an open mic after mine and Kim's sets. Come on by and play a song! Click the flyer below for more info on that! So stoked....
March 31st Junior's Lounge - Hyde Park, Ny
9pm-12am, slinging the acoustic randomness.
April 1st Divine Wine Bar - Wappingers Falls, Ny
8pm-11pm, Wine and acoustic music by the beautiful falls that the town is named after.
April 22nd Darkside Records- Poughkeepsie, Ny
6pm-10pm - RECORD STORE DAY! There will be live music from Hudson Valley artists and musicians, culminating at 8pm with a special performance from iconic metal band Today Is The Day! Hear them perform live, pick up their #RSD17 exclusive LP on The End Records and get it autographed this saturday during an exclusive meet and greet! Hear more live music all day from Mike Hamel, Making Matters Worse, DJ Perly, American Film History (aka Frank McGinnis), a Hudson Valley Homegrown showcase (vote here >http://wrrv.com/hudson-valley-homegrown-showcase-on-record-store-day-2/) and an O Positive Festival Poughkeepsie showcase!
April 29th AJ Cafe - Wappingers Falls, Ny
9pm-12am - Coming back to my favorite Wapp Diggy spot. You know how we do. You never know who's going to show up or what songs I'm going to play. An exercise in randomness. Also, HOTTEST WING winner 2 years running for their Euthanasia sauce. Think you can handle hot? Try this and talk to me after.
February 10th The Loft - Poughkeepsie, Ny
Acoustic showcase. More info TBA.
January 20th Juan Murphy's - Poughkepsie, Ny
8:30pm-11pm, Irish Pub, Mexican Grub. Let's do this!
January 21st AJ Cafe - Wappingers Falls, Ny
9pm-12am. No better place to get things kicking again. Come on by for a great time.
January 27th Junior's Lounge - Hyde Park, Ny
Coming back to Hyde Park's favorite watering hole. Great food and people! 9pm-12am.
February 5th Scratcher Sessions - Brooklyn, Ny
Dropping in to play a solo acoustic set at the intimate and inimitable Scratcher Sessions. I'll be playing from 7:15pm-8pm and will be followed up by Jonny Meyers. It's gonna be good to be playing in the city again. I cannot wait!
October 5 Sneak peek of the new cover of LIES
Here it is!! The cover art for my new ep LIES!! Coming out very soon! I can't wait to bring this collection of tunes to you all. Expect to see some more full-band and/or all-original shows popping up here on the site. Stay tuned to my Facebook page for all the latest news and info.
Teaser video coming soon!
January 3 NEW YEAR - NEW SHOWS
Happy New Year and belated Happy Holidays to you all!! I'm ready to get back into the swing of things for 2017. Check out the SHOWS page for more info! Got a few acoustic shows coming up as well as rehearsing with a FULL BAND to start doing some videos and full-on performances. There will be much more info to come on this front and as soon as I have it, I'll relay it to you.
In other news, LIES is out and available EVERYWHERE, including Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie! Currently working on getting together with them to drop in on their podcast with a little talking and live performance styley.
Cheers to the New Year! Let's make it a good one!
January 14th Darkside Records - Poughkepsie, Ny
First gig of the new year! Darkside Records will be celebrating their six year anniversary as a store and first anniversary in their new home! The celebration will take place during business hours (10am - 9pm) and will feature a store-wide sale including music, movies and gifts; giveaways, food, and a limited-edition Darkside Records 6th anniversary t-shirt design.
There will be free live music beginning in the afternoon from The Grape And The Grain (Kingston, NY rock band, new album “Holy Rollin’” available now),DJ Perly (DJ/Turntablist, DMC US Regional DJ Battle and 3x Freestyle Monday’s Dj Champion), Ciarra Fragale (Montgomery, NY singer/songwriter, new EP “As We Go” available now), Mike Hamel (Beacon, NY rock/blues musician, new album “Lies” available now) and Patrick Collins (Westchester, NY singer/songwriter).
August 31 NEW website under construction
Thanks to the help of Jeremiah Shaffer for Jeremiah Shaffer Photography, this website will be getting a facelift.
