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A few choice June 2018 Gigs - June 9, 2018

Hi friends, folkies, and rockers.


Playing n SF, Port Costa, and Roseville next two weekends, see details below. Two are free, one is not - it's a nebulous and fun little gig racket. Come to all of them so they even out :). This and more stuff coming for Summer. Watch the website for stuff, I don't blast everything on the E-list. And if you've already made that deal with the FB devil, that's a good place to watch for shows. 


See you somewhere soon! 

~ Michael.  




Sat June 9th, 1-5pm. SF Free Folk Fest, at the Everett Middle School - 450 Church Street, SF, CA. McNevin plus a Spoke or two are on the Faith Petric main stage at 4pm, and McNevin cohosts the festival open mic from 1-3pm with Don Murdock. Corrina Carter will be on backup vocals. Bay Station on a tune or two, and other spokes who come along. or who are already there doing other gigs. Bay Station, Keller Sisters, many freinds also on the lineup. McNevin sits in a bit here and there too. Long tradition of traditional, folk, troubadours, old timey, bluegrass, cajun, contra, roots. Bring your axe and play the open mic, or explore the tons of acts, extracurricular jams, swaps, dances and workshops going on all day, noon-10pm. It's free. 





Sun June 10th, 1:30-5pm in Port Costa, CA at The Warehouse with Sandi & the Rockerfellers, Michael McNevin, Corrina Carte. A casual Sunday afternoon gig with Sandi & The Rockerfellers, Corrina Carter, and Michael McNevin, in Port Costa at The Warehouse. It's a mellow kinda bar band gig, hanging outdoors on the water of the Carquinez Straight. It's Free. Rock covers, original folk, sitting in, harmonies, playing clean and dirty, band sets, solo sets. Bikers and Sunday drivers welcome. 5 Canyon Lake Dr, Port Costa, CA 94569





Sat June 16th McNevin & McClellan return to the Acoustic Den in Roseville! The concert includes cameo tunes by friend and songwriter Larry Diehl. A sweet and special listening room for songwriters. wine & beer available. Just 20 minutes from Sacramento proper up I-80, on the way to Auburn. We'll also play some "Father-Centric" stuff, bring your Pops along with you and celebrate Father's Day :). 


Sat June 16th, 7pm

Roseville, CA 

The Acoustic Den 

$15. Beer, wine, food available all day & evening. 

10271 Fairway Dr Ste 120, Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 412-8739

May 19, 2018

McNevin & Maybelle's Voyages continue. May & June fests and gigs, 2018. 

Sat May 5, 8pm
San Carlos, CA
Clocktower Music Concert Series
Intimate low volume listening room. McNevin plays solo, plus hosts Chinese Melodrama do tunes too. RSVP at the facebook page is a good idea, but walk-ups welcome. 
676 Laurel St San Carlos CA 
Sun May 6, All Day
Colfax/Grass Valley, CA 
Bendover Music Fest 
At Sid Clifford's place, the 41st annual. 100 or more folks on a couple acres. Little front porch music stage, potluck, community, and a butt-shaped rock. Semi-private, but a lot of the locals come, and freinds of freinds are welcome. Contact Michael and/or Sid to see about attending. 
Sun May 13, 2-5pm
Niles, CA 
Mudpuddle Shop
A Mom-In-The-Mud Mothers Day Showcase and Song Swap. No official line up, but we do know a few guests dropping in, including Sandi & Skip Snyder, one or both of the The Keller Sisters, others TBA. Mom-centric tunes encouraged but not required play whatever you want. All other pickers and listeners in the room are welcome to contribute to the music and art. No Facebook Page for this (yet). Early birds get the rocking chairs. RSVPs can be made to Mike (could reserve up to 20 seats), and walk-ups are welcome. 5pm quit time is loose, we can keep playing till the cows go home. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. . 

Fri May 18th, 8pm
Mudpuddle Shop 
McNevin & McClellan special duo show.  
We're doing a show with just the McN & McC duo. Yes, probably a few special guests sitting in too, but we'll be digging into some older deep tracks along with new stuff. We don't always get to play the muddy joint all by ourselves. Please write if you'd like a seat for this one. No event page yet, so it's a first write first serve for seats. If we're don't sell it out prior to the date, we'll then create a FB Event page to finish up the RSVPs. RSVP with an email or phone call with your desired number of seats to Mike at 789-9714. 

