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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.
Hello NoCal, SoCal, Mountaineers, Flat Landers, East and West Bay Area friends. Lotta gigs coming up near and far in the Golden State. Got a new Facebook "Band Page" to visit. And there's a Flea Market the size of the Macy's parade coming up, without the Macy's products.
I now have an active Facebook Band Page. Both of the FB Band Page and Personal Page walls have underground gigs and doings to cull that don't make it to my regular website. Please "Like" my band page, and "Friend" me at the personal page for short notice concerts and news, then keep an eye on stuff in there, it's secret.
(McNevin Band Page to "Like" ) https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic/
(McNevin Personal Page to "Friend") https://www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic
Aug 10-14 is a southern swing to Pasadena and San Diego. Aug 20 & 21 are nice listening rooms in Roseville & Berkeley, plus two sweet mountain camping festivals coming up at Strawberry Music Fest over Labor Day Weekend in Tuolumne (outside of Sonora), and the American River Music Fest in Coloma (by Placerville) in Mid Sept. Mixing in some cobills in SF, Niles, Colfax, and Fremont. A couple Bay Area one-day music festivals coming are the Niles LEAF Garden Harvest Music Festival at Stone Garden (corner of Mowry and Mission) on Sept 11th, and the Palo Alto Festival Of The Arts on August 27th on University.
Lastly, there's this 51st annual Niles Flea Market on Sun Aug 28th, which isn't a music thing so much as the mardi gras of junk, the mother of all yard sales (100s of them). Often includes sidewalk jamming on my corner with my junk... errr treasure... at H and 2nd st. Busking and jamming does attract the looky loos! Amps and guitars for sale, and lots of weird relics from my cellars. An afternoon 'Junk Yard Jam' often ends the day, so if you're in Niles at 4pm-ish Sunday, all you pickers of junk and pickers of tunes let me know and we'll do some pickin' and pickin'.
Concert Date & Town basics in a quick list below, but keep scrolling for info on time and tix, full line-ups, addresses, and Facebook Event Pages to visit.
Wine & Song at Arroyo Seca golf course, with Brad Colerick, McNevin, Calico, others.
Folkey Monkey. Concert Series co-bill with Joe Rathburn and McNevin
Sat Aug 13 - Pasadena, CA.
Sun Aug 14 - South Pasadena, CA.
Wed Aug 17 - Fremont, CA.
Sat Aug 20 - Davis, CA.
The Acoustic Den. McNevin & McCellan in concert, some friends sit in too.
Sun Aug 21 - Berkeley, CA.
Sat Aug 27 - Palo Alto, CA.
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. 4:30 set On The Webster Stage (Webster & University)
Sun Aug 28 - Niles, CA.
Sept 1-4 Labor Day Weekend - Tuolumne, CA.
Strawberry Music Festival. McNevin & The Spokes sets and workshops
Fri Sept 9th - Niles, CA.
The Mudpuddle Shop. Mare Wakefield & Nomad in concert, plus a song swap
Sun Sept 11 - Fremont, CA.
The Mupuddle Shop 2nd Tuesday Songwriter Group.
The Red Frog. Sandi & The Rockerfellers plus McNevin & McCellan.
Sept 16-18 - Coloma, CA.
American River Music Festival - www.americanrivermusic.org
Tues Sept 20th - SF, CA.
Bazaar Cafe. Writers In The Round w/ Paul Griffiths & Deborah Crooks
Wed Sept 21st - Fremont, CA.
Flight Wine bar "McNevin & the Phil-Harmonic Flyers" w/ Phil Bennett, Phil Cullinen, others
Sat Sept 25th - Niles, CA. (tentative)
Papillon's Restaurante & Bar. McNevin & Friends Night.
Wed Aug 10th, 7pm.
Wine & Song Concert Series at Arroyo Seco.
Thur Aug 11th, 7-10pm.
The Folkey Monkey concert series.
Sat Aug 13th, 7PM.
Dean, of "Jan & Dean" and Beachboys fame is the lead singer and writer of "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" & "Surf City"! These outdoor concerts are FREE and comfy. Tim Fleming will be sitting in on Pedal Steel, and Corrina Carter will be jumping up for some harmonies, who knows what else might happen. Lots probably. (NOTE: the Levitt Pavillion site calendar might say 8pm, but McNevin & The Spokes DO take the stage at 7pm!). Get there early for a good patch of grass, bring a blanket and picnic and your favorite lawn chairs. Levitt Pavilion is at 85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103
FB Event Page:
Sun Aug 14th, 3pm.
Old Oak Cellars "Cellar Sessions"
Wed Aug 17th, 7-10pm.
Sat Aug 20th, 11am.
Live on KDVS radio with host Bill Wagman
Tune in your car radio to KDVS 90.3FM
Sat Aug 20th, 7pm
McNevin & McCellan return to the Den, with likely others sitting in. It's in a big box mall, but once you're inside the place, you feel like you're off the beaten track. Quaint, intimate listening room, nice stage, lights, sound. Beer and wine, and affordable food. Off the I-80, between Sacramento and Auburn, about 20 minutes from both. Get Muddy. $15, sliding donation, check site or call for more exact details. 10271 Fairway Dr, # 120 Roseville, CA. You can RSVP but walk-ups are all welcome. (916) 412-8739. FB event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599604607004481/
Cafe FB link: www.facebook.com/theacousticdencafe
Sun Aug 21st, 4pm.