September 2 More progress on the new ep
Just booked another session at Karma Studio East. I still have vocals and ear candy parts to record for the upcoming new Ep, "Truth". Todd Mihan will also be contributing some of his own brand of guitar flavor on a few tracks. Can't wait to hear the final product!
October 19th Oysterfest - Oyster Bay, Ny
Playing at the awesome outdoor event, Oysterfest with Todd Mihan. We'll be splitting about 2 hours of music between eclectic covers and originals. Come out for some incredible food, water-front views, and music from yours truly and a whole host of other artists.
November 28th White House - Fishkill, Ny
Late-night acoustic madness! I'll be splitting this night with my good friend Chris Bertolini. I play a set, he plays a set, then I play ANOTHER set! All for no charge and cheap drinks abound. 10pm-2am, come on down and have yourself a REAL Black Friday throwdown!
December 5th The Falcon - Marlboro, Ny
I'll be sitting in on bass with The Flaming Meatballs for their set of throw-back blues covers! No charge at the door and great food and drinks available for table guests. If you like SRV, you should definitely be there.
October 1 Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter Competition
So, I've entered myself into the Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter Competition 4. At stake is the opportunity to record with Don Was, have a consultation with Colbie Caillat, perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as a bunch of other perks. Check out my profile and watch some live videos I've posted to help me gain points in the first round of this competition. I can gain points until the end of November so keep checking back and watching the vids!
October 7 Quiet Man Pub + More progress on the EP
Tonight, I'll be heading into the studio to do my final track and mixes for my upcoming new EP "Truth" at Karma Studio East with producer/engineer Michael Rich. Go check out his studio's homepage and hit him up if you need to record something. Definitely a talented fellow and more than capable of helping you bring your vision to reality. In other news, I've booked a night at Quiet Man Pub in Wappingers Falls, Ny on November 14th. Go check out the Tour page for more info.
October 14 Tracking for the new EP is DONE!!
Over the weekend, I got together with Michael Rich at Karma Studio East to complete the last song in the catalog for my upcoming ep "Truth". The sounds, vibe, and performances we have captured are really going to do these songs justice. The next step will be to master the recordings and assemble some artwork. We are getting so close to completion that I can taste it. And it tastes good.
November 20 Shows and new cd closer to completion
Good news everyone! The music is mastered and ready to roll! Still just working out some artwork with Jeremiah Shaffer and then things will be rolling along nicely. The cd should be available by mid December. The perfect holiday gift for the music enthusiasts in your life! Also, I've set up a few more shows in the NYC area. Check the TOUR page for more info.
March 21st AJ Cafe - Wappingers Falls, Ny
Performing for the first time at AJ Cafe! Come on by for some great food, cheap drinks, and an eclectic mix of music from yours truly, solo acoustic styley. 9pm-12am. Facebook event: Mike Hamel @ AJ Cafe
December 12 The cd is being made as we speak
The cd is finally off to the presses for duplication! Available everywhere January 16th, but if you'd like to get your name on the list for one of the limited-quantity physical copies, contact me at the CONTACT page and I'll be happy to work out the details with you. Advance orders will also get a free "Mike Hamel and the Amber Lamps" sticker. If you'd like to get a sneak peek of the new album, check out the lead-off track from the disc "Straight from the Bottle" on Soundcloud now!
January 16 Truth is now available!
The day has come! TRUTH is now available online and in some choice brick-and-mortar retail stores. The list of available stores and online sites will increase in time, but for now, you can head to the STORE page on this site or go directly to cdbaby.com/cd/mikehamel3, iTunes, Spotify, or visit Alto Music in Wappingers Falls, Ny to get a physical copy. I'm so happy to finally share this record with all of you and I hope you dig it. Give a listen, leave a review, and rock forth into the everdom of the morrow. Oh, and by the way... there will be shows....
March 19 New shows!!
Got some shows coming up! On March 21st, I'll be performing at AJ Cafe in Wappingers Falls from 9pm-12am doing my usual slew of originals and covers. Also coming up, I'll be doing an original set at Fast Eddie's in Fishkill for their annual cancer benefit on June 7th. Time TBA on that one. I'm also emailing a bunch of different places in the area right now to book something, so hopefully I will have some more news for you soon. In the meantime, have you heard "TRUTH"? Go check it out on Spotify or iTunes right now!
