Monday, December 22, 2014

Thanks for a GREAT YEAR!!

It's been an incredible year for myself and The Nasty Notes. We can't thank you enough for your support. It means the world to us!

We are looking forward to more cool things in the new year, including more shows, new songs, and with a little luck, a brand new record! So please stay in touch, and stay tuned for a fun 2015!

Our friend Cori Miller from Cori Miller Photography took some beautiful photos at some of our recent shows.

Click here or look in our Photo Gallery, for more photo highlights from our Aster Cafe and Amsterdam Bar & Hall shows!


Michael Ray

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Update!

Dear Friends,

Just a quick note. We've got a very special night of music coming up on Wednesday, Dec. 17th, at The Aster Cafe. We'll be celebrating the holidays at one our favorite places to play! It's gonna be a super fun night of music, because we'll be sharing the stage with our special guest Bobbi Miller! Bobbi has meant the world to me and our band, and we hope you can share the night with us, as we send her off to the warmth of Arizona.

We'll be playing two sets, starting at 9pm! More info here. Reservations are encouraged, to make sure you get a good seat! Call the Aster at 612-379-3138.

Here's our Facebook invite page.

We hope you can make it out, to help us make it a night to remember!

We're also super excited to be playing on Saturday, Dec. 27th at The Nicollet, in Minneapolis. M It's an early show! And we're sharing the stage with Dan Israel! Dan is a big inspiration to me! Click here for more info on this event. We play at 8pm. Dan plays at 9pm. And check out Dan's website here!

Happy Holidays! We hope to see you soon!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Great Night!

Thanks to everyone that came out to Wild Tymes last Friday, to see The Nasty Notes play. We had a great time! And we hope to see you again soon!

Photo by Paul Tinjum!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

October shows & Update!

Dear Friends,

I hope your summer went well, and fall is off to a good start! We've got a bunch of shows coming up in October and November, that I wanted to make sure you knew about. We'd love to see you at a show!

First of all, we are so happy to playing music with a couple of new band members: Pat Wheeler (guitar) and Dan Carlsen (bass)! They are great guys and great musicians! And I hope you'll get to meet them soon!

So, we've got 3 shows coming up in October:

Thursday, October 2nd at Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis. We love Lee's! We'll be playing at 9pm, opening up for the awesome Church of Cash (Johnny Cash tribute band)! $5 cover.

Friday, October 17th at Wild Tymes in St. Paul! We're super excited for this show! We've got a great bill line-up, with music starting at 8pm with singer/songwriter Derek Lynch. Our good friend Stacy Lee and her band will be playing at 9pm. And we'll be playing at 10:15pm or so. This is a free show!

Friday, October 31st at The Tavern in Northfield, MN. This is what I'm calling our "Roll & Tumble Halloween Bash!" The Tavern is an intimate venue, so we're gonna strip it down, get out the acoustic guitars, and let it fly! We're sharing the evening's bill with our good friends, the awesome and dynamic band, Swallows! Swallows at 8pm, and we'll play at 10pm. This is a free show, as well!

Keep on rockin', and we'll see you soon!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Photo Gallery!

Check out the new photos in our Photo Gallery! Beautiful photos by Cori Miller at Cori Miller Photograpy! Click here, or on our Photo Gallery link in the table of contents.

Friday, July 11, 2014


We had a great time playing Lee's Liquor Lounge, with Stacy Lee, and The Pinata Hearts! They are so good. You gotta check them out live! Big thanks to everyone who came out to support us! It was fun to see you and help us celebrate summer!

Remember, it's only rock'n roll, so ya gotta let it fly!

Curt Hutchens - Chris Lunceford - Bryan Mulrooney - Michael Ray Pfeifer - Pat Wheeler

Photo by Cori Miller. Cori Miller Photography.

Friday, June 20, 2014


Hey everybody! We're super excited to be playing Lee's Liquor Lounge again, coming up on Thursday, July 10th. We'll be sharing the stage with two great artists, The Pinata Hearts, and Stacy Lee! Stacy is one of our favorite singer/songwriters, and The Pinata Hearts are an indie pop garage band deluxe! Be sure to check out their music!

We've got a brand new line-up, and we couldn't be more stoked to play, and kick it out! So, come on down if you can. It's gonna be a blast!

Thursday, July 10th - Doors 8:30pm - Music 9pm - $5.




Monday, June 9, 2014

Dirty Dog at The Harriet!

Here's a little dance number called Dirty Dog, that we played at the Harriet Tap Room! Enjoy!

Video - The Nasty Notes...Live on the radio!

