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Stay tuned for upcoming gigs this summer! - March 1, 2019

Waukesha Winter Jan-boree! - January 7, 2012

I will be playing Friday, January 20th at the new "Montecito Ristorante Lounge" in downtown Waukesha - this is an extension of the Friday Night Live series (during the summer) that is also part of Waukesha's Winter Jamboree.

Montecito Ristorante Lounge is a new Italian-American restaurant that is housed in the old space of the "El Ranchito" Mexican restaurant - right across the street from "Poppin' On Broadway" where I play often for Friday Night Live.

I have all of their contact information below along with a recent article on the restaurant and its new proprietors. I do hope to see you there!!!
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Montecito Ristorante Lounge
257 W. Broadway
Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone: 262-542-7470

Friday Night Live!! - June 17, 2011

Once again it’s that time of the year – downtown Waukesha’s Friday Night Live!! I’ll be playing three dates this summer – all of the details can be found in the Calendar section to your right ------>
July 1 – The Steaming Cup
Sept. 16 – Poppin’ On Broadway
Sept. 23 – The Steaming Cup
(all times 6:30 - 8:30 PM - rain or shine)

See you there!!

Lots of summer giggin'!!! - May 21, 2009

Hey there –
Long time no hear…not much new going on since last summer – BUT - that’s all about to change. This summer is gearing up to be pretty busy and I’m playing a couple of new places for the Friday Night Live series in downtown Waukesha.

Many of you have been to The Steaming Cup and I will be playing there as well, but the first new place is “The Clinton St. Gallery,” an art gallery just a hop, skip, and a jump from The Steaming Cup.

The second new place is “Poppin’ On Broadway,” a gourmet popcorn shop just 2 blocks from the Steaming Cup. They offer many, many different kinds/flavors of popcorn and believe me (I’ve tried it), it is DELICIOUS!!!! The popcorn shop is sponsoring the stage along with El Ranchito, a Mexican restaurant across the street, so if it’s raining, I will be playing indoors in the restaurant. Gourmet popcorn and Mexican food – you can’t go wrong!!
For all of the summer dates, directions, maps and all the information you could possibly need, visit the CALENDAR section to your right ---->
I hope to see you this summer!!

New photos & a video clip - August 13, 2008

Hi all -
Just a note to let you know that there are some new photos uploaded from my recent Friday Night Live gig at The Steaming Cup - they are found in The Steaming Cup folder in the photos section to your right -------> Or just click on this link -
There is also a short video clip of "In These Clouds" from that same night - enjoy!

A few new things to take note of!! - August 23, 2007

A few new things to take note of -
1) New montages!!!

I am taking a break from working on my next solo CD to work on some long-awaited and much requested Suburban Gypsies projects. The slideshow montages (right on the front/homepage) are taken from a TON of pictures in my vault set to some live Suburban Gypsies songs that we recorded for a couple of cassettes that were available in the 90's (more on that below). I featured each one of the band members (including myself obviously) in three of the montages backed by a song that that particular person sang (like Eric singing "Volcano" - that montage features photos of him) and so forth. Over the years, (including up to recently), I've had people asking about the Gypsies and what an amazing time that was, so I figured I'd share some of our photos - live and on the road.

2) Old Suburban Gypsies cassettes now available for purchase on CD!!

As stated previously, I've had people asking me over the years whatever became of the old Suburban Gypsies cassettes that we recorded back in the 90's - and how can they be acquired?? Well, I've combined the two cassettes, "Standing Room Only" and "Still Standing" and made them available on one CD - You can purchase them when you see me at any of my live solo shows, or online using a credit card (it is totally secure). Only $15.00 for 19 songs! Due to time constraints for fitting all the songs on one CD, I had to leave a couple of songs off - but rest assured, all of the BEST ones are on it!! To purchase online - click on the "Merchandise" link to your right -------->

Dreaming of Charleston - June 27, 2007

At the time of this writing, it is 90 degrees, 80% humidity with a dew point of 73. Oppressive - and I absolutely love it. It reminds me of the time I spent with my Mom in one of my most favorite places in the world, Charleston, South Carolina. So I pretend and dream that that is where I am right now :)

Not much news here or much to report, but I do have a gig at The Steaming Cup in Waukesha coming up in August as part of the Friday Night Live outdoor concert series. Details are in the calendar section to your right and I hope to see you then if not before.

