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Hey muddy muds! McNevin in Nashville, end of September:
9.26. Nashville, TN. at Douglas Corner. 
         8:30 w/ Antsy McClain & The Troubs. 
9.28. Mount Juliet, TN. Home Concert. 
        7pm. Contact Antsy or Mike to rsvp. 
9.29. Nashville, TN. The Commodore. 
         7pm - 7:40 In The Round w/ Others.
Heading to Nashville this morning. Watched some of the country music series by Ken Burns last night, it was up to episode #7, covered the '70s and '80s, good stuff. I loved living there in 1998, recorded Sketch there at Cliff Goldmacher's Walk-in Closet, lived in Carol Elliot's Writers Boarding House attic room for six months, and was touring through prior every six months or so to play The Bluebird early round show and play pickup baseball with the songwriters living around Sylvan Park. Had a TON of fun (sans the huge tornado that came through downtown while I was recording near Centennial Park... that was surreal). But I got a real dose of how dedicated songwriters live and work. The town has a great arts culture, making all kinds of music, not just country. It's really a small town after a while, the folks know and support each other, find their tribe, song-write and record, helps to have best of the best musicians at one another's finger tips. Last time through was at least 10 years ago. I hear it has changed, 18 skyscraper cranes dotting the Nashville skyline. Some towns are gonna change. Antsy McClain & The Troubs are hosting me the Thursday and Saturday shows. The Sat Night concert at Antsy's home, if you have friends who'd like to come, we can probably fit another 10 folks. Sunday is a short In The Round showcase at The Commodore Grill on the West End. Looking forward to the gigs, visiting, see how bad the traffic might be, can't be worse than SF Bay though. They also have weather. I'm including my iPhone Siri screen shot of the Nashville forecast this week. Gonna be warm & friendly.
~ Michael


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Below this Triple line, are past gigs, posted as I can, that sometimes scroll without much order to them. As the gig world turns! Enjoy the rotating. 

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A month of doings Aug 31-Sept 30 2019! This weekend in Livermore Aug 31st, then Livermore again Sept 7th, and other stuff in Berkeley, and Napa, and Nashville, and Niles. Hope you can make a show or hoedown in your area. Below the gig info below, is a historic little tale about the famous bandit Juaquin Murrieta, who traveled through Livermore and Niles Canyon back in the mid 1800s. Enjoy! ~ Michael.

Sat Aug 31st Sounds Of Summer Concert Series at Murietta's Well Winery. 5:30-8pm, with Songwriter Michael McNevin. $50 includes Music, Dinner, & an Estate Grown Glass of Wine. 5:30 Meet & Eat,. 6:30-8pm Music. 3005 Mines Rd Livermore, CA 94550. 925-456-2395. ADV TIX Here: https://murrietaswell.com/events/sounds-of-summer-michael-mcnevin


Fri Sept 6th at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The annual songwriter extravaganza for the West Coast Songwriters Grand Finals for "Song Of The Year". I'll be playing "Young Santos" as my offering, along with so many other wonderful songs by friends and peers of WCS. It'll be a great variety of music and community, thanks to the org that helped me get my wheels rolling back in 1991! www.westcoastsongwriters.org


Sept 7th, 11am-9pm "Love Livermore Live" Fest at Darcie Kent Vineyards. McNevin set is at 7pm on the Acoustic Stage. Rotating Lineup on the Barn, Truck, and Acoustic Stages: Crawdad Republic, Meredith McHenry, Bacchus Brothers, The Midnites, Michael McNevin, Big Sticky Mess, Anna Steiger, The Mundaze, Lucas Sanchez, Wolf Hamlin, Night Harvest, The Gitanos, Loren Olk, The Late AM, Rock Workshop. 7000 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA. (925) 243-9040. $45.00 for all day pass. Benefits Musical Instruments for Livermore Youth. www.lovelivermorelive.com


Sept 13-14-15. The Annual WCS Music Conference at Fort Mason in SF. Worth the gander for a day or two or three if you're a songwriter wanting to connect and learn about the music biz, get your songs into movies, film, TV, or cut by other artists. www.westcoastsongwriters.org