Sat May 19, 8pm
Danville CA 
Danville Music Concert Series 
McNevin & McClellan return to the stage of Danville Music! Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm. $25 suggested donation. Walkups ok, but it could sell out in advance. Seats 60 max. This is an awesome time in the San Ramon Valley stomping grounds with old and new friends and my music mentors. Who says you can't go back to highschool? 
115-E Town & Country Dr. Danville, CA
Contact Danville Music to RSVP seats: 
Sun May 20 4pm
Napa, CA
Silo's Napa 
Sundays at Silo's with Antsy McClain & Special Guest Michael McNevin Doors at 3pm, show at 4pm. $25 adv, $30 Door. Walkups welcome! Antsy is on tour throughout CA. He'll also be hosting a nice festival over Memorial Day Weeeknd in Red Bluff with his band The Trailer Park Troubadours (McNevin & McClain are playing that as well), and Antsy also plays the Mudpuddle Shop in Niles on Tuesday May 22nd. It's gonna be a very Antsy Month. Read More about Antsy's gig antics and Red Bluff Festival here:
530 Main Street, Napa, CA
Click this link for ADV Tickets and a nice bio of Antsy McClain: 
Tues May 22  7:30pm.   
Niles, CA 
The Mudpuddle Shop 
Antsy McClain & McNevin in concert. Plus a surprise guest or two in the Pilgrim Chair.  Antsy is in Niles, doing shows around CA, and running his wonderful 9th annual homegrown WoodFlock Festival up in Red Bluff on Memorial Day Weekend. More about Antsy and his antics and touring and festival is here: 
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. 
RSVP at the FB event Page or by email to Mike: 
Memorial Day Weekend May 25-27
Red Bluff, CA 
Woodflock Music Fest 
Antsy McClain & The Troubs, McNevin & McClellan, Edgar Cruz, Michael Kelsey, others. 
Enjoy the whole thing Fri Eve to Mon Morn, or do a 24 hour stay with one overnight for about half price. 200 or so flamingo heads and folk fans chilling and picking on the Sacramento River. Tent camp, car camp, or bring your trailer, everyone fits. Lots of elbow room under huge shady Sycamore trees. Nice amphitheater in one of the groves for the evening campfire concerts. There are  quite a few basic campground cabins available, no extra charge, first come first serve. Plenty of other nearby motel and RV park options nearby too, don't let the bugs and owls scare you. Meals included too - breafast and dinner by Dos Tacos (they do various meal choices). We also have a Saturday chili cookoff, and a camp decorating contest - BYO Pink Flamingos and Cribbage! Arts and crafts and other shenanigans throughout. Located at the very end of the Red Bluff Recreation Area on the Sacramento River. We have the entire place to ourselves! Just a 2-hour drive north of Sacramento. To learn more about this wonderful homegrown WoodFlock Fest, and about Antsy and his antics, visit his website:
Contact Uncle Fred for availability at
Mon May 28 
Niles CA 
The Mudpuddle Shop
Annika Fehling Trio (from Sweden!) 
Annika and McNevin spent a week in Sweden writing songs together with about 15 other writers, about 3 years ago on the beautfiul island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea. She is bringing her trio and a new recording to the states for a CA tour. Let's sell it out and show the Swedes a good time in Niles! 
RSVP at the FB event Page or by email to Mike: 
May 30 - June 5
Kerrville, TX 
Kerrville Folk Fest 
Camfires, Freinds, and Folk Songs Galore. 
An 18 Day festival, the "burning man" of songwriters (well, without all the dust, contraptions, and the overt insanity). The 2nd week, and into the 2nd weekend, is a great time to be there. 
June Gigs: SF, Napa, Port Costa, & Niles, more TBA:
Fri June 8, 8pm
Niles, CA 
Mudpuddle Shop
An LA Invasion of Muddy Proportions: 
Rick Shea, I Sea Hawks band, Corrina Carter, all coming north from the City Of Angels. Plus host McNevin. They have pedigrees, Niles will love them. RSVPs are a good idea, will likely sell out, but walk-ups are welcome to open seats. $15-25 suggested donation. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. 
Sat June 9, 4pm. 
San Francisco Free Folk Festival. 
Yes, it's free! at the Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street, SF CA. McNevin & The Spokes, or a spoke, play the 4pm slot on the Faith Petric Stage. Corrina Carter is coming along as a Spoke for that one too. McNevin and Don Murdock also host the festival Open Mic from 1-3pm. The whole festival goes Noon-10pm, with two larger stages, many acts, plus jams and dancing and storytelling and workshops and swaps all over the place. 
Sun June 10, 1:30-5pm
Port Costa, CA 
The Warehouse
Sharing a crazy fun afternoon small town gig with Sandi & The Rockerfellers. McNevin will be filling in between band sets, jamming some with the band, and doing duo and solo cameos and harmonies with special guest Corrina Carter on center mic and side mics. The Rockerfellers are also sitting in on McNevin tunes too. A lot of R&R, some originals, wherever the wind blows the set list. This is both a family-freindly and biker-freindly place on the Carquinez Straights, on the water. Watch the container ships, sailboats, and the beautiful reflection of chrome off the Harley's parked out in the dirt. Near Vallejo, Crocket, Hercules area. Cool town, smaller than Niles if you can believe that. 

Sat June 23
Napa, CA
Capp Heritage Winery In downtown Napa. 
Michael McNevin in concert. 7pm doors and mingling, 8pm show. It's FREE! In the deco lounge, walkups welcome. RSVP if you'd like to nab a seat, in case it fills up. 707-254-1922. 
1245 First Street Napa CA 94559 


McNevin & Maybelle, SoCal In March - February 27, 2018


Early March McNevin shows in SoCal & NoCal! 
Friends in SoCal, I'm driving south this morning, in a '92 Cadillac. Her name is Maybelle McGuzzlah. I'll own her for a month or two while I figure out my next touring rig. I've packed a bunch of old cassette tapes for the drive, cuz that's all she's got in her dash. She drives like a dreamboat! 

