2014 - Individual Artist
Mick Staebell knew that he had an insatiable desire for music at age 7, when he took his first piano lesson. What he didn’t know is that his desire would drive him to perform over 2,000 shows throughout the Midwest for more than 40 years.
During his music career, Staebell has performed at over 100 different venues throughout the state including the Surf Ballroom, the Iowa State Fair, Lake Okoboji, Sturgis Falls, Val Air Ballroom, the Electric Park, as well as many other locations around the state.
Staebell believes that music is a gift from God and is so grateful that his mother and father helped develop this gift at such an early age. He is also proud that his 3 kids and grandchildren continue this music tradition.
From 1971 to 1972, Staebell performed with his first real band, “Threshold,” which he joined at age 16. After the success of “Threshold”, Staebell decided to go a different route with his career and spent 1975 and 1976 performing as a guitar and piano duo called “Mick and Mike.”
His love for different styles of music brought his to “Hay Fever,” a country band that he began playing with in 1976.
Staebell also performed in the five-piece group “Sagebrush.” They opened for such acts as Faron Young, Conway Twitty, Jody Miller and others. By the 1980s, “Sage” was one of the hottest bands in the region playing sophisticated songs from groups like Steely Dan, Ambrosia, Squeeze, The Doobie Brothers and others.
In the 1990s, Staebell went back to his roots to play with the four-piece classic rock band “Anything Goes.” The band performed together for ten years.
Since 2001, Staebell has been performing solo shows and continues to play fifty shows a year.