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Welcome to the Michael McNevin page for touring, recordings, songwriting, aka Mudpuddle Music. Mudpuddle Music covers the touring and recording and songwriting side of life - scroll down a few paragraphs for a list of upcoming shows in 2016.
Get Muddy ~ Michael.
Hey SF, Niles, Roseville, Auburn/Gold Country, and South Pasadena. I got a handful of December gigs coming up fast and a handful of new songs to play at 'em. Scroll a bit for details of the gigs, but the basic mudpie looks like this: Tues Nov 29th at Bazaar Cafe in SF for an "In The Round" with Paige Clem and others. Thurs Dec 1st at Nile Cafe in Fremont for our Annual St. Nicks Of Niles Benefit Bash for Fremont's needy. Fri Dec 9th at The Mudpuddle Shop with SummerSongs West pal Penny Nichols swapping tunes and spinning yarns. Sat Dec 10th at The Acoustic Den in Roseville with old pal Patrick McClellan on upright bass. Sun Dec 11th is a private house concert in Auburn/NevadaCity area (contact me privately if you'd like to attend that), and if you're in SoCal Wed Dec 28th after Xmas I'm sub-hosting Brad Colerick's "Wine & Song" series, a 7pm McNevin & Friends variety night, and iif you get there early join us for a 5pm one-hour 9-hole round of Par-3 whack and walk.
Scroll for full show details below, hope your holidays are good and muddy. Fore!
Tues Nov 29th 7 PM - 9:30 PM.
The Bazaar Cafe.
5927 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121.
FB Event Page, please join and share:
Cafe site: http://www.bazaarcafe.com/
A Songwriter Cobill "In The Round" with Paige Clem, Tim McCaffrey, Kelly Jane, Michael McNevin. Located in the lovely outer Richmond district. Tim McCaffrey (The Little Fuller Band), Kelly Jane (The Little Fuller Band), and Michael McNevin will all join San Francisco singer-songwriter Paige Clem on November 29nd for a highly-intimate song-sharing session. As the last in a series of 5 at Bazaar Café Songwriters Residency shows - they happen every Tuesday in the month of November with Paige leading legendary local songwriters "in the round" shows, as they perform ONLY ORIGINAL MUSIC in an unplugged, acoustic setting. All ages. No cover charge!
Thurs Dec 1st 5pm-9pm
The Nile Cafe.
121 I St, Fremont, CA
$20 donation (or more! give what you can).
7th Annual St. Nick's of Niles Holiday Bash, a Benefit for Fremont's needy families and seniors, through the "Giving Hope Program". w/ Michael McNevin AND Los Horribles, plus other friends sitting in! Drop In Anytime. Includes Wine & Beer, and it's Taco Night if you're hungry.
Here's a FB Event Page to Join, Share, Invite:
You can also give without being there, drop by the Nile Cafe anytime this week to donate, and/or contact us through the St. Nicks Of Niles Facebook page:
Fri Dec 9th 8pm
The Mudpuddle Shop
Penny Nichols, Michael McNevin, & Freinds
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536
$15-25 sliding donation.
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Penny has partnered/gigged with Jackson Browne (he used to open for her!), Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Buffett, Jefferson Airplane, Art Garfunkle, and Arlo Guthrie, Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane and others. Stayed with George & Patty Harrison (yah, my favorite Beatle) and recorded at Apple Studios while in London. She even joined Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers (earned a Platinum Record for her singing on Son of a Son of a Sailor). Penny is also the founder and director of "SummerSongs West" and "WinterSongs West", a song camp I've attended as teacher and coach over the last 5 years. The freindships, music, joys and play time and writing time is a huge part of the songwriting community that I know. The camps come together every January and June in Cambria, CA. If you're a beginner, intermediate, or pro writer, I recommend it. Some of Penny's history and illustrious career is at bottom if you scroll. The concert is a rare NoCal appearance for Penny. "Mostly Concert and Song Swap", plus some 'Inside The Songwriting" commentary and perspective by Penny, myself, and a couple others TBA - the "Pilgrim Chair" will be in play throughout the night. Pickers and listeners can hang around after and dive into a group jam, turn down the lights, get more muddy.
Sat Dec 10th 7 PM - 9 PM
The Acoustic Den Cafe
McNevin & McCellan in concert
10271 Fairway Dr, # 120, Roseville, CA 95678
$10-$15 Sliding Cover
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This is a great new listening room between Sacramento and the Gold Country, in my buddy Patrick McCellan's new neighborhood of Roseville. Preston owns it, and he is very much a fan of songwriting, sharing this listening room and ntimate concerts with his community. Good sound, comfy stage and seating, wine and beer available. It's about 30 minutes east of Sacramento on the way to Auburn just off I-80.