A 4pm concert matinee in Berkeley with McNevin and McClellan plus Jim Funk of Sun Kings fame. The Back Room is a sweet new listening room in Berkeley, harkens back to the old Freight & Salvage. Seats 100, in a bunch of cozy chairs and couches. There's a baby grand, brick walls, nice acoustics, new home for Americana and songwriters. Old friend and Piano savante Sam Rudin owns and runs it (others may remenber him as Hurricane Sam). 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA.
Sat Aug 27th, 4:30-5:30.
On The Webster Stage, corner of Webster & University
From 10:30am to 5:30pm the line up looks like this:
10:30am - New Oak Pilgrims
11:45am - The M'Earthtones
1:00pm - Kamlapati Khalsa & Mike Simpson
2:15pm - The Keller Sisters
3:30pm - Sweetgrass
4:30pm - Michael McNevin
Webster Stage presented by CALIFORNIA COAST MUSIC CAMP
For a festival map, full entertainment line-up, arts activities, visit their site.
The event is free, and there is lots of free parking adjacent to the Webster Stage.
Hosted by Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
Sept 1-4, All Labor Day Weekend.
Strawberry Music Festival.
McNevin & The Spokes stage sets are TBD, likely Fri and/or Sat afternoons. Other stuff is a songwriter workshop for teens, and some Etch A Sketch art for the little tykes. Check in with the festival site for lineups and the printed program as you enter the fest. Some of the acts playing this year are: The Brothers Comatose, The Del McCoury Band, Molly Tuttle, Los Lobos, Leftover Salmon, Asleep At The Wheel, Marley's Ghost, McNevin & The Spokes, many more!
Fri Sept 9th, 8pm.
The Mudpuddle Shop.
8pm. $20 BYO. RSVPs are a very good idea.
A one-hour feature set by Mare & Nomad from Nashville, followed by a Mudpuddle Song Swap with other pickers in the room. Likely opener act TBD. Heard these two at the Kerrville Folk Festival New-Folk competition in Texas in Spring of 2015 and then again at the same festival in 2016. They do some really cool down-home and worldly writing. Great musicianship, songs, voices, people. Also worth a mention, and a sweet surprise to me, they recorded a beautiful rendition of "Scarecrow". I swear I was already going to host them BEFORE they did that, but man, did that get me in my straw heart in all kinds of good ways. Thank you Mare Wakefield and Nomad Ovunc for sharing my song with your fans and friends. Can't wait to hear them on Friday Sept 9th at The Mupuddle Shop in Niles! Curious friends and fans can click the link below for the free download of "Scarecrow", and/or hit me up with a FB message for your RSVP for the Sept 9th concert in Niles. Here's the FB Event Page to RSVP, share, invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/210370199365449/
Scarecrow Download by Mare Wakefield:
Sun Sept 11th, 2pm-9pm.
LEAF Garden Harvest Music Festival.
All day MainStage music, BBQ, plus evening campfire music.
Main Stage Music goes 2pm-6pm.
Acoustic Campfire Music goes 6-9pm.
A rustic farm affair on a half acre, featuring multiple solos, duos, and bands.
Including: Sandi & The Rockerfellers (Colfax, CA), Bettman & Halpin (Denver, CO) Martin Murray Band (Fremont, CA), McNevin & McCellan (Niles, CA), and many others.
All donations Benefit LEAF, a 501c3 Non Profit - write it off!
$25 per person. RSVP is required, it will sell out!
Price includes all the live music, BBQ, farm to table grilled veggies, and refreshments. Bring your favorite lawn chair, blanket. Lots of shady spots and trees and garden nooks, but bring a sun umbrella if you got one. Hotdogs, veggie dogs, grilled veggies and some light bevs provided, or BYO BBQ item or choice of beverage. Bring a whole picnic if you like. Located directly behind Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic. Decent Parking in the clinic lot, or ride your bike or uber from town to save the lot for others. The event officially sells out at 150 people, please RSVP to Mary at Mary2Dogs@gmail.com, and/or via pre-sold tickets once the ticket link and FB event Page is created. Links are coming for that. 55 Mowry Avenue Fremont, CA 94536 (at Mowry and Mission Blvd).
Tues Sept 13th, 7-9pm.
The Mupuddle Shop.
2nd Tuesday Songwriter Group. Songwriters can share a half-written song, listen to other works in progress, generate new ideas, share peer to peer feedback. Pizza is an option. Sliding donations to the baskets. No Rsvp required, just show up. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA.
Sept 16-18, All Weekend
American River Music Festival
On Friday Afternoon Michael McNevin & Keith Greeninger will go to the three main camps on the hour every hour for unplugged acoustic shows at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm, at Camp Lotus, American River Camp, and Earthtrek, respectively. For the rest of the weekend, McNevin & McCelllan & Friends will be at Lotus or at the MainStage hang. Musician friends and festival campers and listeners are lwelcome to the campfire hang at Camp Lotus RV slot #1, the first one on the right past the main Lotus office and camp store. This festival hosts about 500 folks max in each camp, intimate and spacious camping and music, lots of shade, right on the river.
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