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About Mike

Mike Mattingly has been playing and enjoying music for his entire life.

Three years ago, he started his journey as a solo artist, drawing his inspirations from everything from rock, funk, blues, and jazz. Mike regularly plays anywhere from street corners in Soulard to bigger venues like Trainwreck Saloon Westport, Crown Valley Winery, One 19 North, and Mile 277.  

Mike's unique take on well-known tunes includes his ability to play a variety of instruments, as he puts on an energetic one-man show, playing with backing tracks he's pre-recorded, one instrument at a time.

In addition to his original music, Mike features some reworked favorites, like his creative medley of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" and Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing". You might even catch him throwing in an occasional acoustic Lady Gaga tune.  

Mike is always working on new and original music, available here on his site and in person.  When he's not playing music, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, and playing tennis and hockey.

 

 

282

A lot of people have asked what the “282″ on my guitar strap is all about so here it is…

282 is the badge number for the late law enforcement officer Tom “Fritz” Ballman. Tom was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 7th, 2008 in the tragic and senseless Kirkwood City Hall shootings.

I am proud to say that Tom Ballman was my friend. We had gone to school together since 6th grade. The very first time I ever performed music in front of anyone was in Tom’s basement during a party he hosted in 8th grade. I remember Tom being so supportive and enthusiastic about us performing at his party despite the fact that we were just starting to learn our instruments and were not very proficient, to say the least. We were brutal, yet Tom was always complimenting us. I will never forget that. I wear my “282″ strap as a way of making sure that Tom is never forgotten. Folks always come up to me at shows and ask what the 282 means and I get the pleasure of telling them all about a guy who was worth talking about. Tom “Fritz” Ballman will never be forgotten.

Tom’s wife, Cindy, has established “The Fritz Foundation” as a way of keeping Tom’s memory alive and continuing his life’s work of helping others. Please visit www.thefritzfoundation.org for more information.

Peace and love,

Mike