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Welcome to the Michael McNevin page for touring, recordings, songwriting, aka Mudpuddle Music. Touring, recording, songwriting stuff - scroll down for updates of upcoming shows in 2017. 

Get Muddy ~ Michael.  

Tues Nov 29th 7 PM - 9:30 PM. 
The Bazaar Cafe. 
5927 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121. 
(415) 831-5620. 
FB Event Page, please join and share: 
Cafe site: 
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
Fremont, CA
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.  
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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  7:30-10:30 
Fremont CA 
The Mudpuddle Shop 
Penny Nichols, Michael McNevin, & Freinds
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536 
$15-25 sliding donation. 
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Penny Nichols 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, and others. Stayed with George & Patty Harrison (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. Freindships, music, joy, play time and writing time is a huge part of the community of songwriters and friends I’ve come to know through the camps and through Penny. The camps happen every January and June in Cambria, CA. If you're a beginner, intermediate, or pro writer, I recommend it. 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 few other freinds TBA - the "Pilgrim Chair" will be in play throughout the night. Pickers and listeners can then also hang around afterward and dive into a group jam and song swap. We’ll turn down the lights, get more muddy. 
Sat Dec 10th  7 PM - 9 PM
Roseville CA 
The Acoustic Den Cafe
McNevin & McCellan in concert 
10271 Fairway Dr, # 120, Roseville, CA 95678
$10-$15 Sliding Cover 
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Ths is a great new listening room between Sacramento and the Gold Country. Preston owns it, and he is very much a fan of songwriting, and sharing a devoted listening room for intimate 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
Lost to the Auburn and Nevada City areas. 
Private house concert, contact me if you'd like to attend
Tues Dec 13th
Fremont, CA 
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, I'm heading back down to Wine & Song to host the show! So, anyway, Brad went straight to the bottom of the barrel, saw I was gigless in December, and asked if I'd like to cover for him while he's out traveling. Well I always say hell yes to making music with friends, wine, and golf. Line up is pending, but Kim A. Michalowski will do a few, Corrina Carter too, Tim Fleming on pedal steel. It's mushy at the moment, but I expect there will be a few familiar faces making their way to the stage for cameos and sitting in.
Hey South Pasadena folks! Wed Dec 28th, I'm heading back down to Wine & Song to host the show! So, anyway, Brad went straight to the bottom of the barrel, saw I was gigless in the 2nd half of December, and asked if I'd like to cover for him while he's out traveling. Well I always say hell yes to making music with friends, wine, and golf. Line up is pending, but Kim A. Michalowski will do a few, Corrina Carter too, Tim Fleming on pedal steel. It's mushy at the moment, but I expect there will be a few familiar faces making their way to the stage for cameos and sitting in.

Friends and music lovers. Got four cobills this week in Venice, Danville, and Niles. LA songwriter Kim Michalowski has a new CD in tow, plus the Goodnight Moonshine trio are on tour from NY. The Wednesday Venice show and the Friday Mudpuddle Shop Show features all of us in the mix. The Saturday concert is at Danville Music, a great series hosted by old friend Greg Kennedy. Sunday afternoon I host a Bob Dylan music and art tribute at the Fremont Art Association Gallery in Niles with The Keller Sisters, Bay Station, Kim Michalowski, Will Matlack, Bruce Cates, McNevin and others. It's gonna be a muddy week, so get muddy. 

~ Michael. 

Wed March 22 8pm 
Venice Beach CA 

Kim Michalowski, Michael McNevin, Goodnight Moonshine
$15 at the door, RSVPs are appreciated at: or (310) 450-2607 
1354 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 
Advance Tickets also available here via Brown Paper Tickets:

"Ananda" is very excited to be bringing the live music back to it's amazing Abbot Kinney space. Enter through the back by using the gate between the buildings. Donation Bar. Kim Michalowski's brand new Cd "Westward" available, it is Goodnight Moonshine's Only LA show, and they all shoot north with McNevin to SF Bay for a Friday Night show at The Mudpuddle in Fremont (SoCalians, please tell your NoCalian freinds about that one too :). 
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Fri March 24 8pm
Niles, CA  
Mudpuddle Shop Concert  
Molly Ventner & Goodnight Moonshine trio 

Michalowski & McNevin duo 
$15-20 sliding donation. 
Seats are limited to 30 RSVPs are encouraged.  (include Cell Phone, and # of seats) 
"Walkups" are welcome to any open seats at showtime.  
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536. 
Also RSVP at the Facebook Event Page:  

LA songwriter Kim Michalowski comes north with her NY-based pals "Goodnight Moonshine", for a good ole' acoustic mud bath at the Puddle. Kim has a new CD "Westward". McNevin adds backing guitar and vocals on a few tracks, so they'll swap songs as a duo for the first set. Goodnight Moonshine does the second set, a songwriting trio of acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, and harmonies. Gonna be a good one, get Muddy. (NOTE: A likely song swap & afterjam is likely if other pickers in the room want to stick around and burn the candle some more, listeners can stick round for it too, it's Friday, why not?) 


Sat March 25 8pm 
Danville, CA 
Danville Music Music Series 

Michael McNevin in Concert
Kim Michalowski opens 
Old pal (and guitar teacher!) Greg Kennedy hosts 
115 Town and Country Dr, Danville, CA 94526
$25 Suggested Donation 
Great listening space, it will likely sell out, RSVP early! 
(925) 743-0898 
FB Event Page to RSVP and Invite Friends:  


Sun March 26 2-5pm 
Niles, CA 
FAA Gallery Bob Dylan Tribute

Bob Dylan Music and Art Tribute & Gallery Benefit 
w/ McNevin & Friends: The Keller Sisters, Bay Station, Kim Michalowski, 
Will Matlack, Bruce Cates, and others. 
$10-20 sliding donation, benefits the FAA. 
37697 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. 
Max seats is 48, good idea to RSVP but walk-ups are welcome!
Here's the Facebook Event Link to RSVP and Invite friends:

Fremont Art Association and Mudpuddle Music present an afternoon of live music and original artwork celebrating Bob Dylan's music. The art show is up until the end of the month, and it deserves a good send-off of music and spoken word. The gallery is also showcasing "The Art Of The Protest", a great vintage poster display from the 60's. Songwriter Michael McNevin hosts. Some informal round robin song sharing by the feature acts, surprise guests, and a couple spoken word pieces, and readings from San Diego songwriter and author Britta Lee Shain's book "Seeing The Real you At Last", chronicling her life on the road with Bob as confidant and lover in the mid 1980s. (NOTE: At 5pm when the show ends, it's possible for pickers and listeners to meander two blocks down to the Mudpuddle for more socializing and casual song swapping at the Mudpuddle Shop)

Good news, facts, and reflections.


2016 was a blast. Hit 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 and write songs in Idaho, Michigan, Oregon and Washington. 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 takes concerts to make a living. "The Spokes" are mostly a local concoction of players sitting in on gigs here and there. For solo concert tours, and local shows, house concerts are often the bread and butter. 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 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.