Here's video of Curt and I playing "Hula Hoop Girls" and "Gravel Road", on KFAI's Live From Studio Five! Our thanks to Doug the Thug, and Dew Glass (Douglas Soloman) at KFAI!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Hi y'all!

Big show coming up, ....on the radio! Curt Hutchens and I will be playing live on the air at KFAI, on LIVE FROM STUDIO 5, on Wednesday, May 21st, from 10pm to midnight! We are so looking forward to it!

Be sure to tune-in to KFAI at 90.3 FM Minneapolis - 106.7 FM St. Paul, and on the internet at!

Monday, May 5, 2014


We're playing the Hoot!

Our thanks to Jim Walsh for inviting us! We couldn't be more excited! It's this Thursday, May 8th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm! At the Harriet Brewing's Tap Room!

Here's the details:

Songs, stories, shenanigans with Nigel Egg, Sam Keenan, Chris Lunceford, Allison Achterkirch, Ananda Bates, Michael Ray Pfeifer and you and me and everyone we know. Come if you can...

The Mad Ripple Hootenanny was started in November, 2006 by writer/host/singer/organizer/songwriter Jim Walsh as a way of bringing songwriters together for a one-night only round-robin of original songs and stories. Over the years, many notables have taken part in the Hoot (Billy Bragg, Dan Wilson, Elvis Perkins, Curtiss A, Ike Reilly, Ben Kyle) and been joined newbies and up-and-coming locals at Java Jack’s, the Beat Coffeeshop, the Guthrie, Banjo Jim’s in New York, Kings Wine Bar, the Aster, and others.

The Mad Ripple Hootenanny: 5:30pm

Food Truck: MidNord Empanada

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We Had A Blast! CD Release Show!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our CD RELEASE SHOW at Lee's Liquor Lounge last week! We appreciate everyone's support and couldn't do it without you!

As we've come to expect, we know when a good storm is comin'! Old Man Winter decided to show up at about 4pm, so we invited in him to party with us! Then we kicked his ass!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

About Last Night!

We had a real good time last night, sharing the stage with the wonderful Andra Suchy! If you have a chance, you've got to see Andra! Check out her upcoming shows here! Our special thanks to the Aster Café for having us back!

We've got an early evening show lined up for Saturday, April 12th at the Harriet Tap Room. It's gonna be a great night of music, with our good friends Mad Margaret at 6:30pm, The Nasty Notes at 7:30pm, and the awesome Swallows at 9pm. It's a free Saturday, and we'd love to see you out for a fun time!

And don't forget, we have our CD Release Show coming up, in just a couple of days, on Thursday, April 3rd, at Lee's Liquor Lounge. Doors 8:30pm, Music 9:30pm. We're honored and super excited to be sharing the stage with Church of Cash!

Hope to see you soon!

Peace, Mike

Photo by Andra Suchy.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014



Great news! We've rescheduled our CD Release Show, for Thursday, April 3rd, at Lee's Liquor Lounge. Doors at 8:30pm, music at 9:30pm. We're honored to be on the bill with the wonderful Church of Cash, who'll be playing at 10:45pm.

We also have a couple of gigs coming up in the next few weeks. Curt Hutchens, Bobbi Miller and myself will be playing on Saturday, March 15th, at the Driftwood Char Bar, on an excellent bill featuring James Loney & Lolo's Ghost, and the Jason Dixon Line! Music starts at 9pm. More info here.

On March 19th, we're honored to open the show for Andra Suchy, at the beautiful Aster Cafe! We love the Aster, and are excited to playing there again! See more info on this show HERE!

Check out all the 'Live Dates' on the right side of this site.

Spread the word! And we look forward to seeing you soon!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mother Nature, and upcoming shows!

Dear Friends,

We had to cancel our CD Release Show last week, due to the 'storm of the winter' here in the Twin Cities. And it was a doozy! We hope everyone made it through the weekend safe and sound! We are working very hard to reschedule our CD Release party, and we'll let you know when we do! We'd love to see you there!

We've got some great acoustic shows coming up, and we'd love to see you out supporting live, local music. On March 19th, we're honored to open the show for Andra Suchy, at the beautiful Aster Cafe! We love the Aster, and are excited to playing there again! See more info on this show HERE!

And, we've just booked a Friday night in support of James Loney & Lolo's Ghost, at one of the funnest places in town, the Driftwood Char Bar. It's all happening on Friday, May 16th! So put it on your calendar, and come on down!

Peace & Rock'n Roll! --Mike

Friday, February 21, 2014

City Pages!

We got a nice write up in the City Pages about our new record The Higher You Climb! Thanks to Youa Vang for her kind words!