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 five 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, John Mayer, and Chris Stapleton.
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.
"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)
"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)
"Mike – THANK YOU. You were awesome last Friday and I was so busy – had to go get extra cash twice and keeping up with all the beer sales, added hand washing stations, and JUST A CRAZY NIGHT. Great crowd – I estimated over 1000 as that was our biggest crowd since 2019. Have a great summer and thanks again for making Friday night memorable!" -Doug Harris, Recreation Manager, City of Clive Parks and Recreation (Food Truck Friday event featuring solo acoustic)