Unsung Heroes: A Celebration of Mike Viola

      by Scott Gage



On June 25, singer/songwriter Inara George hosted the fundraiser “Unsung Heroes: A Celebration of Mike Viola” at Largo in Los Angeles.  George (one half of the band The Bird and the Bee) is perhaps best known to Viola fans as the voice on the other half of the duet “A Way To Say Goodbye” from Mike’s live album “Just Before DarK” (also recorded at Largo).  The evening featured guest appearances by 14 different performers offering their own renditions of Viola songs before Mike took the stage to close the show with three numbers.  Highlights of the evening included Ryan Adams’ powerful take on “Here’s The Rub”, Bleu’s daring re-imaging of “Painkillers” and the debut of a new Viola song by Kate Micucci and Becky Stark.

Special thanks to the anonymous donor who captured and shared the show for all to experience!

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