Sun Dec 11th
Private House Concert at Cathy and Mark's place.
Auburn, Nevada City, Gold Country or Sacramento area folks, it's private, but contact me if you'd like to attend and I'll look into it!
Tues Dec 13th
Monthly "2nd Tuesday Songwriter Group" at The Mudpuddle Shop. Tues Dec 13th is the next one. No RSVPs required, all levels welcome. Bring a new song you'd like to try out, or just listen to others, maybe generate a new idea or two. A loose peer to peer hangout, song sharing, feedback, workshop elements tossed in here and there. Pizza is always an option. Donations appreciated in the baskets, give what you can. The Mudpuddle Shop is located at 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536.
Wed Dec 28th 7-9:45pm
South Pasadena, CA
Wine & Song Concert Series
A special McNevin & Friends Night
(McNevin is Subbing for host Brad Colerick,
help us wreck the place while he's out of town!)
Arroyo Seco Golf Course.
Lots of parking, weekly live music, cheap food, wine, and golf.
1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena CA 91030
$15 table seating, $10 general admission.
Plenty of wine there, or BYO bottle for $10 corkage fee.
Kitchen is open until 8:30. Come early for a 5pm golf round.
Tickets available at the door night of the show, or,
Also watch for a FB Event Page with link to buy Adv Tix.
Visit (and Like) the FB group page here:
South Pasadena, this series happens every Wed Night. I'm heading down to actually host it this time, while my buddy Brad Colerick is out of town gigging. He went straight to the bottom of the barrel, saw I was gigless in late December, so I'll cover for him best I can. Say yes to music with friends, wine, and golf. Lineup is pending, but I know Kim Michalowski will do a few, Corrina Carter too, Tim Fleming will sit in on pedal steel and dobro. It's mushy at the moment, but I expect a few favorite familiar faces will make their way to the stage for cameos and sitting in. If you get there by 5pm, you can also join a group of us for 9 holes on the adjacent Par 3 executive golf, Caddyshack style. The golf lasts about an hour, just bring a wedge and a putter, no golf skills required, doesn't matter what you wear. Whack it wherever.
Some earlier Fall PAST DATES below. If you're in an area with a venue or want to host a house concert at your place, write or call, the touring is always a work in progress. Have car or plane will travel.
Portland, Eugene, Olympia WA, and anyone who knows folks in the Great Northwest. Heading up there today for a 4-day swing of shows with Kim Kim Michalowski, Anna Tivel, and others. Thur Nov 17 & Fri Nov 18 are both in Portland. Sat Nov 19 in Olympia. Sun Nov 20 in Eugene. Then poof, it's done. Tell a bunch of FW friends if you got some :-)
If you're all about the sticky notes and refrigerator magnets and printers, below are the complete details for the gigs. And here's a FB link to the same gist of the four gigs on a single Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725352664451452/
Hope to see some old freinds and make some new ones. And I hope it snows :-).
Thur Nov 17 8pm
White Eagle Saloon
Songwriter Cobill with Michael McNevin & Anna Tivel
Plus special guest Kim Michalowski
836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
Here's the URL for this FB Event Page to share/join:
Here's the venue's listing at their site:
Fri Nov 18 7:30pm
"Friday Night Coffeehouse"
Four acts doing 1/2 hour sets, McNevin goes on last
In order of appearance:
Tom Arnold - pop Americana
Scott White - Pop/rock jazz
George Thompson & Paul Chasman
Michael McNevin - Indie Folk / Americana
Beer, wine, coffee, tea and light snacks are available at every show.
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR.
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Venue Website Calendar:
Sat Nov 19 - Olympia WA House Concert at Steve & Rhenae's
In a private home, but I think friends in the area can come, just write me! (house concerts are actaull concerts in people's homes, intimate gatherings for 20-40 folks usually, sometimes they happen regularly at the same house, some are special one-offs).
Sun Nov 20 7pm
House Concert (open to the public)
755 River Road, Eugene OR.
$10-$12 sliding scale
Hosted by old pal Mike Meyer!
Kim Michalowski does a few tunes too.
There's also a local opening act doing a few
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 541-222-0632.
Michael McNevin and The Mudpuddle Shop.