YES - I am still writing, recording and working on my next CD in my studio. It will be all acoustic - along the lines of Indigo Girls' "Strange Fire" or Kristen Hall's "Real Life Stuff." Patience….please……

Have a wonderful, awesome, safe and steamy summer!

Meeting Howard Jones - January 26, 2007

I had the great pleasure of seeing Howard Jones on his acoustic tour that he's on right now with only him on piano and Robin Boult on guitar. As some of you are aware, I am not one of those people who fall into fads and passing trends - if I like someone's music and musicianship, I follow and support their career continually, no matter how long or what phases it takes. Most people remember Howard Jones as an electronic-pop 80's icon. Yes, he was that, but I have continually followed his career for 23 years, so it was an absolute dream to see this acoustic performance as well as being able to meet him. I first saw him live in 1985, so I brought along a picture I took of him during that performance back then. I have a few pictures of me and Howard after the show that I just uploaded to the PHOTOS section to your right - look for it under the header - "Mia and some famous people." ----->

New old photos added - December 31, 2006

Since the 90's were such an extremely debaucherous decade for me, the Sub Gyps, and my extended peeps, I thought I'd share a few pictures I came across while I was cleaning (yes, really cleaning.)

The photos range from about 1993 - 1998. As you can see, we had A LOT of fun (more than anyone should probably legally have had), but we came through it relatively unscathed. You may also notice that in many of the pictures, we are drinking - yes, again, it was the 90's and I'll leave it at that.

** Cafe Press Update!! - November 16, 2006

As some of you may have seen (and might have already purchased), I have a new line of merchandise available for purchase via Café Press (click on the link below).

** They have recently added MORE COLORS for t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts. Just check out the black t-shirt and you will be able to see the additional colors there.

They always have online discount codes or coupons that you can use at check out. They are usually only good for a specific allotted timeframe, so they will expire eventually. I will try to update them weekly or keep you updated with the latest discount codes. So, if at anytime you should feel the need to get your "Mia" t-shirts, hats or other swag, check here first for the latest discount codes.

* (If you are uncomfortable ordering online, you can also place your order by phone at 1-877-809-1659 during their customer service hours - Monday-Saturday 9 AM - 9 PM EST.


Ring tones now available! - April 12, 2006



* Yes, you can now get your very own Mia Montenegro ring tone for your cell phone - only .99 cents!! Click below for your choice of three different songs!

Steaming Cup shows

* New Video and photos added - March 27, 2006

Thanks to all who showed up for my debut there on Saturday and made it a great night! I'm very excited to report that we have booked shows there on a monthly basis through September.

Check back soon for the specific dates and information regarding the added shows at The Steaming Cup!

If you happened to miss the show or couldn't make it, I have posted 4 new videos. They can be found in the MUSIC ~ VIDEO section to your right under VIDEO - The Steaming Cup.

New (old) video and pictures added! - March 10, 2006

Well, I finally got some video up on the website - although it’s new "old" video from 2000. I was scavenging through a bunch of old media on my computer and voila! These popped up. So I figured, what the heck, I'll put 'em up. They can be found in the newly labeled - MUSIC ~ VIDEO section. There are also a few pictures from those days that I've posted in the PHOTOS section as well.

FYI - there's nothing wrong with YouTube (the player and host-site that you watch the videos through), but yes, the quality of the actual videos themselves is pretty poor, but still watchable. Since these were taken back in 2000, digital video technology hadn't advanced to what it is today. I hope to get more up to date video clips in the coming months - but in the meantime, enjoy!

New gigs coming up! - February 21, 2006

Hey there - I've got a few gigs coming up in the next couple of months I want to tell you about - so hope fully you'll spread the word and get a bunch of people out to Waukesha !!

First of all - it's at a place called "The Steaming Cup," right in the heart of downtown Waukesha. There is a MapQuest map and directions on the CALENDAR page, as well as the particulars - I play 6:30 - 9:00 PM. I have been there and it is a wonderful place for meeting up with some friends for coffee (they have a VAST array) as well as tea, smoothies and sandwiches. And just so you know, while it's a totally awesome place to hang, it is a coffeehouse afterall, hence they serve NO alcohol (and you know how I like cold one after a show), but that's OKAY. ;)

So anyway, it's a smaller place, therefore I will not be doing the whole sequencer/electric guitar thang. I will have my P.A., but other than that, it's just me and Marty (my Martin D-28 guitar) - an all-acoustic show !

