Mike Lasala
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1/3/07 Mike's "George the Gifter" named one of the best singles of 2006 by PLAY Magazine. Click here for the full article


12/19/06 Mike spotted on News Channel 8; "This Strange Place" sells out at CD Baby for 2nd time
Mike was one of many performers including Glenn Roth and SoulSpeak who played a benefit this past Sunday in honor of the late New Haven Police Officer, Dan Picagli. Picagli was tragically killed when a car hit him while on duty in October 2006. All proceeds from the benefit are going to an education fund for his children. Several folks have mentioned that  Mike was heard--and reportedly seen--playing "May the Sun Shine" as part of a  segment on WTNH News Channel 8 . If anyone has a link to the video or happened to tape it please email akousticgrooves@yahoo.com.  In other news, following a very successful CD release party at Books & Co  (photos to come soon), This Strange Place has sold out for a second time at CD Baby.


12/7/06 Evolution Rock - Mike Lasala has a new CD,
New Haven Advocate
For Mike Lasala ’s next show—a CD release thing for his new disc, This Strange Place (see review in this issue) at Books & Co.—the thoughtful, subtly groovin’ singer-songwriter grabs an electric guitar and fronts a full band.
Click here to read the full article


12/6/06 Singer/Songwriter Mike Lasala Finds his Musical Place,
PLAY Magazine
Singer/songwriter Mike Lasala's sitting back in his chair, sipping his beer and talking about all the concerts he's attended in the past. He says he seen a bunch of shows on the stage right behind him, at Cafe Nine. But it's those huge stadium spectacles of his past that made the biggest impact, seeing hard rock acts at their commercial peak in big venues. Click here to read the full article


11/6/06  "This Strange Place" sells out at CD Baby--now available on iTunes; "Lose the Fence" on 99.1 WPLR
The first shipment of  CD Baby sold out in a day! Another shipment is en route to CD Baby as we speak with a waiting list of folks ready to buy.  This Strange Place is also now available on iTunes where you can buy the entire record in digital format or just specific songs.  A fan heard the song "Lose the Fence" on  WPLR 99.1 Local Bands on Sunday 11/5/06.  Thanks to James Velvet and Rick Allison for supporting local bands and those listening.


10/22/06  Mike Lasala Invites Listeners to "This Strange Place"
New Haven, CT-based singer/songwriter, Mike Lasala (pronounced luh-sal-uh), merges gritty vocals, classic rock influences, and pop sensibilities on his sophomore release, This Strange Place (2006) to create “[an album] that could be huge on classic rock, modern rock or adult album alternative radio,” says an industry insider. A seasoned solo acoustic performer, Lasala enlisted Al Raebuck (acoustic guitar and backing vocals), Mike Franzman (drums) and Pete Szymanski (bass) to serve as his backing band for the 11 song offering, recorded at Whitehouse Studios in Shelton, CT. Working with this group of area musicians allowed Lasala to realize his creative vision while still affording him the flexibility to perform the songs live in a variety of configurations (i.e. solo acoustic, duo, trio, or quartet). “While I generally describe my style as acoustic rock, I think the album’s style is best described as neo-classic rock,” says Lasala—who cites Neil Young, Cat Stevens, John Mellencamp and The Doors among his many influences. “It was nice to be able to showcase some of my electric guitar playing since a lot of folks don’t know I play lead guitar. I was going for a classic but contemporary sound and I think we nailed it!”
An introspective person by nature, Lasala draws inspiration from his life experience and tries to convey his observations, frustrations, and lessons learned via song—both for the cathartic value as well as to let others know they are not alone on this journey we call life. On This Strange Place, Lasala opts for storytelling (George the Gifter), expressing frustration and imparting wisdom (Lose the Fence, Somewhere to Be), or just generally rocking out (Where I Dwell, May the Sun Shine) while steering clear of clichéd subject matter. Lasala even takes a page from the Steve Miller Band’s classic hit, “The Joker,” by coining a new word--“elusitivity”--on the album’s catchy anthem, We Do What We Want.
With a CD release party slated for December 8th, 2006 , at Books & Co.in Hamden, CT, and more gigs to follow, Lasala hopes This Strange Place will be a place others will want to visit for years to come.
Fri, Dec 8th, 2006. CD Release Party for Mike Lasala’s This Strange Place. Books & Co., 1235 Whitney Ave, Hamden CT. 7pm. Free admission. All ages welcome. 203-248-9449. www.mikelasala.com


10/14/06  Mike's new release "This Strange Place" arrives; CD release party slated for December 2006.
After almost a year since recording began, Mike's sophomore release is finally complete.  Recorded and mastered at Whitehouse Studios in Shelton, CT, the album features 11 songs that sound amazing!  Stay tuned for details regarding the official CD release.