July 11th Weed Orchards - Marlboro, Ny
I'll be performing a mixed duo set with Todd Mihan at this fundraiser for Sparrow's Nest. Also performing will be The Flaming Meatballs. Fun starts at 6pm. Facebook event with more info can be found HERE.
July 17th Pickwick Pub - Poughkeepsie, Ny
Making a triumphant return to the Pickwick Pub in Poughkeepsie! I'll be performing an all-original acoustic set opening up for the incredible indie-rock duo Sirsy. Details can be found on the Facebook event HERE. 8pm start, $8 advance, $10 DOS.
July 19th Ocean Mist - Wakefield, Rhode Island
Kim Petrarca's CD release party for her ep "Leave it Where It Lies". Also appearing are Greg Roch and Rah! I'll be doing an all-original solo acoustic set. Can't wait to be playing with this incredible lineup of talented artists. Details and whatnot on the Facebook event HERE. $10 cover includes a copy of Kim Petrarca's new cd!!
March 25 Even more shows!
I told you there'd be shows! Just booked a few more in the area for the month of April. Check out the Tour page for more details. As a quick glimpse, April 16th @ Quinns opening up for Duke McVinnie Band, April 17th @ The White House with Chris Bertolini, April 25th @ AJ Cafe, May 9th @ Walkway Over the Hudson for the annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk, June 7th @ Fast Eddie's for their annual cancer benefit, and June 14th @ Locust Grove for the Queen City Pride Preview Picnic.
By the way, AJ Cafe proved to be an awesome time, complete with the usual guest musicians and shenanigans. Thank you to everyone who came out. More news to come!
June 30th Summertime Shows!
Whew! June was an amazing month for shows! Huge thanks to everyone that's been coming out to have some fun!! As for upcoming shows, check out the Tour page for more details. Upcoming dates are listed to the right! BTW, I added a couple photos to the Gallery page from The Pride Picnic!
In other news, a few months back I recorded a song with a pal of mine and he's decided to release it! Check out my vocal and bass chops on "Fame". It is epic rockness.
In other OTHER news, I'll be releasing a live-performance video for "Lost in the Water", the final track on my ep Truth (available on Cdbaby, iTunes, Spotify, etc...). Keep your eyes peeled. Tons of cool stuff coming. Maybe even a new song?!
July 28th Show this Friday and New single on the horizon
Psyched to be playing at Mexicali Blue in Wappingers Falls, Ny this Friday (the 31st). Quite a way to wrap up a couple months of consistently playing shows. Check out the Facebook event here for more info.
Thanks to the slight late-Summer lull of shows, I'm going to be recording and releasing a new song as a single. Release date and title are soon to come, but if any of you have been to my recent shows, you'll probably recognize the tune. More news to come!
Thanks for staying tuned!
July 2nd New video and updated media page!
New video time! Check out my new video for "Lost in the Water", shot in 4 seperate takes and pieced together to make one continuous video. Shot and produced by Matthew Ambrosini. Please check it out and share it!! If you dig the song, the full-band version is available online at iTunes, Spotify, CdBaby, or a myriad other internet retailers. I also updated the Media section here on the page with new music and videos!
sept 17th New video, shows, and music news
Happy End of Summer! I'm trying to move into the new season by working on some new original music, new shows, and new videos. Check out the Shows page for more info on upcoming dtes. There will be plenty getting added to the page so please stay tuned.
You can also find my Facebook profile a good way to stay in touch with my musical happenings.
For today, I offer you (now on the Media page), my cover of Foo Fighters' "Everlong", performed on a cigar box dulcimer. Check it out and share with your friends!
Novermber 6th Bacchus - New Paltz, Ny
Performing with my funk outfit Aware Wolf at the awesome New Paltz hot spot. Come in for funky-ass music and some of the best beer the Hudson Valley has to offer.
November 14th Juan Murphy's - Poughkeepsie, Ny
New spot for me and under new ownership! Doing 8pm-10pm and bringing the acousticness to Po-town. No cover, 21+ only.
November 27th White House - Fishkill, Ny
BLACK FRIDAY. Nuff said. Berto and me doing it big time at the White House. 10pm-2am. Come shake off the holiday blues.