Details below, hope to see some familiar faces! 
~ Michael
Wed Feb 28, 7-9:30. 
South Pasadena, CA
Arroyo Seco Golf Course  
Brad Colerick CD Release Party 
Gonna crash the release party for Brad Colerick's new CD, in South Pasadena. If you get there by 5pm, you can also hit 9 holes of Whack & Walk Golf with us. Concert starts at 7pm, at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Great listening vibe, tasty affordable food and bevs, a plethora of Who's Whos shows up for these things. This one will be especially special. I'll be doing a tune or two as well.  
Fri Mar 2nd, 8-10pm. 
North Hollywood, CA. 
Kulak's Woodshed. 
Featuring Michael McNevin.
Hosted by Severin Browne. 
& The First Friday Band. 
8 pm, $10.  (818) 766-9913.
5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd North Hollywood, CA. 
Severin hosts this First Fridays at Kulak's monthly songwriter hang.  I've not played Kulak's in YEARS, it's a great little place! (Like the Mudpuddle Shop's big little brother). Severin is the host, and it's quite a happening.!
Sev and his band will close the night, band (usually) includes: Alex Del Zoppo on piano; Barrett Tagliarino on guitar; John Stowers on bass; Merritt Raff on drums; David Stone on piano and ukulele; Mara Wells on harmonica; Jaynee Thorne and Leslie Beauvais on Background Vocals; with John Cartwright on bass (with Dave and Mara), and Jime Van Booven on bass (with Barrett and Merritt).
(NOTE: Those who cannot attend in person, can watch the webcast live on Concert Window at )
Sat Mar 3rd, 7pm. 
Kagel Canyon, CA. 
McNevn house concert at Coddy & Mary's place. 
A song swap follows concert. 
RSVP: or (818) 486-8505. 
11305 Blue Sage Dr. Kagel Canyon, CA 91342. 
Doors 6pm, show at 7pm. $15 donation.
The "Live A The A-Frame" house concert series includes a potluck and a song swap after, RSVP with Coddy. Coddy & Mary have an amazing house, and if you're a diehard, there are usually 10-15 songwriters swapping tunes in the living room after the show is over. Bring a tune or just your ears and hang out a while. The driveway is steep so if this is a problem, please come early and park up near the house. And if you park on the street, be very sure you leave enough room for a firetruck to get by. 
Sat Mar 10th, 6-9pm. 
House Concert at Caroline's place. 
With Bay Station & Michael McNevin.  
A songwriter house concert co-bill with Michael McNevin & Bay Station (featuring Alameda songwriters Deborah Crooks and Kwame Copeland). Doors at 6pm, show at 6:30pm. Sliding suggested donation is $15-25. This is just a half mile from where I live, but it'll feel like miles, a rare occasion to get away from the Mudpuddle Shop - thanks Caroline! Light refreshments provided, and/or BYO favorite beverage. The concert takes place at a private home, seats about 40, cosy and listening room vibe. A possible song swap & jam can follow the concert after the concert. RSVPs are mandatory, email Caroline directly for your seat and the address: 
Songwriter Michael McNevin has a vivid brand of storytelling. He started his career in the the bars of the SF East Bay, mixing in a six-month stint in New York, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Seasoned vocals and accomplished guitar work underscore the stories, characters, and places he travels. He's been a main stager at some of the bigger music festivals around, including Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Philly Folk, and SummerFolk. He's been on concert bills with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, Richie Havens, Christine Lavin, Robert Earl Keen, Utah Phillips, and many others. He is winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, a 7-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters "Song Of The Year" award ('91, '92, '97, '98, '05, '09, '17), was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as a Top 12 "DIY Artist Of The Year", and was nominated "Artist Of The Year" by the National Academy of Songwriters. 



McNevin in Moss Beach Fri Feb 16th 2018 - February 14, 2018

McNevin in Moss Beach at Cypress Meadows. Friends in or around Half Moon Bay, this Friday Night Feb 16th at 7:30, a foam and folk fix for all you ocean loving, music loving, beach combers. At Cypress Meadows, a beautiful indoor vibey acoustic place. Flexible donation, plus beer, wine, coffee, tea. Get sandy :).

~ Mike

Fri Night Feb 16th, 7:30.
Moss Beach, CA
Michael McNevin in concert
At Cypress Meadows (ten minutes north of Half Moon Bay).
Walkups welcome! Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30.
RSVP does help plan for seats and suds:
email or call 650-728-8045.
343 Cypress Ave. Moss Beach, CA.  
"Pass The Hat" for the music.
Beer, wine, coffee, tea, available too.

Here's a FB Event Link to share & invite also:

How to tour Sweden & Germany for a couch. - November 17, 2017

“How to get to Sweden & Germany for free with no lead time”. 

