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McNevcin & McClellan at Edsion (Cropped)

Very special Spring 2017 doings for McNevin & The Spokes, in SF and Oakland this weekend of April 21-23, and a great local weekend Livermore festival at the end of the month, known as Two Day Town. Beyond that are SoCal shows in Venice, Pasadena, San Diego, Julian, and up north in Berkeley, Colfax "Bendover" music fest, and a a Red Bluff Music Festival "WoodFlock" over Memorial Day Weekend. And June 1-5 is the always amazing "SummerSongs" song camp in Cambria, CA, all levels of songwriters gather and lay around in a haystack of creativity. Do share these doings on your own FB walls so your pals can get out of the house too. If you know how to tweet, well, It's Springtime, take a hayfever pill, hang out with the birds, get muddy.  ~ Michael.

 

Fri 4/21. SF, CA. Charlie's Cafe in Bernal Heights. 7pm. 

 

A new "Fridays With Charlie" cafe series is SF. Nice little 50 seater in the lovely Bernal Heights hood. Opening for Mike and jumping in on stuff are host and buddy Paul Griffiths, and his compadres Meredith Edgar (vocals/guitar/writer), Sean Silverman (upright bass), and Benito Cortez (fiddle/mandolin - also of The Hot Licks!). I intend to pilfer Paul and his combo and turn them into "Spokes" for the night. 3202 Fulsom St SF CA. No RSVP required, cosy place get there on time if you can, music is 7-9pm, all original, $10 suggested donation. FB Event Page to Share and Invite:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1368718433218030  ) 

 

 

Sat 4/22. Oakland, CA. Boathouse Concert Series. 8pm.   

 

Sat 4/22 - Oakland CA. McNevin & McCellan & Friends at "The Boat House" concert series. This is a BEAUTIFUL one of a kind concert space, located on the funkiest coolest street and marina in Oakland, inside an antique boat repair shop and loft on the Oakland Estuary. Pam and Charlie host them once a month, a songwriters' heaven of stage, sound, and woody vibe. Old tools and boats hanging everywhere, great wine, spread, and friends. Seats 100, we're at about 65 now I think. RSVP by email to Pam: Boatwork@aol.com, and here's the  FB Event Page to Share and Invite your pals:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1232515380201201   ) 

 

 

Sun 4/23, 2-6pm, Niles CA.  

 

Friend and starlet Kaitlin Huwe, gifted young up and coming songwriter, guitarist (and Hollywood actress) is in town this Sunday afternoon for another installment of Mudpuddle Song Swap & Showcase, ala Los Horribles. Since her first visit to the puddle, she's landed roles on the very popular "Animal Kingdom" TV Series, and other various indie projects and plays too. It's a casual thing, she'll jump into the Horribles fray with short 2-3 song showcase sets as the muddy circle goes around. Likely other special guests on tap, of course. Should Be A Good One! 

 

 

Fri-Sun April 28-30 

Two Day Town Music Festival

Livermore, CA on Lake Del Valle Reservoir 

 

Always the last full weekend of April, this is the 17th annual! McNevin & McClelland play a set on Sat Night 4/29. Likely a few "Spokes" sitting in too. 20 miles from Niles, 1000-1500 folks camp, listen, play the stages, and the plentfiul evening camp fires. Lots of elbow room for camping, ample amenities, spacious as you want it to be. Fri through Sun pass runs $75, or do a day pass for $40. You can buy at the gate, or purchase in advance. 20 bands on the main stage, and quite a few side stage artists too. Runs smooth as silk, local musicians abound, a friendly low key place. Sat Eve Lineup includes: Roy Jeans, The Shop, Michael McNevin, Hannah Jane Kile, The Whoa, Bacchus Brothers. 

 

Full Info, Tix, & Lineups at :   

www.twodaytown.com 

 

McNevin's Facebook Event page to invite and share: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/656024217932390 

 

 

 

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Looking ahead...  Spring has Sprung... 

Festival, Song Camp, SoCal and NoCal Gigs at a Glance: 

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MAY:  

Wed  3.    LA, CA. Hotel gig w/ Kim Michalowski. 

Thur 4.    LA, CA. Ananda, Kim Michalowski CD release. 

Sun   7.     Colfax, CA. Bendover Festival at Dakota Sid's, all day. 

Wed 10.   Pasadena, CA. Wine & Song w/ Colerick & Guests. 

Thur 11.   San Diego, CA. Folkey Monkey w/ Joe Rathburn, 7pm. 

Sat   13.    Julian, CA. 3-Act Yard Concert on Bill Porter's spread. 

Sun  14.    Pasadena, CA. "Cellar Sessions" w/ Colerick, & Tudury. 

Wed 17.    Niles, CA. Mudpuddle w/ Espiritu, Crooks, Chappell. 

Thur 18.   Berkeley, CA. Monkey House. McNevin, Jackson, Blue. 

19 & 20.   S. Tahoe, CA. House Concert (private). 

 

Fri-Mon May 26-29

WoodFlock Music Festival

In Red Bluff CA, on the Sacramento River. 

Memorial Day  Weekend  me and Pat McCellan will be "Towing" the Airscreamer Guitar, the upright bass, the Sears Silvertone, the trusty Alvarez acoustic up north to Red Bluff Recreation Area. The the one and only Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours band run this family-friendly aluminum affair, they have the WHOLE park to themselves. Even your friendly dog is welcome to camp with us at this thing. A flock of about 300 "Flamingo-Heads" come from all parts to play tunes, camp, eat, make friends and share laughs. All inclusive, just bring a tent, or your canned ham trailer, or use the cabins (first come first serve), or go big with the numerous RV hookeups 100 yards away. Plenty of roofed lodging options five mins from festival site too, for the "Glampers". Kids under 12 are free with a paying adult. LOTS to do for the kids. Bring a pink flamingo lawn ornament if you got one, it's the rage. Another little factoid: Antsy actually called me out of the blue a few months back to join in the fun, not aware that I own a genuine Hard To Find special edition Epiphone/Gibson "Trailer Park Troubadours" Electric Guitar hanging on the Mudpuddle Shop wall (it's shaped like an Airstream, the hubcap is the volume knob, and his band name is on the headstock! Say what!? :-). 

 

WoodFlock festival web site:  

http://unhitched.com/woodflock-2017/  

 

McNevin's Event Page, make a mini flamingo flock:  

https://www.facebook.com/events/242384456233106 

 

 

 

JUNE:

1st-5th.  Cambria, CA. Teaching at SummerSongs West Camp. Pros, weekend diggers and writers, All levels of writers (even non-musicians can start from scratch at this wonderful place). 

              ( www.summersongs.com/the-camps/california-camp-summer-2017 )

 

Fri  8 &9.   Boise, ID. House Concert at Cousin Joanne's place.


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.  

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Tues Nov 29th 7 PM - 9:30 PM. 
SF, CA
The Bazaar Cafe. 
5927 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121. 
(415) 831-5620. 
FB Event Page, please join and share:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1861091520778018 
Cafe site: http://www.bazaarcafe.com/ 
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!
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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.  
Here's a FB Event Page to Join, Share, Invite:
 https://www.facebook.com/events/1848700138750534/
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: 
https://www.facebook.com/St-Nicks-of-Niles-254227574611877/
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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. 
FB Event Page to Join, Share, Invite: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/579916262207185/ 
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. 
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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 
FB Event Page to Join, Share, Invite: 
www.facebook.com/events/380227032368437 
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. 
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Sun Dec 11th
Lost to the Auburn and Nevada City areas. 
Private house concert, contact me if you'd like to attend
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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. 
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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.

 

 


 

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.  www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic