Mike Aceto is a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with a wide array of musical influences and experiences. A Des Moines, IA native, he has played the Midwest music scene with various bands spanning four decades, ranging from hard rock to country to blues to pop.

While contributing to various groups with his musicianship, vocals, and songwriting ability, Mike also created a forum for his favorite material by developing an acoustic act in the 1980's. "It's an opportunity to basically play whatever I want, whether it be my favorite covers, obscure oldies, or my original material. The audiences throughout the years have been very receptive to the different styles I play and sing for them." The solo acoustic show includes a mix of originals and covers from the 60's to today's music. Some of the artists covered include the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer.

His first solo release was the 1995 single, "Someone Special", which received extensive airplay on Des Moines-area radio. The song was written about Mike's daughter, and is an anthem to his commitment to his family. On this recording, all the sounds heard are generated by Mike, as he played every instrument (three guitar tracks, bass, acoustic drums, and two keyboard tracks) and contributed four vocal tracks which produced a tune with powerful harmonies and rich melodic textures. The song was re-released in 2001 on the "Chapters" CD.

In 1997, he joined the Des Moines rock quintet Rabbit Punch, a group comprised of top regional musicians, as lead guitarist and backing vocalist. His recordings with Rabbit Punch included a spot on a live compilation CD of Des Moines-area groups put out by a local radio station, and an 11 track CD, entitled "The Life and Times of Richard Cranium". On "Richard Cranium", Mike's contributions included all acoustic and electric guitar work and background vocals in addition to writing or co-writing many of the songs. The song "Leaving Home", which was also re-released on "Chapters", is a haunting, classical/folk instrumental which further demonstrates the complexity and mystery of this talented musician.

In early 1999, Mike left Rabbit Punch to focus on solo performing, songwriting and family life. He constantly tours with his solo acoustic act and with his trio, performing at top public and private venues.  

Discography includes a solo CD entitled "Chapters", a 13-track original project released in June, 2001. The project, "Leftovers:  Adventures In Cellophane", was released digitally in April, 2008.



TRIO ACETO BAND MEMBERS


Kevin Best
"The Beast" eats, drinks, and breathes live music.  A Des Moines native, Kevin combines precision on multiple instruments with unmatched vocal talent to make him one of the most versatile and respected musicians in the area.  His live performances magnify his drive to "live in the moment" as he feeds off the audiences.  A full-time player, Kevin performs regularly throughout the area, both with bands and with his solo acoustic show, Acousti-beast.


Sean Ryan
Sean epitomizes the thinking man's musician:  Always challenging the norm, striving to perfect his craft, and doing all he can to put out a show which sets it apart from others.  Sean has been a successful mainstay bassist with top bands in Des Moines and around his hometown of Ames over the past three decades, but is also extremely accomplished at guitar, and soundly rounds out the Trio's vocal harmonies.
 



REVIEWS...

"The singer/guitarist/songwriter has been on the music scene here for 25 years, and has a loyal following of fans. In the late 1990's he was a member of the group Rabbit Punch. His eclectic live sets include covers and original songs."  -Joe Hawkins, Datebook Editor, Des Moines Register 

"An acoustic guitarist and singer, Aceto writes heartfelt, country-tinged folk songs highlighted by his deep, emotive vocals. He works as a solo artist and with a full band; the latter reveals his tendencies to compose friendly, slightly grandiose Classic Rock." -Will Lerner, Listen.com 

"Mike Aceto is one of the most respected acoustic guitar/vocalists playing around our fair city.  People love this guy wherever he sets up..."  -Randy Van Hosen, Stars For Iowa 

"Thank you so much for playing. You did an amazing job and helped make our day perfect.  If you ever need any references we would be happy to help you out. It was better than we dreamed of. We will also be referring our friends and family to you. Thank you so much!"  -Ross and Emily Eveland, Slater, IA (wedding ceremony and reception featuring solo acoustic)

"Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how happy we are following our wedding. You and your band were incredible and we continue to get compliments. If you ever need a reference for any future gigs let us know and we'd love to sing your praises."  -Lucas and Kate Beenken, Des Moines, IA (wedding reception featuring solo acoustic and Trio Aceto)
 
"Mike played great music for my 50th birthday party. Excellent talent, great showmanship and interaction with the crowd. Highly recommend Mike!!!"  -Kristi Chapman, Urbandale, IA (private party featuring solo acoustic)

"Thank you so much for coming out to Blank Park Zoo to play at Zoo Brew!  It was a wonderful evening with over 1,000 guests.  Loved working with you all and look forward to seeing you at the zoo again soon!"  -Jenny Harmeyer, Events Manager, Blank Park Zoo (Zoo Brew event featuring Trio Aceto)
 
"Thank you so incredibly much for playing Oktoberfest!  We always enjoy having you at all of our events and we are thrilled you're doing Indulge once again.  Thanks for all you do to promote, prep and perform at our events, you always bring a great show and energy!  Thanks again and Prost!"  -Mindy Toyne and Steevo Andrews, In-Any-Event, LLC (Oktoberfest Des Moines, Indulge-A Wine Cheese and Chocolate Affair, and Swine-Where Cork Meets Pork events featuring solo acoustic and Trio Aceto)
 
"I just wanted to pass along how many compliments I got about the music at the Casey’s Charity Golf Outing. People loved it."  -Kristin Spindler, Administrative Services Manager, Casey's General Stores (corporate reception featuring solo acoustic)