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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 basic list of upcoming shows for 2016. The Mudpuddle Shop is an actual place where I host small concerts, jams, and workshops. It's in an old converted barbershop in downtown Niles.

Concert tours are in the works for 2016. It's always a coin flip as to where I might be headed. There are plenty of unbooked weekends through the year, so if anyone reading this stuff has ideas, I'm all ears. Off the cuff, we're looking at Oregon, NY, Texas, Chicago, possibly Europe again if I can get my marbles together enough for that. And, any festivals that come up will likely include some club dates around them. I'll even be playing Vegas. Don't Be Cruel, be muddy. 

Some more good news - I now have some booking help in the personage of Ximena Dussan. She's new in the business, based in South Pasadena, and works closely with songwriting buddy Brad Colerick at "Deepmix". As an indie artist, it's great to have a little help - God knows I'm a scatterbrain, 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. To contact yours truly here's my email, and the shop phone to leave a message - info  at  michaelmcnevin  dot  com   510 794-9935. 

So, in between tours I host these little shop concerts, song swaps, and workshops at The Mudpuddle Shop. For 10 years now, some pretty magical stuff been going on inside this shoebox of a place. The 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  

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 I've ever had. Also got to tour Denmark and Sweden - an amazing trip, unforgettable places, and beautiful people - songwriters there really went above and beyond to make the trip wonderful and fruitful. Also made it back to Texas a few times, stomping grounds of so many good music times. Gigged California a bunch of course, 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 the solo touring is another animal. it's 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 cool gig staple of for the solo songwriter is a house concert. 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. 

 So these things called House Concerts or Yard Concerts. Songwriters, often travel solo on tour. It is a staple in the indie arts. I do them all over the country, the house concerts are usually 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.  


Hi Mudheads, 
 
Fall is here, chestnuts and avocados are falling, along with a damn big tree branch. 
 
The gist of Oct 2013 gigs is below, NoCal and SoCal. This weekend is 'Das Brew' Brewery on Friday and The Mudpuddle Shop on Sunday, both in Fremont. The rest of the month includes stuff at The Bistro in Hayward, Livermore Artwalk 2pm + evening showcases at Harry's Hofbrau, Cinnabar Winery in Saratoga, Treasures Roadhouse in Watsonville, Strings in Emeryville with Maurice Tani & Caren Armstrong, Cypress Meadows above Half Moon Bay, a Yard Concert in Santa Barbara at Susan Marie Reeves, The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena with Tracy Newman & The Reinforcements, an SF House Concert at Nina Jo's house, and two very special Mudpuddle Shop Shows w/ The Red Shoes CD Release Party & a Halloween Day Of The Dead concert w/ ArtemesiaBlack (Gothic swamp lullabies about ghosts and dead people by Kenny and Sabine Schick). BOOOoooooo...). 2nd and 4th Thursday Songwriter Workshops continue in Niles and Los Gatos. If you see a date not booked, a house or yard concert can be rigged. Most events don't have Facebook Event Pages yet, but they will. Keep an eye on this Facebook Event Page for updates on the month - https://www.facebook.com/events/579082128794998 The regular Facebook Page has spur of the moment stuff too - www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic , and the old fashioned website is www.michaelmcnevin.com 
Fri Oct 4 
"Das Brew" Brewery in Fremont
5-9pm - No Cover (Yet). 
A very busy outside brew fest. 
44356 South Grimmer Blvd 94538 
(510) 270 5345 info@dasbrewinc.com 
www.dasbrewinc.com
Sun Oct 6
Niles, CA - Mudpuddle Shop Concert 7:30
w/ Jonah Smith & Andy Stack from NY. $10-20
RSVP: (510) 794-9935 * info@michaelmcnevin.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/678043028875128
Thur Oct 10
Niles, CA -Mudpuddle Shop SongWriters Group 7pm
37433 Niles Blvd, Fremont CA 94536 $10-20 sliding
(510) 794-9935  info@michaelmcnevin.com
Fri Oct 11 
Hayward, CA - The Bistro w/ Spokes & Horribles 8pm 
1001 B St. Hayward, CA   www.the-bistro.com 
Sat Oct 12
Livermore, CA - Livermore Art Walk - 2pm
All day music in front of Bankhead Theater
https://www.facebook.com/events/566166166763482
Sat Oct 12 
Livermore, CA - The Carvery at Harry's Hofbrau 6-9pm
Artwalk Afterburn - dinner and beers w/ musicians & volunteers, 
Featuring Multiple Mini Showcases  http://www.harryshofbrau.com/
Sun Oct 13 
Saratoga, CA - Cinnabar Winery Winebar 2-4pm 
http://www.cinnabarwinery.com/
Sun Oct 13 
Watsonville CA - Treasures Roadhouse 6-10pm 
Several acts, McNevin does the 8pm set
http://treasuresroadhouse.com/
Wed Oct 16 
Emeryville, CA - "Celebrating Songwriters" at Strings 8pm 
w/ Maurice Tani & Caren Armstrong   www.strings.org
Fri Oct 18 
Moss Beach, CA - Cypress Meadows Concert Series 
Beautiful, just above Half Moon Bay, and 30 mins south of SF. 
Seats 40? 650-728-8045, rsvp@cypressmeadows.net
Sat Oct 19
Santa Barbara, CA - Yard Concert at Susan's place
W/ Susan Marie & Sierra Reeves
4pm Potluck, 5pm show, jam afterward. 
(805) 708-9088 suzysage1@aol.com
Sun Oct 20
Altadena, CA - Coffee Gallery Backstage 
Cobill w/ Tracy Newman & The Reinforcements
(626) 798-6236 http://www.coffeegallery.com/
Thur Oct 24
Los Gatos, CA - Woodshed Songwriter Group 7pm
$20. All levels, walk ups welcome. www.woodshed.org 
Fri Oct 25 
Niles, CA - The Mudpuddle Shop 8pm 
CD Release Concert for The Red Shoes $10-20
The sisters Lucia & Flavia on fiddle and cello are growing up
Their first CD, get your seats while they last. 
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536 
(510) 794-9935 info@michaelmcnevin.com
Fri Nov 1 
Niles, CA - Mudpuddle Shop Day Of The Dead Show 
ArtemesiaBlack have a great collection of ghost songs.
Americana Gothic Swamp Lullabies, spooky stuff.  
(Sabiné Heusler-Schick & Kenny Schick). It happens during a 
town-wide celebration w/ many D-o-D altars. 7-10pm at the shop. 
 
