Name: Mike Notaro
Lives: Arlington Heights, IL
From: Mt Prospect, IL
Plays: Gibson Les Pauls and Takamine acoustic guitars
Favorite Song To Play At The Moment: Over My Head, The Fray
Favorite Local Band: Chris Buehrle is a super-talented Chicago singer/songwriter whom I both work with and love listening to. Bluesy/soulful folk rock with a side of tasty riffs! Also, wish more people (and record labels) would demand another record from Bottle of Justus (Bloomington, IL). These guys write as well as any other alt rock band out there. Whatta ya say Gents?
Music: After playing, listening to and learning songs for our band, I tend to listen to other stuff at home and on the road. I like throwing on my Pandora stations (from Italian Traditional to Bach to Trance to Toots & the Maytals). It gives my ears and brain a “breather” from my beloved rock music! Otherwise, I grew up on many of the folky singer/song writers like James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and Billy Joel. I’m a big Guster fan, and tend to lean toward singer/songwriter stuff (Pete Yorn, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Death Cab). Anything with killer production is on the radar, too: Sting, Third Eye Blind, Donald Fagen – been listening a lot to the new Angels & Airwaves. If I need new music to listen to, Aaron will send me one of his Pandora Stations . . . usually when we’re sitting next to each other in the car . . . and while he’s sticking countless Will Ferrill and random YouTube videos in my face . . . while I’m driving.
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