11/01/05 Mike and the Evolving Souls heading into the studio.
ML and the ES will be tracking nine songs for Mike's new cd slated to be released in March 2006. It'll be a mix of full band arrangements of songs from Somewhere to Be as well as new songs including Deep Water.
Title is still to be determined but "Deja Voodoo" is being kicked around as well as "Ebb and Flow" and "Trials and tribulations of a young dude"


6/10/05  Mike to perform live at
WPLR's "Buried at the Beach." Mike will take his unique brand of acoustic rock to the shores of West Haven beach on 7/25 (12pm) and 7/27 (3pm) for an annual WPLR tradition. The radio station will be broadcasting live from the beach so tune in and you might just hear Mike.


3/1/05 Mike rehearsing four new songs with the Evolving Souls for upcoming CD.  Mike and the Evolving Souls (Al Raebuck, Mike Franzman, and Pete Szymanski) have been rehearsing new tunes for the next CD.  The CD will merge the four new songs with eight of Mike's classic tunes from the "Somewhere to Be" CD being re-recorded with a full band.  Target date for release is Fall 2005. New songs include Fade (a solid acoustic rock tune about facing those things you don't want to face); Where I Dwell (a portrait of a loner); Deep Water (a commentary of all the people who told you never to take risks in your life); and Count on Me (homage to the old adage "If you want something done, do it yourself). Check back for sound clips.


1/11/04 "Somewhere to Be" sells out for 3rd time at
CDBaby.com. For the 3rd time in as many months since the CDs release, "Somewhere to Be" has sold out. Copies are still available at Cutler's Records in New Haven, CT for you locals and should be back in stock at CD Baby in a week or so.


1/4/04 - MikeLasala.com ranked#10 out of 948 web sites @
Local Band Finder as of 1/4/04
Thanks all of you for your clicks over to Local Band Finder. I wonder if we can push it up to #1? Click here.


12/27/03 - Mike is the featured artist at
Radio X Live in Dayton, OH.  Thanks to all your requests for "I Fell" Mike is the featured artist at this very cool Internet-based radio station.  Check it out by clicking here.


12/19/03 - "I Fell" is the #1 most requested song at Radio Devil as of 12/19/03
Thanks to all the soul-searchers out there for the support.  You rock!  Click here to make a request!


12/17/03 - Mike performs with a full band for the first time in three years! 
Mike and his backing band, The Evolving Souls, showed the folks at Alchemy in New Haven, CT that acoustic rock doesn't have to be mellow or folky.  Mike, along with Pete Szymanski (bass), Al Raebuck (guitar/backing vocals) and Mike Franzman (drums) kicked the set off with Friend in Need and went on to crank out 9 more songs from "Somewhere to Be" to a very enthusiastic audience.


12/7/03 - George the Gifter, I Fell, Man of the Road & Somewhere to Be getting airplay on the Internet and 99.1 WPLR.
The local bands show on 99.1 WPLR has spun three tracks from the record Somewhere to Be in as many weeks. James Velvet, Local Bands co-host and local music champion, has offered some very cool comments on the record.  On the Internet,  Radio Devil, Radio X Live, and CT Ultra Radio have been spinning songs from the record and responding to email requests for I Fell and other tunes off the record.


11/6/03 - After selling out twice "Somewhere to Be" back in stock at CD Baby !
The first two shipments of Somewhere to Be were scooped up fast by fans in Texas, Michigan, New York, Connecticut and England. Click here to read what they're saying.


11/6/03 - "Ninth Square Marketeer" gets a spin on Belgium Radio! Ray Pieters of Radio Golden Flash in Belgium emailed to let the Mike know "Ninth Square Marketeer" got a spin during his radio show which reportedly reaches over 200,000 listeners.  Thanks Ray!


10/19/03 - "Somewhere to Be" CD Release a sold-out success
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It was standing room only for the Somewhere to Be CD release party at Elm City Java on Friday, October 17, 2003. We came with 40 copies of the "Somewhere to Be" CD thinking maybe we'd sell 15. We left with zero.
Al Raebuck and Marc Douglas Berardo featuring Liam Bailey and Pete Szymanski each performed amazing  sets of original acoustic folk/rock influenced songs that set the tone nicely for the evening. Mike took the stage around 10:00pm and with the help of Szymanski on bass and  Raebuck on guitar/backing vocals delivered Somewhere to Be in its entirety, complete with the crowd shaking along to "Impatient" and hoots and hollers in the middle of "Man of the Road" for  Mike's signature guitar licks. Two encores later (All I Want, I Want to Be You) the night was over and much to Mike's amazement he had numerous requests to autograph copies of the CD. He even woke the next morning to find he got phone messages from fans around 2:00am singing All I Want. Indeed a very humbling experience.
All contents copyright M. Lasala 2001 - 2006