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Mike Block - Cellist Extraordinaire

Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ Apr 29, 2010

May 7, 2010

Kimmy Sophia Brown

Yowee, it is hard to categorize cellist, singer-songwriter Mike Block! He opened a show for the Bee Eaters and dazzled the audience with his energetic and humorous style. A wiry guy with bright eyes and quick fingers, he began with some Appalachian folk tunes, a Bach piece and then, with a fine, tenor voice sang, “I’m not scared”, a complex, original song. He continued with some of his other zany compositions, such as “Have You Ever Been?” and “Concert Teeth”.

Mike BlockHe twirled his bow like a cowboy twirling a six-shooter and took us on a tour of the possibilities of sounds that can come from a cello. Zings, slides, rub-a-dubs, pluckings and sawings and finger tap dancing all over the neck. Really, it was hard to fathom how he could keep his fingers going, juxtaposed like scaffolding, and then sing a tune over the whole thing.

He performed a medley of gorgeous Arabic folk tunes and did a cover of Fats Waller’s “Aint Misbehavin’”, making a funny horn sound by blowing his lips.

Mike was educated at Julliard and has played with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio. Holy sheep gut Mike, you’re a genius! Many blessings to you and your fingers, you have a long, successful career ahead of you!

You can hear Mike at

Find out more about him at

For music lovers visiting Portland, Maine, I highly recommend
One Longfellow Square ~ "Portland's Premier Arts Venue"
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Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember. She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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