December 12th AJ Cafe - Wappingers Falls, Ny
Coming back to the good ol' AJ Cafe, playing all sorts of covers and originals. Great food and drinks at this spot, with pool tables to boot. Come on by for a great time! 9pm-12am
sept 25th Updated Fall Show List!
Now that we are officially transitioning into Fall, it's time for an updated shows list! See the list at the right or go over to the Shows page for more info. Events and details can be found on my Facebook profile. Please note that Aware Wolf is the funk group that I've been putting together with my musical cohorts.
Still working on getting some new music tracked and completed, but I'm happy to say that there is new material to be working on. Can't wait to keep bringing you the goods! More later.
January 16th Darkside Records - Poughkeepsie, Ny
January 16th Darkside Records & Gallery’ presents the ‘Grand Re-Opening’ which not only celebrates Darkside Records’ five year anniversary, but the move to the new location as well!
Their new location at 611 Dutchess Turnpike (aka Route 44, just after the 44/55 split) in Poughkeepsie will include an expanded 6,000 sq ft sales floor, a new hi-fi/stereo room, an expanded inventory and a live music stage for touring and local acts and events. The ‘Grand Re-Opening’ celebration will include a sale on in-store items, giveaways and more.
Live music will include performances from Home Lives, Sound of a Smirk, Dead Empires, Kyle & The Pity Party, Mike Hamel, Cold Hands, and more (a complete live music schedule will be released next week)!
The celebration will also serve as an opportunity to donate to Sparrow's Nest, a local non-profit charity. Visitors participate in a raffle for great prizes with all proceeds going directly to the charity or make cash donations on-site.
More information will be made available shortly at http://www.darksiderecordsandgallery.com/ or http://sparrowsnestcharity.org/ as well as social media.
Oct 29th New page design!
In music news, I'm currently working on putting together a legitimate music video with some very good friends. I am also constantly working on new music right now, so hopefully I'll have some cool stuff for you to check out soon.
In the meantime, keep an eye on my Facebook page for news & details on upcoming shows.
Jan 2nd Happy New Year!
Woohoo 2016! Here's hoping you all had a safe and happy NYE! I'm not much for resolutions, but I'm a glutton for work. For now, I just have one more show lined up (Jan 15th @ Juan Murphy's), but I'm going to be taking a short break from live performances to start working on my follw-up to Truth. Looking at a release hopefully for mid-late 2016.
In other news, a video for "Straight from the Bottle" will be finished up pretty soon! Can't wait to share this with all of you!
Good luck in 2016!
April 10th Paramount Theater - Peekskill, Ny
I'll be opening up for the legendary Kansas! Flanked by some of my best friends (who happen to be killer musicians), we'll be performing full-band and all-original music. Doors are at 7pm and we'll be on shortly thereafter. Click here to buy tickets and use discount code "HAMEL10" to receive 10% off your purchase. Don't miss this one!
April 16th Darkside Records - Poughkeepsie, Ny
I'll be jamming acoustically in Darkside Records' new huge location for RECORD STORE DAY! Come join us with a whole host of local musicians serenading you whilst you comb thru the new hotness that RSD brings to you on a yearly basis.
Jan 12th Last minute show addition
Happy to announce that I'll be making an appearance at Darkside Records Grand Reopening on Saturday January 16th. Also playing that day: Dead Empires, Home Lives, Cold Hands, Kyle and the Pity Party, Luciano Ferraral, and Sound of a Smirk. This is Darkside Records' 5th Anniversary as well as their grand opening at a new location in Poughkeepsie. They'll be having events and whatnot all day starting at 10am, and music should start at 3pm. More info to come!! Check out the event page on Facebook or click the flyer to the right. Hope to see you there! Also, I've updated the press, info, and shows pages. Peep 'em!
May 14th Aj Cafe - Wappingers Falls, Ny
A spring return to AJ Cafe! You never know who's going to stop by! Musican friends and guests welcome! Come on by and witness that wacky acoustic shenanigans I get myself into. Pantera and En Vogue in the same set? You betcha! 9pm-12am.
