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Welcome to the Michael McNevin page for touring, recordings, songwriting, aka Mudpuddle Music. And welcome also to The Mudpuddle Shop. The two Mudpuddles are totally different enterprises. 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. The Mudpuddle Shop is a shoebox of a place where I host small concerts, jams, and workshops, an 1800s converted barbershop & pharmacy in downtown Niles.
Concert tours are in the works for 2016. Plenty of unbooked weekends through the year. Regions, clubs, festivals still TBD. Any festivals that do come up will likely include some club dates around them. I know I'm playing in Vegas in May. Don't Be Cruel, be muddy. keep reading for March & April dates in SoCal & NoCal, and for other news, facts, reflections.
So the band is getting back together for a Roseville gig Sat April 2nd 7pm - McNevin & The Spokes at The Acoustic Den w/ Patrick McClellan, Travers Clifford, Juliet Gobert. Prior to the show at 2:30, tune into KVMR radio (www.kvmr.org to listen online), a few of the Spokes are on live with host and pal Wesley Robertson.
The NoCal beat goes on, weekend of April 16 & 17 I'm back in Fremont. Saturday the 16th is The Flight Wine Bar on Washington Blvd. And Sunday afternoon the 17th is a Mudpuddle Shop Show and song swap, featuring The Keller Sisters PLUS Dakota Sid Clifford and special sets, and of course Los Horribles ride again.
April flowers bring May sands. On the cooker for May - Vegas at Garage Ma Hall, Cedar City at a comedy club, Parowan in a living room. Also slated to sing the national anthem for the Las Vegas "Area 51s" MLB Mets minor league team... might be abducted and probed...
Cobill with Michael McNevin & Dale LaDuke.
Dale will have a combo playig with him, freinds jumping up on my tunes as well. Really nice listening venue, been around since 1972. 2029 N. Lake, Altadena CA (626) 789-6236. $15.
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. Hoping 2016 is just as busy.
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 touring is another animal, usually a solo endeavor. Hop on a plane Thursday, land at O'Hare or DFW or some other port, play Fri-Sat-Sun, and fly home Monday. An easy and fun way to survive and thrive - the house concert craze. They happen all over the US and abroad, and can be added to the gig list at any time - by you. Keep reading for a little extra push on that. House Concerts or Yard Concerts, why and what. Songwriters, often travel solo on tour. It is a major staple in the indie touring life now. I do them all over the country, often the bread and butter of any given weekend tour. Want to host one? Great. If you live in Chicago or Florida or New England Or Texas, you just need a decent sized living room or a yard. Pick the day, invite your friends and neighbors, and the rest is a cake walk. Snacks and refreshments can be potluck. There can be an optional pre-concert songwriter workshop. And an optional after jam is usually a fun way to end the night if there are local musicians wanting to unwind. It's an intimate and unique cultural happening that brings people together. 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