That is a VERY good question. Keep reading, below this European gig schedule, is a new "Trick of the Trade". Can't wait to land in Stockholm Saturday Morning, to see songwriter friends in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and in Berlin! Bought some warm clothes for this one. I'll miss Thanksgiving here at home, but I'll be sharing thanks and good times and music with some very sweet Swedes and Germans! 

Happy holidays ~ Michael 

Sat Nov 18, 7pm. 
Stockholm Sweden. 
Songwriter Cobill with Eva Hillered & Michael McNevin.
Concert is at Eva’s place, contact Eva for details.  
FB Event Page for Eva’s HC:

Sun Nov 19. 
Stockholm, Sweden.
Songwriter song swap at Eva’s Place.  
With songwriter Maria Blom, Eva, McNevin, others. 
Casual hang, private, contact Eva for details. 

Mon Nov 20. 
Stockholm, Sweden. 
Maria Blom’s place. 
Mike, Maria, and Caroline play fiddles, guitars, etc. 
Maybe pen a song together too? 
Or we all just nap. 

Tues Nov 21. 
Gothenburg, Sweden.
Song Swap at Sofai Ekberg’s place. 
McNevin, Sofia, Caroline Testard, others. 
Casual, contact Sofia for details on FB: 

Wed Nov 22, 10am-2pm.  
Gothenburg, Sweden (and surrounding area). 
Löftadalens College. 
McNevin teaches College Songwriting Workshop. 
Sofia Ekberg facilitates and teaches too. 

Wed Nov 22, 6-9pm. 
(not totally sure on the time). 
Löftadalens College. 
Michael McNevin in Concert - one feature set. 
Feature set followed by “Open Stage”. 
A songwriter variety show. 
Contact Sofia Ekberg on Facebook for details: 

Thurs Nov 23. 
Fjärås, Sweden. 
House Concert with Sofia Ekberg. 
Private, write Mike/Sofia for details. 
Find Sofia on Facebook:

Sat Nov 25. 10:30am. 
Berlin, Germany. 
Berlin Boat Fair. 
A Morning Show w/ Claudia Nentwich. 
$40 to get into the fair, at an event center. 
Find Claudia on Facebook for more info:

Sat Nov 25. 
Berlin, Germany. 
Evening House Concert w/ Claudia Nentwich. 
At a private home, in Southeast Berlin. 
Write Mike & Claudia for details. 
Find Claudia on FB at:  

Sun Nov 26
Berlin Germany. 
McNevin busks the streets of Berlin with Caroline. 
Unless it’s too cold to play. 
Otherwise, it’s soup and sightseeing. 

“How to get to Sweden & Germany for free with no lead time”. A couple months ago, Niles neighbor Mara texts Mike “Hey Mike, there's a Free old couch and chairs in the I Street alley between 2nd and 3rd, might fit the shop?” Mike indeed finds abandoned antique red velvet couch in the alley a block from his house, plus two matching chairs. Great condition! Off to the Mudpuddle Shop. Later that week long time Niles neighbor and German native Caroline sees the red couch at a Mudpuddle song swap, wants it. Huh? But Mike likes 100 year old couch & chairs, perfect for the Mudpuddle shop, see how they fit? Simultaneously, Caroline has planned a Thanksgiving time trip over the pond, to see her daughter in Sweden and family in Germany. Smart shopper, she bought roundtrip tix way in advance for herself and fellow Euro/CA transplant John who also wants to see the homeland - $350 each. Caroline then learns John can't go on the Sweden trip with her, something about a green card. Caroline mentions abandoned plane ticket to Mike. Huh? Niles antique dealer values abandoned couch and chairs; $350-400. $500 on a good day. Cha-ching! Mike delivers red velvet couch to Caroline's house. Mike gets a roundtrip nonstop plane ticket Oakland to Stockholm. Mike writes to lovely Sweden & Germany friends for any short notice gigs to be had? Really?? Sweet! Pack the bags! Meant to be.

"Cradle To Grave" wins 2017 Song Of The Year for West Coast Songwriters - September 5, 2017

I neglect this little news page, sorry! Here's some September 2017 Stuff. 

Here's a rough list of Fall 2017 gigs coming up, still booking the Fall & Winter. Local stuff, festivals, a songwriting award, and a tour to Sweden! Still To host a house concert, yard concert, or if you have a hall or club somewhere, would love to play your town.

Sept 1 & 2
Strawberry Music Festival in Tuolumne, CA
McNevin & McCellan play two shows and do two songwriting workshops, check the schedule for the full on blast this festival is. Amazing musicians everywhere around camp, a life changer for me back in 2003, always a joy to return.


Sept 8-10, 2017. 37th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference in SF.

"Cradle To Grave" won "Song Of The Year"! The 37th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference is this weekend in SF at the Holiday Inn at Fishermans Wharf. "Cradle To Grave" was one of three songs chosen as grand finals winners for "Song of the Year", competitors over a year's time from Portland to Hollywood. The other winners are Mira Goto and Laurin Hunter, and we perform our songs at the Sat Night Sunset Concert, along with the many hit writers from Nashville, LA, and elsewhere populating the conference, the Saturday show, and the industry panels. Songwriters in the SF Bay or within drive shot of the bay, there are Tons of publishers and industry leaders there for all the attendees - pitch your songs for film, TV, album projects, and take in the many seminars about the songwriting biz. There's also a Friday gathering at a local bar, meet and greet of the industry guests and attendees.  

