Rock band Miggs to play acoustic set June 18 in Kennewick

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJune 12, 2014 

Miggs will play in Kennewick on June 18. Also performing will be Terry McDermott, third-place finisher on The Voice a couple of years ago, and Karen McCormick, who has won several area singing competitions.

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Don Miggs looks a bit like a younger version of Dennis Quaid, but he sings much better than the legendary actor.

Miggs, from Florida, brings his rock band to the Tri-Cities on June 18 for a concert at The Roxy Wine Bar in downtown Kennewick. This is his first visit to the area as he his bandmates embark on a national tour, celebrating their latest album, 15th and Hope.

Miggs doesn't get into much political songwriting, but he does write songs that spark a dose of reality for people, he told the Herald in a phone interview.

His song, Let the Games Begin, is a good example. He recruited the infamous celebrity Lindsay Lohan to star in the video for the song since he figured she could identify with its message.

Miggs said Let the Games Begin was inspired by the Showtime series Dexter, which he described in an Access Hollywood interview as a story about a guy who seems sweet but does things that aren't so sweet.

And though he told the Herald that Lohan had some issues that made her difficult to work with at times, in truth all she needed was a "smack and a hug."

"Too many times people put these celebrity kids on a pedestal when they're not mature enough to handle the fame," Miggs said. "Then we toss them to the wolves and beat them up when they screw up. Lindsay had her moments, but she a nice kid too."

The Miggs Band recently returned from a tour of Japan where they entertained American troops, which the band has done a few times during the past 10 years, Miggs said.

"I am patriotic, but not a fan of war," he said. "And my music is not politically charged."

Miggs began playing music professionally in 2001, though he changed band members several times. Today, the group is made up of Michael Lombardo on bass, Walker Adams on drums and John Luzzi on guitar.

Most of their sound is categorized as rock, but Miggs said he goes unplugged when they play more intimate venue's, like The Roxy.

"What's cool about our acoustic show is that anything can happen," he said. "I like happy songs that tell a story, and I prefer to play them with the audience and not to the audience."

When he isn't performing, Miggs likes to hang with his wife and kids. He's married to Lisa DeBartolo, of the famous DeBartolo family that made a fortune in real estate and the former owners of the San Francisco 49ers. They have two young sons, Milo and Jasper.

"I'm thankful for many things in my life, but I'm also a lucky man who found the right woman, and we have two great kids," Miggs said.

Also performing at the Roxy with Miggs will be Terry McDermott, who finished second on NBC's The Voice a few seasons ago. Karen McCormick also performs. She won the American Idol competition held at Wildhorse Casino in 2012 as well as the Got Talent Spokane contest last year.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Buy tickets on ticketfly.com.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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