NAME: Mike Grutka
BAND AFFILIATION: The Mike Grutka Project
INSTRUMENT: Mainly Acoustic/Electric Guitars and Vocals, but I also play keyboards, bass, drums, violin, cello and percussion. And of course, Kazoo.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Fables of the Reconstruction” by REM. I got hooked and now own everything they’ve ever done. I still have it on vinyl.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Ray Charles at the New York State Fair. It was at the free concert stage, and we were wanting to sit for a while as we’d been at the fair for a long time. I don’t think we knew he was performing. We’d go to the fair about 4-5 times a year when I was growing up and walk around to all the exhibit buildings. So every once in awhile we all needed to sit down and rest. I didn’t really know who he was at the time, but I remember being just floored by the band and his voice.