Sept 17, Mudpuddle Shop Jam, 2-5pm. Casual. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. Pop in anytime. NO RSVP, drop $ in the baskets for the shop rent. 

Sept 22-24. A house boat concert weekend, 2nd annual. It's private, but if YOU also have a houseboat, or just a house, I'll play in your living room or on the roof with the beach chairs!

Friday Sept 29. Glenn Campbell Tribute Night at The Makeout Room in SF. LOTS of friends on the bill for this one, each doing a Glenn song, honoring one of country music's most beloved figures. RIP Glenn you will be missed! 

Sun Oct 1. Mudpuddle Shop. Song Swap and Showcase. It's Sara Glaser's birthday, so we're throwing a party. Short 4 song sets by Sara, Sandi & Skip Snyder of the Rockerfellers, McNevin, and others also popping in to join the circus for a 3-hour romp. come one come all. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA.


Oct 6 & 7. Austin, Nevada. Two private concerts.


Sun Oct 8. Chouinard Winery in Palomares Canyon, off Niles Canyon. 20th year celebration of Alameda Creek Alliance, the bash includes food, wine, and music by McNevin & The Spokes. As of this writing, 10 seats remain for the food price ($50), but we're likely going to open it up to wine and music only attendees for a $20 donation. Stay tuned and bug McNevin about it if you want to come.


Oct 14. Carpinteria, CA. Palm Loft Gallery. Concert and art opening and potluck, song circle follows the show, bring your instrument.


Oct 16-19. Playing in Yosemite at a private campground party.


Oct 20-22, at EveryFolk campout gathering in Ben Lomond, CA. Music, camping, sharing time in the redwoods. 

Wed Oct 25. Pacifica, CA. "The Bruce Latimer Show" airs once a month nowadays, this will be one of many appearances over the years. I lovingly refer to him as Johnny Carson on acid. He has hosted almost, or over, 1000 shows in several decades, always featuring two live music guests, with interviews, along the lines of a regular talk show. He even does a monologue. Airs live on cable channel 8 in Pacifica then it gets repeated. Tune in live that night, or watch the syndicated airings as it makes the rounds to other participating NoCal entertainment cable channels. 

Sun Oct 29. Niles, CA. Antsy McClain of "The Trailer Park Troubadours" comes to downtown Niles for a show at The Mudpuddle Shop. Antsy is a great performer and writer, lives in Nashville. McClain and McNevin play short sets, swap tunes, back each other up. Mostly McClain, some of McNevin, and a likely 'after jam'. Haven't settled on a time yet, might do the daytime thing of 2-5pm, or a bit later, 5pm show into a jam as it gets dark. This'll be a good one. $20 admission. Will likely sell out, get your seats early - 

Sat Nov 4. Emerald Hills, CA. Playing above Woodside, in the hills at Roger & Donna's place. It's a private house concert, will likely sell out. If they don't already have the place filled, email Mike and see about attending.  

Nov 17-27. On tour in Sweden! Stockholm, Visby, Gothenburg. Lots of cobills with Sweden friends, dates and exact cobills TBA. if you're curious and/or know folks over the pond who'd like to come to a show. 


January 2015 - Gigs in CA & TX - January 13, 2015

Happy New Year to friends near and far, here are some January gigs in CA and TX to get it started. Have a great month and a terrific muddy year. 

Love & safe travels

~ Michael 

Fri Jan 9th  5pm 
Ben Lomond, CA 
Guest artist speaker at a Songwriters Retreat (private week-long event, but you can attend as a songwriter next January 2016 by contacting Brett Perkins) - Much of the same group of folks play Saturday Night in Monterey as they end their retreat together and start gigging around Cali.
Sat Jan 10th   8m 
Monterey, CA -
Bay Park Hotel's "Safari Lounge" a very nice bar with stage. An International Songwriter Showcase Cobill w/ Annette Bjergfeldt, Andy Goggin, Annika Fehling, Brett PerkinsBurton JespersenAnn-Sofie Rørsgaard, Maria Blom, Michael McNevin, Kiki Wow, and others.  1425 Munras Ave Monterey, CA  93940  Links for more gig and artist info:'   , or, 

Sun Jan 11th  2-5pm
Niles CA  (in Fremont) 
MudPuddle Shop Jam. An informal "In The Round" song swap at the smallest venue west of the Mississippi. Includes a visit by the beloved Fredrick family (Nate has his mom and dad down from Seattle, they combine to play piano, bagpipes, accordion, fiddle, bass, guitar, percussion). Whoever's in the room can join in as part of "Los Horribles". No RSVP required, but it can get full - get there at 2pm for a guaranteed seat.  BYO.  Donations in the baskets appreciated. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536   (510) 794-9935. 
Tues Jan 13th  7-9pm  
Niles CA
"2nd Tuesday Sonwriter Group" at The Mupuddle Shop. Monthly workshop and song swap, sharing of ideas, loose social gathering to talk songwriting. Optional pizza delivery if we're hungry. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536   (510) 794-9935.  BYO, no RSVP required. $10-20 or give what you can. 

