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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.  



Sunday Aug 21st Concert at 4pm in Berkeley!!  
The Back Room. 
McNevin & McClellan in concert
Jim Funk opens, and others sitting in. 
$15.  Walk-ups welcome
More Info:  510-654-3808, or
1984 Bonita Ave Berkeley, CA 94704.  

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.   

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(McNevin Personal Page to "Friend")

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'.    

Hope to see my NoCal and SoCal friends getting muddy :-)  ~ Michael 

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.   

Wed Aug 10 - South Pasadena. 
Wine & Song at Arroyo Seca golf course, with Brad Colerick, McNevin, Calico, others.   

Thur Aug 11 - San Diego, CA.  
Folkey Monkey. Concert Series co-bill with Joe Rathburn and McNevin 

Sat Aug 13 - Pasadena, CA.  
Levitt Pavillion. Opening for Dean Torrence, outdoor Summer series. 

Sun Aug 14 - South Pasadena, CA.  
Old Oak Cellars. "Cellar Sessions" 3pm concert with McNevin & Honeysuckle Possums.

Wed Aug 17 - Fremont, CA.  
Flight Wine bar "McNevin & the Phil-Harmonic Flyers". w/ Phil Bennett, Phil Cullinen, others 

Sat Aug 20 - Davis, CA. 
Live on Air! KDVS 90.3FM  at 11am w/ Bill Wagman. Tune in online at  

Sat Aug 20 - Roseville, CA. 
The Acoustic Den. McNevin & McCellan in concert, some friends sit in too.  

Sun Aug 21 - Berkeley, CA.  
The Back Room. 4pm Afternoon concert with McNevin and McClellan, Jim Funk opens. 

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. 
51st Annual Niles Flea Market. Mike & Friends pick tunes and sell junk at 2nd & H St. 

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.  
LEAF Harvest Music Fest at Stone Garden. Noon-9pm, solos, duos, and bands!   

Tues Sept 13th Fremont, CA. 
The Mupuddle Shop 2nd Tuesday Songwriter Group.   

Thur Sept 15 - Colfax, CA.  
The Red Frog. Sandi & The Rockerfellers plus McNevin & McCellan. 

Sept 16-18  - Coloma, CA. 
American River Music Festival - 

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. 
South Pasadena, CA. 
Wine & Song Concert Series at Arroyo Seco. 
Michael McNevin, Calico The Band, + special guests Stewart Lewis and Sandra Delores. The fun starts at 7pm. $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30. Come early for golf - very, very neat and tidy par-3 golf. We tee off at 5pm and finish about 6:15 in time for a snasck before showtime.See you in the Arroyo! 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena, CA. Pay at the door, or get adv tix at the Event Page. 


Thur Aug 11th,  7-10pm. 
San Diego, CA.  
The Folkey Monkey concert series.
Michael McNevin & host Joe Rathburn. Returning to the Folkey Monkey series. Joe & Mike on stage swapping original tunes, jamming a bit, plus a favorite band theme. Last time was Pink Floyd covers, this time it's Creedance Clearwater Revival! Bring some CCR vinyl and we could sign it. 7pm. $15. Folkey Monkey happens at 4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H, San Diego, CA. You can buy advance tickets here: Here's the FB Page.  


Sat Aug 13th, 7PM. 
Pasadena, CA. 
Levitt Pavilion. 
Michael McNevin opens for Dean Torrence. 
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. 
South Pasadena, CA. 
Old Oak Cellars "Cellar Sessions"
Michael McNevin and Honeysuckle Possums cobill this monthly afternoon concert series in a small cottage winery. Sure it's next to a massage parlor, but walk around, you'll find the entrance, and when you're inside, it is really is cool. Escape the Summer heat. Hosted by Brad Colerick in the barrel room. Light snacks are provided along with complimentary wine tasting. Bring something to share/enjoy with your wine. $5 from each bottle sold goes to "MusiCares". Dress warmly the wines like it cold! Nice lights and sound, cafe style, the regular crowd and the Old Oak owners are terrific people. It's a very good time. 2620 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Tickets are $22 advance/$25 door. There are advance tix at EventBrite, the ADV ticket link is also at the FB event page: 


Wed Aug 17th, 7-10pm. 
Fremont, CA. 
Flight Wine Bar & Cafe. 
"McNevin & the Phil-Harmonic Flyers". A combo of friends, Phil Bennett (of Starship fame) on keys, Phil Cullinen on harmonica (of Mudpuddle fame), Michael McNevin on Guitar/Vocals, and others sitting in. Good wine, flatbreads, microbrews, chill. Show up anytime, no RSVP required. It's free, but the tip jar is in play. Located in the cosy Mission San Jose district of Fremont. 1596 Washington Blvd Fremont, CA. (510) 661-9961. FB Event page to invite & share:


Sat Aug 20th, 11am. 
Davis, CA. 
Live on KDVS radio with host Bill Wagman 
Tune in your car radio to KDVS 90.3FM 
Or listen online from any living room, the "Listen Now" link:  


Sat Aug 20th, 7pm
Roseville, CA. 
The Acoustic Den
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:
Cafe FB link:


Sun Aug 21st, 4pm. 
Berkeley, CA. 
The Back Room. 
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. 
Palo Alto, CA.  
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.  
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 
Sun Aug 28. 7am - 7pm
Niles, CA. 
51st Annual Niles Flea Market. Mike & Friends pick tunes and sell junk at 2nd & H St. During the day, Mike and friends and family are at the Niles house at 2nd and H St. I hawk a lot of guitars and amps and odds and ends. Need a 100 year old upright bass wooden coffin case? or a metal 1930's toy ridable horse made in England? I can hook you up. This event is bigger than Xmas around here. 50-75 thousand folks crawl the streets for deals on antiques, bikes, electronics, jewelry, furniture, STUFF - you name it, it's in one of the 100s of yard sales, or it's on Niles Blvd with 100+ junk and antique booths. Free street parking, but if you arrive after 11am or noon you're probably buying parking for a few bucks at the various scout and church parking lots in the neighborhood. Cash is king. 37587 2nd St Fremont CA gets you to my corner, then fan out from there.

Sept 1-4, All Labor Day Weekend. 
Strawberry Music Festival. 
Tuolumne, CA 
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.
Niles, CA. 
The Mudpuddle Shop. 
Mare Wakefield and Nomad in concert, plus after swap. 
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:

Scarecrow Download by Mare Wakefield:


Sun Sept 11th,  2pm-9pm.  
Fremont, CA. 
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, 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. 
Fremont, CA. 
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 
Coloma, CA 
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.)    


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. 

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.