I truly hope to see you all there supporting me as I make my foray back into the world of live giggin'! Also - get those song requests in and I'll try to do as many as possible! Send them to -
See you at The Steaming Cup! Peace!!
March 25

Al Franken - December 7, 2005

I had the priviledge of attending an Al Franken lecture and book signing recently and while he's much too big of a star to chat and pose for a photo op with all of us ;) we were able to get our book signed! You can check out a couple of pictures I took in the PHOTOS section to your right ---->

Updates - links, photos, etc... - September 30, 2005

Updates!! These have been up for a little while, but I have some pictures I took from the Indigo Girls concert I attended earlier this month - click on the PHOTOS link to your right. Also, while I haven't actually completed a personal "bio" per say, I have updated the MANIFESTO (aka Biography) page with a Q & A session referencing actual questions or comments people have asked me or made to me over the many years. I have also added a link (in the LINKS section) to a cool European independent music site which is also selling my CD. Check out all of these new links and features by clicking on the appropriate link to your right --->

New pictures - September 7, 2005

I've added some brand new pictures of my annual gig for the campers in Wautoma, WI - where we have our yearly Labor Day weekend gathering. And yes, it was VERY hot !! (No air conditioning in these buildings.)

New pictures with Sonny Landreth! - July 18, 2005

Hi all -
Well, I got to catch up with my slide guitar idol, Sonny Landreth, who played this year at Milwaukee's Bastille Days. You can see some brand new photos I took (some pretty cool artistic looking ones for that matter), along with the 3rd installment of the "Mia & Sonny" photo collection (you knew I'd meet him again and get a new picture) !! :) Just click on the "PHOTOS" link to your right - enjoy!

Thank you - and new photos - May 19, 2005

First off -
I want to thank those of you who have expressed your condolences to me via e-mail or cards regarding the recent passing of my Mom in April who fought a relatively short, but courageous battle with lung cancer. I was truly and sincerely touched, and they were much appreciated.

Now - on to brighter news….
I recently had the pleasure of seeing Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee (3rd row center orchestra pit no less), so of course you know I have pictures (they were allowed as long as you didn't use flash.) So I have updated the PHOTOS section with an assortment of pictures of Chapin and the band - check 'em out now by clicking on the PHOTOS link to your right.

Yes - I actually am in the studio working on my next CD. As mentioned in previous news posts here in this section it will be all-acoustic, along the lines of Indigo Girls' "Strange Fire" or Kristen Hall's "Real Life Stuff." I am also still writing and working on some pre-production for a lot of the material that will go on that CD - so stay tuned!

Digital downloads, more songs and lyrics added - March 3, 2005

Hey there - check out the LINKS section where you can click on to mp3 - where you can legally download the entire CD, "Somewhere In Between" or individual songs at .88 cents a piece!

Every single song from "Somewhere In Between" is now added in the MUSIC section for you to listen to clips. Also included are all of the lyrics for each and every song, and a few more "stories" behind some of the new additions.

Back from Jamaica! - February 22, 2005

I recently returned from a trip to Jamaica (yes, I literally got to "Go South") - obviously it was FANTASTIC! So the news is that I've included a bunch of photos from my trip in the PHOTOS section, titled "Jamaica Vacation" (I know, very clever…)

I went with a group of friends, Charlie, Matt, Tim and his wife Christine, so you'll see a lot of pictures of those people. We also met some other people at our resort along the way like Carol and Gene from St. Louis, who accompanied Charlie and me on a trip to Negril where we watched the famous sunset and saw some locals cliff diving.

Also - more photos of famous people! I recently had the pleasure of seeing the Russian bluegrass band Bering Strait, and got to meet them briefly after their show. Check out a couple of pictures I took of them in the PHOTOS secton (the Famous People link.)

And don't forget, feel free to peruse the rest of the website's PHOTOS, LINKS, and MUSIC clips if you haven't already done so.

Latest changes to the site - - February 2, 2005

As always - the HOTLINE number for your reference -

I have made a few changes that I think will help with the navigation of the site -

In the MUSIC section, each CD, band (music group I was in), or era of songs are now grouped appropriately together. So when you click on "Somewhere In Between" you'll get all the clips for that specific CD, and so on and so forth. I've also begun including a few "song stories" for some of the clips, just click on the title of each song. (Of course, all of them "might" not have the story behind them - I can't give that much away you know!)