Fri Jan 16th 7:30pm 
Winnsboro, TX  
Winnsboro Arts Center w/ Lynn Adler, Lindy Hearne, Michael McNevin
The beginning of  lone star state weekend sojourn starts in Winnsboro. Friday Night is an "In The Round" with good friends Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne! The Winnsboro Center For The Arts on the "Bowery Stage", about 80 miles East of Dallas. Here's the event links -- if you know any Texans, please pass it on!! -- Visit & there is an event page here:
Sat Jan 17th  8pm 
Wylie, TX 
Playing in a country suburb of Dallas at the long running house concert series at Tom & Linda's place - Acoustic Concert Tours is a house concert series, a home aways from home, full of wonderful friends. It'll feel like a reunion. Includes a pot luck, and likely song swap after? Contact Paul Porter or Linda Silas for details, it's open to the public, invite your peeps! 4030 N Hwy 78, Wylie TX 75098  . info at:  & 

Sun Jan 18th  (7pm-ish?) 
Dallas, TX 
The Dallas venue is a private House Concert, at someone's house, but I can put you in touch with Michele, the host, if you're interested in attending. Info TBA. 

Thurs Jan 22nd - Mon Jan 26th
Cambria, CA
WinterSongs West Songwriters Retreat in beautiful Cambria. 
Songwriters of all levels gather, and make music for 5 days. It's not too late to attend, the more the merrier. I'll be coaching some, but also attending, and there are 7-8 staff teachers on board. Usually 40-60 folks are at camp, lead by our fearless leader Penny Nichols. $500 covers all meals and lodging and workshops, it's freakin' fun. Song swaps at night, lots of songwriting and co-writing. You can peel off to work on a song by yourself anytime, or attend the many variety of music/lyric/writing workshops running through the day. At Beautiful "Camp Ocean Pines", on a bluff above the ocean. 
Fri Jan 30th 
Fremont, CA 
Private House Concert, info TBA. 
Sat Jan 31st
Livermore CA   
"Sauced" BBQ 
I'm teaming up with Fred McCarty at "Sauced"! We'll be cobilling using a mutual band - two guitars, bass, and maybe another side player, trading songs and licks for the night. This is a bar, with 14 televisions, a seriously large and busy BBQ joint. While it isn't a listening concert, the stage and liveliness does have a feel. Expect a mix of covers and originals, worth checking out if you're in the mood. It's free.   2300 First Street #120, Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 961-1300 

Mudpuddle Music
Cell:  (510) 789-9714 
Winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas.
6-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year".
Performing Songwriter Magazine as a Top 12 "DIY Artist Of The Year". 
Nominated Artist of the Year by the National Academy Of Songwriters. 
Winner of the NARAS/WCS SF Chapter "Unplugged Unsigned" competition. 
Grand Prize winner of the WCS International Song Contest. 
Winner of the Napa Valley and Spokane WA New-folk competitions. 
3rd place awards at Telluride & Rocky Mountain Folks Fest troubadour competitions.
Etch A Sketch artist of some renown (not kidding). Featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox. 
Owner of the The Mudpuddle Shop; a hive for concerts, jams, workshops. 
Etch A Sketch drawings hang proudly on the shop walls, waiting for an earthquake.

For gigs in Niles, visit The Mudpuddle Shop 
Concerts, jams, songwriting workshops, Etch A Sketch Art. 
37433 Niles Blvd   Fremont CA  94536 
Shop Concert Line (Msgs Only): (510) 794-9935 

Get Muddy.  ~  Michael

Mike & Mudpuddle Shop In SF Bay Newspapers. - August 15, 2012

My shop & myself & Clancy the dog had a feature in the Argus, Daily Review, Oakland Tribune, SJ Mercury, CC times - heres' the link:
It's an interview and photo(s) of yours truly hanging in the Mudpuddle Shop, talking life, career, Etch A Sketch, Niles roots... hopefully a coherent and somewhat fashionable piece. I used to deliver the Argus and The Daily Review and Tribune as a kid. Big thanks to Darren, Anda, and Rob for covering the Mudpuddle :-). I also want to thank a differernt local paper, the Tricity Voice, who've been great year in and year out in their coverage of the Niles/Fremont/Newark/Union City areas, especially running band pics & stories for Plaza Concerts; here's ther link: - thanks for covering the arts & Niles!!

Mudpuddle Memeberships Are Taking Off! - April 9, 2011

Thanks again to those who've become Mudpuddle Members!

Cheers to another five years of concerts, jams, workshops,
art & shenanigans. Wanna be a member? it's easy and cheap! (it's also the vehicle to which the shop stays open, otherwise, it's a goner!)

Stay tuned for more concerts, songwriting workshops, jams and song circles, and other art events -- evening and day events are in the works, along with Niles & Art related products (especially products & services from participating Mudpuddle Members). Look for some pirate radio (the legal kind) and concert recordings once we get the technology figured out. To help the space be more active and vibrant, we hope members take advantage of the activities offered, and even help create some shop use of their own if you're so inclined. Members will have a discounted rate to rent the space. That will be in the fine print soon enough!

