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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 - Scrool this single gig entry for all of it in a list.
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Mixing in some cobills in SF, Niles, Colfax, Fremont and a few more music festivals in the mountains and Niles to finish the 2016 Summer outdoor stuff, including the Niles LEAF Garden Harvest Music Festival at Stone Garden (corner of Mowry and Mission) on Sept 11th, and the American River Music Festival in mid Sept up in Coloma, on hwy 49, where they discovered gold.
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.
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, 3-7pm - Fremont, CA.
Tues Sept 13th Fremont, CA.
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.
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, 3pm-7pm.
LEAF Garden Harvest Music Festival.
A rustic farm affair on a half acre, featuring multiple solos, duos, and bands.
Including: Sandi & The Rockerfellers (Colfax, CA), Bettman & Halpin (Denver, CO), Corrina Carter combo (LA), Juliet Gobert (Nevada City), McNevin & McCellan (Niles, CA), and many others.
All donations Benefit LEAF, a 501c3 Non Profit - write it off!
$20 per adult, kids 16 and under are $5.
RSVP to Mary 510 543-3633, or email to FremontLEAF@gmail.com,
Price includes all the live music, BBQ with hotdogs and veggie burgers, 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. Bring a whole picnic if you like. Located directly behind Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic with limited parking. We encourage you to ride your bike, walk, or uber from town. The event officially sells out at 120 people. ADV tickets can be had at the ticket link at this FB event Page --
In case you get lost, the address is 55 Mowry Ave 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