Mar 1st Spring news and events
Happy Spring everyone! Lets get back to some warm weather, new music, and shows. Whaddya say? So happy to say that my new record is underway and sounding awesome so far. I'm working with many of my favorite musicians and producers to put this together. In fact, every song on this new ep is being recorded with a different producer in their respective studios. This is really helping build a unique vibe for each of the tunes. Check out Todd Mihan, Joe Sautner @ Record Play Repeat Studio, and John Naclerio @ Nada Studio. These guys are all killer musicians and producers in their own rights and can definitely help wring the best out of their clients and collaborators.
In show news, March 26th, I'll be returning to The White House in Fishkill, Ny with Chris Bertolini to do our full-night acoustic shindig. These nights are typically filled with special guests as well as awesome originals and cover tunes. Come on by for a great time!! 21+ only.
More to come, so please stay tuned!
April 5th New shows and new record news!
What's up everyone!? Despite the snow, it's now Spring and that means a whole slew of new shows and music. Coming up April 10th, I'll be making my debut appearance at The Paramount Theater in Peekskill, Ny opening for Kansas! Check out the ticket page for more details and whatnot. Be sure to use discount code HAMEL10 to receive 10% off your ticket price! April 16th, I'll be performing at Darkside Records for RECORD STORE DAY! Be sure to come by and get your vinyl on while listening to a whole slew of awesome local musicians!
Aside from that, the new record is moving along nicely and there will be many more shows to come soon.
August 26th Juan Murphy's - Poughkeepsie, Ny
Irish pub with Mexican grub... and Mike Hamel playing music! 8:30-11. Come on by! 796 Main St, Arlington, NY 12603
August 27th Draught Industries - Beacon, Ny
The first music night went so well, we decided to do it again! The 3nd installment of my monthly residency! 9pm-12am, 394 Main St. Beacon, Ny. 22 lines of draught craft goodness. One of my favorite places in Beacon.
September 23rd Juan Murphy's - Poughkeepsie, Ny
Irish pub with Mexican grub... and Mike Hamel playing music! 8:30-11. Come on by! 796 Main St, Arlington, NY 12603
April 26th Keep on keeping on
Since we've last spoke, I opened for Kansas with an awesome group of musician friends, I've tracked yet another new song ("Almost Over") for the new record "LIES" at Nada Studios with John Naclerio, and I'm getting ready to move into a new place where I finally get to set up my own studio room!! Good things are happening and will continue to happen! Check my SHOWS page for new dates and details.
"LIES" is nearing completion and is still looking like a mid-Summer release. As soon as this is good to go, i'll book a debut show and bring it all to life full-band style!
Can't wait to play these new tunes for you guys! The new batch is more diverse and more visceral than anything I've done before. It shall be awesome. More to come!!
May 14 Upcoming Shows List!
September 29th Tavern 23 - Poughkeepsie, Ny
This is one place you don't want to skip! Awesome outdoor seating for this late Summer/early Fall gig. Come on by for great food, awesome atmosphere, and music from yours truly. 5pm-8pm, 23 Verazzano Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
October 10th Junior's Lounge - Poughkeepsie, Ny
I'll be hosting an Open Mic at Junior's Lounge! Come on by and bring your favorite instrument. Signup starts at 8 then we go from 9pm-12am. Bring your A game and have some fun! 504 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
July 5 New Shows List and more!
Here's a new shows list! Also, my new records LIES is nearing completion! The tracks are all mastered and all that needs to be done is the artwork and the pressing! Aiming for a late August release date. More info to come! In the meantime, come out to a show to hear some new tunes! Also on the horizon, new music videos! Hooyea!
November 21st Red Line Bar and Grill - Nashville, TN
Mike Hamel & Kim Petrarca are playing the Performing Writer Showcase at Redline Bar & Grill! Hosted by Cathy & Dave, this showcase is one of a kind, featuring solo sets for each writer. Please join us for a Monday Funday- open mic follows the show!
August 23 End-of-summer Update
So even though Summer is in the throes of its usual wind-down, I've got some killer shows left to play. I also have "LIES" coming out in what looks like late September.
Coming up this Friday, I'll be playing at Juan Murphy's in Poughkeepsie, 8:30pm-11pm.
On Saturday, I'll be doing my final installment in my Summer residency at Draught Industries in Beacon, Ny, 9pm-12am.
Hope to see you all out at these "End of Summer" gigs! Come get ya' fix!