What's the membership cost? 5 bucks a month donation is an annual membership of $60 for the year, or, $10 a month is $120 for the year, etc. You pick what you can afford. What are the perks? Well, you belong to an art & music community, and you'll get to be in on all the Mudpuddle calendar events and products. PLUS you get a laminated Mudpuddle Membership card that says you're special. We'll figure out more perks as we go :-).

If you're reading about this for the first time, well, you've missed so much! 300 jams, 50+ concerts, poetry workshops, guitar lessons, etc. This is one small way of keeping the arts alive in Niles, and in NoCal at large.

A little recap of 2009! - January 12, 2010

Happy New Year, 2009 was a doozy. On the home front, due to my longtime dear friend and landlord Mary Hewitt passing away, I lived nowhere in particular from June till September (google her name, and you'll see what a saint she was). So, I spent a couple spells on the Delta for some vacation time, spent a month on a floor down the street from my old place (thanks Cas!), a few trips to the Sierra Nevada Mtns for gigs, a couple trips to Tx for gigs. Then Sept - Dec I flopped at the Fritz House -- God Bless The Fritz Family. I also slept in my shop twice in that time out of necessity, that was an adventure. But considering where I've slept during tours and years past, a cot in the shop is the Marriott. So, the house, and the apartment in the back of Mary's house that I rented for 10 years, went under remodel then up for sale in June. Mary's kids needed to sell the house, so I stuffed most all my stuff into a 'Pod' in the driveway, and waited for the rental unit to be available somehow again by the new owner, or go away for good. It was a 'patient' seven months. Then my brothers and Dad and I bought the old house, and I moved in on Xmas Eve, '09. Not too furnished in the furniture dept yet, and no furnace, but I'm again living a block from the shop, and a block from the brand new Niles Town Plaza too! Got to play the ribbon cutting for it last month - 500 people turned out for that! Now if only they'd finish it :-). Looking forward to some sunny days there on the grass there with Clancy. Did I mention Clancy?

A friend and volunteer for Golden Spike, Dan Mills, finds and fosters dogs from the pound every couple months, has been trying to get me to adopt one of his saved doggies for the past two years. I finally caved -- I couldn't resist the black lab he introduced me to in August. For the last 3-4 months, me and Clancy were then adopted into the Fritz House Of Sand (with 4 cats, 2 other dogs, and six humans). What a fun ride that was! Anyway, Clancy is now snoozing on the little couch in my shop, sleeping off his meal. Aside from frisbees, he eats anything in the yard -- avocados, ginkgo berries, branches, and sheet rock that the electricians drop -- suffice to say he's looking very healthy.

In 2009, musically, I made some money and some headway. Not a lot, but I'm happy that in a recession, I don't rely on a corporate paycheck to work and play. I didn't tour a ton, but I played a decent number of nice house concerts and venues, and I played some fun festivals - Kerrville and the American River Music Fest were great highlights. I recorded a dozen rough tunes for a new CD, but never officially released the CD, that'll have to be a project for 2010 -- "Kickin Tires". I went to some fun music conferences in the NY Catskills and LA too, saw dear old friends and made some new ones. In September I won Song Of The Year for the West Coast Songwriters' Association and got to play the it at the new Freight & Salvage during their opening week. Making music is rewarding, but it's the other music people who really make it fun - a loving and creative bunch of friends in this Americana niche. The older I get, the more luck I feel to have people like that in my life.

Last couple years I promised myself I'd move to an Oakland loft or get into some other fresh town for the music scene. While I didn't move out of Niles, I did promote a lot of music here with other musicians and friends, and jammed a TON at my shop on Niles Blvd, we just brought the party here! The Golden Spike Train Volunteer program I run turned a new leaf (Golden Spikers are the Nilesians who help me populate town with walkie talkies to help the visiting Niles steam train riders get to the train on Sundays via shuttles and underpasses). Now, with the "Golden Spike Music Program" in place, December had me and my assistant Susan booking over 50 acts to town on the holiday trains and on the sidewalks of Niles - it made for a very happy time in Mayberry and kept me busy and close to home. When I do get the Niles home under control, I think my 'second home' will be a shared and cheap house boat somewhere near Jack London Sq and the Alameda marinas. Stay tuned!

2010 looks like a future I never thought I'd have as a musician... home ownership scares the crap out of me honestly, but it is very settling too. My Dad and I are about to build a kitchen table from some of the old wood under the house. And I look forward to some jams in the living room and porch, more furniture for the dog to eat, some dimmers on the living room lights, some shutters on the big windows (a neighbor drove by the other night, saw me in the window, and texted that the jam looked like it was in a very bright fish bowl).