37433 Niles Blvd, Fremont CA 94536.
www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic (Personal FB Page)
www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic (McNevin & The Spokes)
Hello NoCal, SoCal, Mountaineers, Flat Landers, East and West Bay Area friends. Lotta gigs coming up near and far in the Golden State - Scroll this single changing list of many or a few, as the priorities and dates move along through the seasons.
(McNevin Personal Page to "Friend") https://www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic
Jack Williams - Thursday Oct 20th, 2016, 7:30 (soft start) at The Mudpuddle Shop in downtown Niles. I don't quite know how to describe how good Jack is. A joy to hear him pick a few tunes around a Texas campfire, or hear him stretch out at a club for an hour or two. From South Carolina, downhome, unusually gifted, effortless, playful, creative style all his own. Songwriters put Jack in that "writer's writer" and "player's player" category, on an endless life long tour. Don't miss him. Limited seating, it might sell out, RSVP early if you can. Walkups welcome to any open seats at showtime. RSVP at email@example.com or MSG McNevin on FB. RSVP/Share/Invite to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608156129478928
On Sunday afternoon Oct 23rd in Niles, the satirical Mud is going to fly, and puppets will dance in it. Mudpuddle Shop Show & Jam featuring songwriter and comic Eric Schwartz, and puppeteer/puppet maker Niki Ulehla, plus McNevin and Los Horribles. Rotating sets by the featured artsits amid the song swapping and socializing. Loose and muddy, 2pm soft start, may go as late as 6pm? FYI - If Jack and Eric were movies, Jack would be Tender Mercies and Eric would be Pulp Fiction. Expect satire, comedy, hilarious and at times provocative material. Leave the kids at home, and leave your political and religious sensitivities at the door. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or MSG McNevin on FB. https://www.facebook.com/events/352381251819441
Tues Oct 11th 7-9pm. Fremont CA. The Mupuddle Shop2nd Tuesday Songwriter Group 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA NO Rsvp required, just show up. Songwriters bring a half-written song, listen to other works in progress, generate new ideas for new songs.
Oct 24-30 Stanley, ID. Private Songwriter Retreat. No more room.
Sat Nov 5th. Carpinteria, CA. Palm Loft Gallery. McNevin Feature set plus Open Mic hosted by artist/songwriter writer pal Arturo Tello. 410 Palm Ave Carpinteria, CA 93013 (loft # A-1.) www.palmloft.com/art-events.html
Nov 10-13. Harbor Springs, MI. At The Birchwood Inn. "Lamb's Songwriter Retreat" Lead by John Lamb, McNevin & others teach an intimate songwriting camp at the tip-top of Michigan. Staff: Michael Smith, Ronny Cox, Sally Barris, Whit Hill, Rachel Garlin, Michael McNevin. www.springfed.org
Good news, facts, and reflections.
I have some booking help in the personage of Ximena Dussan. She's based in South Pasadena, works closely with songwriting buddy Brad Colerick at "Deepmix". As an indie artist, it's great to have a little help - thank you agent X. If you're reading this and have an inkling to book me somewhere, contact me or contact Ximena - (310) 663-0947 Ximena at deepmix dot com, or info at michaelmcnevin dot com.
2015 was a blast. Played a boatload of music festivals - Kerrville, Strawberry, Redwood Ramble, High Sierra, American River Music Fest to name a few. One of the most enjoyable festival seasons ever. Also got to tour Denmark and Sweden - an amazing trip, unforgettable places, and beautiful people - the DK and SE songwriters there really went above and beyond to make the trip wonderful and fruitful. Also made it back to Texas a few times, the stomping grounds of so many good music times over the last 25 years. Gigged California a bunch of course too, tip to tail.
It's a joy to get on the road, but it takes concerts to get on it. I've been playing a lot locally with side players in "The Spokes", but also, an easy and fun way to survive and thrive are the house concerts. They happen all over the US and abroad, and can be added to the gig list at any time by you or someone you know with a decent sized living room, garage, yard, barn, or clubhouse. Want to host one? Write me or Ximena to spark one up.
In between tours I host occasional Mudpuddle Shop concerts, song swaps, jams, workshops, and poker games. For 10 years now, some pretty magical stuff been going on inside this shoebox of a place. The Mudpuddle Shop is a small 15x15 shack in the front yard of a Victorian house on Niles Blvd. It seats 30 bodies and a dog. The shop events don't always get listed on this site. To best keep up on shop shenanigans, visit my personal Facebook page and "Friend" me. Then watch for the Mudpuddle Shop events as they show up on the FB wall. Here's my Facebook Page address. www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic