Guitarist/Vocalist/Entertainer Mike Hamilton delivers a repertoire so vast and varied, it's no surprise he's one of the steadiest-working solo artists on the nightclub circuit. Easy to admire and hard to categorize, Hamilton's inspired musicianship prompted Coaster magazine to call him "one of the more valued gems of the Orange Coast."
A Southern California native, Hamilton is a consummate guitarist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His inventive performances escort audiences through a sonic travelogue of diverse styles-from alternative, blues, R&B, country, pop and rock'n'roll-to jazz fusion, jazz standards and classical.
Switching from electric, nylon & steel string acoustic and synthesizer guitars to piano, Mike plays with instinctive fluidity and versatility, enhanced by his own smooth vocals. Within this framework, he simultaneously plays keyboard-bass pedals for additional harmonic and rhythmic variations.
No stranger to the spotlight, Hamilton has performed, toured and/or recorded with Jay Ferguson, Sting, Peter Kater, Bette Midler, Jack Tempchin, Michael Steele (of the Bangles), Jennifer Warnes,
Mick Fleetwood, Jesse Colin Young, Gary Wright, Mario Frangoulis, Andrej Sifrer,
jazz-bassist/composer Max Bennett, Rick Roberts (of Firefall), Eric Drew Feldman,
and Pure Prairie League - with whom he performed several of his own original songs. He also toured internationally with Kenny Loggins, recording lead guitar solos, background vocals and rhythm guitar parts on seven of Ken's gold and platinum Sony/Columbia albums: "Nightwatch" (which included the hit "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Stevie Nicks), "Keep the Fire"("This Is It" with Michael McDonald), "Alive," "Caddyshack"(I'm Alright), "High Adventure"("Don't Fight It" with Steve Perry and Neil Giraldo on which Mike played the bass guitar and "Heart to Heart"), "The Essential Kenny Loggins" and "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins".
George Benson, Beatles, Pat Metheny, Tony Bennett, Tom Petty, BB King, Pat Martino, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, Steeley Dan, Harry Conick Junior, Jimi Hendrix, Allan Holdsworth, Four Tops, Chet Baker, Byrds, Larry Carlton, Rolling Stones
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In addition to Laguna Beach, Mike Hamilton will also travel to Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Irvine, East Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Newport Beach, Trabuco Canyon, Aliso Vajeo, San Juan Capistrano, Corona Del Mar, Dana Point, Silverado, Tustin, Balboa Island, Santa Ana, Capistrano Beach, Balboa, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Orange, Atwood, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Villa Park, Anaheim, Corona, Garden Grove, Midway City
and many other locations in and around the Laguna Beach area.
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