In the PHOTOS section, the same thing applies - for example, Summerfest pics are grouped together, as well as certain "eras" or periods of time that are related. There are of course a few of each (music clips and pictures, that is), that do not exactly fit into a particular group, so they'll just be left out there and ungrouped.

Same goes for the LINKS - I've added some new ones and have also grouped some others that belong together.

As always, keep checking back, I will be continually adding photos, music clips, stories, links and more??

More songs and photos added! - January 18, 2005

Welcome to the new website. It will be going through a lot of changes over the course of the next several weeks, and as I previously mentioned, I would be working on adding more songs to the MUSIC section as well as PHOTOS. I have done so, and will probably be adding a few more before I'm finished, as well as tweaking the overall site and its nuances.

* As mentioned above, there are a bunch of pictures added in the PHOTOS section, some recent and some really old, as well as some from the Suburban Gypsies days - in fact some of you may even be in them if not now, in the future, so check back ! ;)

* Check out the MUSIC section where there are now several mp3s from both the solo CD, "Somewhere In Between" and one of the Suburban Gypsies live CDs - "Again." Lyrics are also available for each of the song clips from my solo CD, just click on the name of the song.

People have also been asking me over the years what happened to my old bandmates, or the music we recorded from the old Suburban Gypsies cassettes, "Standing Room Only" and "Still Standing." Well, you can now find some of them in the MUSIC section, just click on the link to your right. I have also included some background information and credits for each of those songs - just move your mouse over the title of each song and click - pretty cool!

I have also done the same with some REALLY OLD songs from my pre Sub Gyp days when I was in a band called, "12th Night." Just click on the title of each song for the information. As I said, people have been asking about my old band days, so I thought what the heck, I'll throw whatever I've got out there (that's reasonably acceptable), so here it is.

As a singer/songwriter, I am sometimes asked about the stories behind the songs on my solo CD. When people ask, "What's that song about, or who's that about?" I hesitate to answer, at least not in an absolute veritable way. The first thing that comes to my mind is, "No way, I'm not giving it up!" But an easier answer might be found in a line from my song, "Guilty" that goes.."If anyone knows, well they didn't hear it from me."

I don't mean to be snarky, but I mean it in the sense that songs should be interpreted however the listener wants to interpret them, and should have a meaning that, to them is their own. I think everyone relates to songs however they're feeling or whatever it is they're going through and how it suits their purpose or situation. So I don't necessarily want to spoil that by telling them that the song is not about what they thought it was. ;)

I once even had someone tell me (in a well-meaning, semi-serious way) that they were so upset that I went through what I did in the song "Guilty" that they wanted to hunt the guy down and punch him! ;)

So, long story short, I will provide SOME background information on the songs from my CD in the near future, so check back soon for that if you care.. ;) Okay, enough for now -


Digital downloads available - January 14, 2005

Digital downloads from the entire CD "Somewhere In Between" can now also be found at such popular sites as Music Match, Napster, Apple iTunes, Buy Music, AOL's MusicNet, and MSN Music along with many other of the most popular digital download sites. Direct links are not included here because many of those sites require either some sort of subscription or a download of their program or player - but if you already download from those sites, then you're good to go, check 'em out!

Latest News - January 11, 2005

As most of you know by now, I've sustained damage to the nerves in my ears, called - Hyperacusis - (see - therefore, I have to permanently cut back on live performances unless again, some miracle occurs that changes these problems. So I will still continue to play out live, only less frequently, and I will also be focusing more on writing and working on my next CD and my own musical projects in my home studio.

I've got a lot of material that I plan to begin work on, and the feel and sound of the next CD will be along the lines of Indigo Girls' "Strange Fire" and Kristen Hall's "Real Life Stuff" - more acoustic and stripped down like when I was playing coffeehouses and more folk-type venues back in my college days.

It?s been brought to my attention that I have been fortunate enough to have met and occasionally hung out with some very cool (and famous) people, (Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Sonny Landreth, just to name a few). You can check out my brushes with fame in the PHOTOS section. There will also be more photos (some very old and some newer) of me and Suburban Gypsies (back in the day), and a lot more pictures slowly but surely being added ? so check back soon and check back often!

That's it - hope to see you soon - peace!

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