Here's to good fishin' in the fishbowl,

~ Muddy Mike

Gigs and Fests in August & Sept '09 - August 13, 2009

Plenty of gigs & festivals below - all around NoCal in the coming weeks, and also a trip to Texas on Labor Day Weekend for the Kerrville Folk Festival! This coming Friday Aug 14th is a Santa Clara concert at Mission City Coffee Co for a co-bill with Calaveras! Sat Aug 15th is an Oakland songwriters night at Left Coast Cyclery hosted by the Celebrating Songwriters Concert Series. For the wine country lovers, Aug 22nd is the 4th annual "Cur-ville" in Kenwood near Santa Rosa (the name sake honours the biggie in TX). There are a few more bay area gigs in Martinez, Lafayette, Saratoga as WCS ramps up for the September Music conference and "Song of the Year" awards - including the Finale Showcase on Monday Aug 31st at the BRAND NEW FREIGHT & SALVAGE! The conference is Sept 11 & 12, and then it's up to the Sierra Nevada for the American River Music Festival Sept 18-19-20 (headliners include Jackie Green annd Jimmy LaFave! I'll be doing a songwriter's workshop with old friend Keith Greeninger). And for those of you who have still not seen the indie film "Weekend King", it's coming back to the Edison Theater in Niles on Friday Sept 25th (filmed in Niles, with a cameo and songs in the sound track!
-- Hope there is a gig near you this month, see you somewhere!   ~ Michael

"Scarecrow" win's Song Of The Year" - August 4, 2009

Good news, my new song "Scarecrow" won "Song Of The Year" last night for the East Bay chapter of the West Coast Songwriters Association. The WCS competition is a bit different than it used to be. In the Olden days, 3 writers won during one round of competitions, and then played the conference in September. Now the monthly open mic competitions have expanded to Portland, L.A., & out in central CA too, so ten winners from each of the ten open mics win an award (I think it's a Song Of The Year?), but then those ten winners have a finale performance later in the month, Monday Aug 31st at the NEW
Freight & Salvage Coffee House. Of those ten, three will then be picked to perform at the conference in front of a few hundred music industry pros and songwriters. Not sure if there's a separate award name for that now, but it is one heck of an honor to play at the Sunset Concert - it's a magical event! Also a perk of this year's round of songs - the year's ten best will be part of a song compilation CD!

Homes and Gigs. And Mike is actually writing this! - July 15, 2009

Hi everybody,

June was a month of couches, floors, and singing by rivers, and July has been much the same. I've let some of my payroll people go, but I do hope to have Allison and/or others back in the loop soon to help me update this web stuff and get more gigs and CDs rolling. When Mary passed away, we all thought the "in-law" apartment in Niles I was renting might be available to me within a couple weeks, but alas, my stuff is still in a Pod, and likely will stay there into Sept as the house is fixed up some. Once sold, the house won't be mine to move back into anyway, so I'm squatting on all kinds of floors, mainly Kass' place, down the street while she and her boyfriend are off traveling. Thanks Kass! The Delta trip was awesome, two weeks living there in cabins with my mom and brothers didn't suck! Then July 4th had me up on the shores of S. Lake Tahoe for a wonderful house concert at the Frost's place. My God what a peice of heaven that place is.

Kidney Stones Hurt! - July 5, 2009

Hey, did I mention I passed a Kidney Stone in June? Sure did, at the very end of a family gathering in the Delta. That's the bad news. The good news is I peed it out and it cannot hurt me ever again.

TV Time in Texas! - May 12, 2009

Michael is visiting Texas to meet with the stars and the producers of the TV show "Texas Country Roads." The show is going national, changing it's name to "On the Road with Bob Phillips" and Mike will be featured in the very first episode! Clips for the segment were filmed in Mike's hometown of Niles earlier this year.

Michael proves tough to beat - April 27, 2009

Michael has entered and won several West Coast Singer Songwriter competitions around the Bay Area. He has qualified to enter the Annual Songwriter Showcase at Berkeley's Freight and Salvage where he will compete for the title of "best song of the year." We all know how good Mike’s writing and playing is and it’s great that he’s getting recognition for the professional community and his peers.

Get the hell out of Niles! - March 27, 2009

People in Niles seem to roll up the sidewalks after 10 PM (no offence, he loves the sleeply little town) so Mike's been hitting the night music scene in other parts of the bay area. Mission Coffee House in Santa Clara is a favorite place worth checking out.

A few Obama Mudpuddle Jam Pictures Posted - November 3, 2008

The Obama Mudpuddle Shop Jam was a Blast! Go see the pictures at the bottom of my picture page here if you want. Thanks so much for everyone who showed up. Nothing more empowering than watching this election from the bottom up. Crossing fingers - get to the polls tomorrow!!

New Mudpuddle Web Site as of Today!! October 21st 2008, my first bloggie thing in here. - October 21, 2008

Hi Mudheads!

Well, after many years attending to a site I barely knew how to work, my muddy associates, Allison & Susan, helped me create a new site. I like the old one too, but this one is affiliated with our CD seller so we're going to load it up with pictures and words and see how it goes.

I'm heading to AZ this coming Thursday for the Far West folk alliance conference, I hope my emails and content are up and running before then!

so far so good I think. If anyone has anything to add - pictures or comments - we'd love to hear from you.



PS - Don't forget to vote for Obama.

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