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536 
(510) 794-9935 info@michaelmcnevin.com
http://www.artemesiablack.com/
Sat Nov 2
Saratoga, CA - Cinnabar Winery 5:30-7:30
In The Mudd Room. www.cinnabarwinery.com
Sun Nov 3
SF, CA- House Concert at Nina Jo's place 
Contact Nina Jo for RSVPs: ninajosmith@gmail.com
 
 
NOV                   Wanna host a House or Yard Concert?
DEC                    Open dates in October and beyond.
Ongoing Monthly Stuff At The Mudpuddle, The Woodshed, Etc: 
 
Ongoing Monthly 2nd Thursday Songwriter Group at The Mudpuddle Shop, 7pm:
"Works In Progress" $12-15 sliding. Share tunes and ideas, write new songs or revive old ones. This is mainly a "peer to peer" Mudpuddle Shop gathering for song sharing and feedback, but we also try monthly song challenges, techniques, prompts, 'workshop' content. Open to anyone, and all levels. Members of West Coast Songwriters Association do get a discount. Early arrivals can mingle some. 7pm we start swapping songs. Commuters arrive/leave as needed. Bring a few extra lyrics sheets if possible. CD of song is also ok if you don't want to perform yourself. BYO. (510) 794 9935  info@michaelmcnevin.com  
  
 
Ongoing Outside of Niles:
Monthly 4th Thursday Songwriting Group at The Woodshed in Los Gatos, $20 donation.
Woodshed is located inside Keith Holland Guitars store, lots going on! 
16905 Roberts Rd  Los Gatos, CA 95032  408.395.0767    www.woodshed.org
 
 
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For RSVPs, Workshops, Lessons, Questions, Directions:
The Mudpuddle Shop 
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont, CA 94536 
(510) 794-9935 
info@michaelmcnevin.com
www.michaelmcnevin.com 
www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic

Gigs in Jan/Feb 2015

 

