4023 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
9:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
MiZ is a soulful, rock-Americana band from central Pennsylvania whose music is influenced primarily by of Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, The Black Crowes, Ray LaMontagne, The Allman Brothers and Tony Rice. The band's sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of northeast Pennsylvania and the songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and it's cultural heritage. The singer / songwriter / guitarist Mike Mizwinski gives name to the band and it is his heart and soul" poured into the words and his guitar" that drives it all forward, bouncing between the living memory of his childhood in the middle of nowhere PA and the New York City music scene that has become his second home.
From an early age, Mike was drawn to the guitar" thanks in no small way to his parents' love of music and their immersion in the local music community" and there is even a photo of Mike at two years of age holding a Harmony guitar while sitting on his father's lap. By the age of seven, Mike was sitting in with the country bluegrass band Old Friends " a northeast Pennsylvania group that included Mike's aunt and uncle " at festival events in front of 2,000+ person crowds, and by his early teens, Mike was leading a jam band power trio called The Appalachian Barn House Band. However, within three months of moving to Florida to pursue a music degree, Mike was living the cliche of the tortured artist, failing out of school, struggling with drug abuse and spiraling into the darkest period of his life. He moved back North to York, PA, entered a recovery house and began to write the honest, reflective original songs that have" years later" become MiZ fan favorites including "Wink $8.00,