Wed Jan 27    7pm-9:45
South Pasadena, CA 
"Wine & Song" Songwriter Showcase 
Hosted by Brad Colerick 
Plus McNevin, Joel Eckels, and Igor Bulanov
At the Arroyo Seco Golf Course 
(can play 9 holes by day, and do a concert by night) 
1055 Lohman Ln, South Pasadena, California 91030 
7pm-9:45. $15 table seating, $10 general seating.
Arroyo Seco Grill has great food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $12 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30. Come early and join Brad for 9 glorious holes of par 3 golf under the lights at 5pm.
Walk-ups welcome, or buy Adv Tix Here: 
https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/ wine-song-12716-tickets-205 92383373 
Facebook Event Page to Share and Invite Friends: 
https://www.facebook.com/ events/146075189099825/


Thur Jan 28    7-9pm
San Diego, CA 
The Folkey Monkey 
Cobill Concert W/ Joe Rathburn 
Joe and Mike swap originals, and we delve into some dark side of the moon territory too, we're going with a Pink Floyd theme. 
6154 Mission Gorge Rd, Ste 100, San Diego, California 92120
Facebook Event Page to Share and Invite 
https://www.facebook.com/ events/955996961132400/ 
Folkey Monkey Site:  http://FolkeyMonkey.com/ 


Fri Jan 29    6-9pm 
Julian, CA 
Wynola Pizza & Bistro 
McNevin in concert
Plus Janice Bina-Smith sitting in. 
760 765 1004  
4355 Highway 78 Julian CA 92036
Useful Links: 
wynolapizzaexpress.com 
www.facebook.com/ janice.binasmith
https://www.facebook.com/ WynolaPizzaExpress/
Good time in a friendly setting, nice little stage. Janice Bina-Smith sitting in. It's a stopover en route to Julian, CA. Wynola Springs is located three miles west of Julian on State Highway 78 and 3.5 miles east of Santa Ysabel. From SD, you'll see the Big Red Barn on the right. That's it. (FYI - also playing the Julian County Library the following Tues Feb 2nd). 


Jan 30    9-11:30 pm
Lestat's West
Alice Wallace CD Release.
Plus a 35 minute set by McNevin 
Phili Villalobos opens.  
3341 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA, 92116
www.lestats.com 
McNevin does a 35 minute set sometime in the middle or end of night. It's also the CD release for Alice Wallace, so expect a lively Wallace crowd. Phili Villalobos opens the show. FYI - Lestat’s has three locations. The "Lestat's West Music Venue" is located at 3341 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA, 92116. 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year. Your home away from home. Rain or shine, day or night, Valentine’s day when you have no date, Thanksgiving if you can’t cook, or if you’re just looking for a place to hang out. Lights are on, come on in.


Tues Feb 2   6pm 
Julian, CA
Julian County Library 
"Music On The Mountain" Concert Series
Michael McNevin plays a solo set.
1850 Highway 78 Julian CA 
A one-hour show, Free to the public, seats 100. 
Sponsored by Friends Of Julian Library
(760) 765-2239
www.friendsofthejulianlibr ary.org 
Library Phone: (760) 765-0370


Sat Feb 6    8pm

Fremont, CA 

The Mudpuddle Shop 

Jeff Berkley, ___(TBA guest), & McNevin ITR. 


Tues Feb 9  7-9pm

SF CA 

Bazaar Cafe "Artist In Residence" show

"In The Round" W/ The Keller Sisters, and others


Fri Feb 12   

Redding, CA 

The Dip 

Opening for a blues band


Sat Feb 13    8-11pm

Fremont, CA 

Flight Wine Bar 

In the Mission San Jose District

(A few doors down from Mission Pizza) 


Sun Feb 14   5-8pm

The Vine in Niles

Valentine's Day Dinner Show,
RSVP is almost a must. 


Sun Feb 21 

SF CA 

Hotel Utah

Triple Bill w/ Liz Ryder, Rachel Garlin, McNevin


Sat 6   8pm  (Tentative) 

Fremont, CA 

The Mudpuddle Shop 

Jeff Berkley, ________ ?, & McNevin ITR. 


Tues Feb 9  7-9pm

SF CA 

Bazaar Cafe "Artist In Residence" show

"In The Round" W/ The Keller Sisters, and others


Fri Feb 12   

Redding, CA 

The Dip 

Opening for a blues band


Sat Feb 13    8-11pm

Fremont, CA 

Flight Wine Bar 

In the Mission San Jose District

(A few doors down from Mission Pizza) 


Sun Feb 14   5-8pm

The Vine in Niles

Valentine's Day Dinner Show


Sun Feb 21 

SF CA 

Hotel Utah

Triple Bill w/ Liz Ryder, Rachel Garlin, McNevin