Sept 19-22, Flying High Music Camp up in Napa. Friends, beginners, old pros, casual listeners, got a new music and camping and cabin thang outside Napa. My old pal Jim Funk (of The Dawdlers and Sun Kings fame) got me looped in. Happens at Enchanted Hills Camp. I do casual guitar and songwriting workshops Fri afternoon and Sat afternoon. Meals and pool and cabins with beds and linens and bath, and tent cabins, and Car or RV or Tent. Camp fires, horseshoes, hiking trails, outdoor bowling! haha. It's all included. Do all 3 days and nights ($290), or a day and a night ($150), or just be a daytripper ($75). BYO wine/beer. Musicians and Non-musicians welcome to play, write, learn, listen in. Hit the eventbrite link below for schedule, location, more details. Check in with Marco the organizer too: mvtorresi@gmail.com or by cell at (415) 384-1395.
EventBrite Tix Link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flying-high-music-camp-and-retreat-tickets-55813308107
Here's a FB event page for it too for a more informal way of checking in with me on it.
https://www.facebook.com/events/440943609965981/


Sept 25th-Oct 2nd, in Nashville TN. Two shows, and some writing & recording, hanging with old friends.

Sept 26th is at Douglas Corner sitting in with Antsy McClain and The Trailer Park Troubadours (late show, 9pm).

Sat Sept 28th house concert outside of Nashville. You can attend the house concert if you just ping me and ask for the info :). Still digging around for a Fri 9/27 or Sun 9/29 show or a Writers In The Round somewhere, if you know of one, or want to host something please let me know. :).


Sunday Sept 22nd, 4-7pm Mudpuddle Showcase & Song Swap + the annual daytime Niles Canyon Roll & Stroll! Musicians include Rob Shaw, McNevin, and other special guests rotating in the pilgrim chair. This is the same day as the annual Niles Canyon "Roll & Stroll" an all day outdoor thang in the Canyon - the road is closed to cars, so come ride your bike or walk through it, or ride the Niles Canyon Railway Steam Trains rolling through it all day ($12 bucks a train ride, do the morning or mid day, then come to the 4pm showcase after). Bring a picnic on train or the walk. I'll be getting back from Napa that morning, and there is a remote chance I busk in the canyon, like 1-3pm? Anyone else up for that? I think Rob and his TX friend are? That would be a trip right? The 4-7pm Mudpuddle hang is open to all pickers and listeners, with an early emphasis on the showcasers. It gets looser later for the swapping and jamming, bring your axe or borrow one. Play till the cows go home. Pizza dinner for all is also an option. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. RSVP to info@michaelmcnevin.com, or just pop in and grab a seat anytime after 4pm.
Sept 1st? Sept 8th? Locally here in Niles, we are OVERDUE for a song swap or jam at the Mudpuddle Shop. It's a good idea to watch my Facebook walls (personal and bandage) for those kinda things. Maybe we go for a Sunday afternoon Sept 1st, 2-5pm? or Sun Sept 8th, 2-5pm? Raise your hand if you want do to something like that - emails me at and just say you'd like to know about them and I'll get you on a muddy swap list. I can also add you to a Facebook Mudpuddle Swappers & Jammers group page for stuff like that. That goes for all the other gigs I do too, I don't get emails out all the time, or always in time, so you may also find things to do on FB!
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA.
info@michaelmcnevin.com
www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic  (Personal FB Page)
www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic (McNevin & The Spokes)
And the January 16-20, 2020 Songwriter Retreat in Cambria: 
The next Song Camp is ON. Mark your calendars for the next Pacific Songwriting Camp, Jan 16-20. Our last two camps in January 2018 & 2019 were amazing! We have nothing but love and respect for what our mentor Penny Nichols did with these camps for 15 years, and now myself and Caroline Testard are doing our best to keep that creative torch burning. 34 new songs got written and performed at the last one. Wow, what a weekend. You don't have to even play, don't have to start or finish a song, but you probably will. Just come and get creative with us on the Cambria Coast. The camp has been a huge factor in my writing and growth the last 8 years, it's an amazing experience for everyone there of all levels. 60-70 writers, teachers, coaches and friends gather and write and play. Visit our site and consider adding your own creative juice to our January gathering. www.songcamps.org

 

Wanna host a house concert?  

It's easy. You're the host, I show up, we have a concert. Any takers please ping me. And as always, keep an eye on the FB band page and personal pages - good for short notice alerts of new gigs and gatherings coming up at the Mudpuddle and at large.  


Fun Fact: 

"Murrieta's Well" winery is hauntingly beautiful, and maybe it's haunted .... here's a little tale about the famous bandit, Joaquin Murrieta, how Niles and Livermore both played a part in his Wild West history from 170 years ago, during the California Gold Rush. ... Meanwhile, back at the ranch... Fun Fact: Niles and Livermore, towns about 20 minutes apart by car, are akin to one another, by the railroads, their hills, and their history. They were also both hideouts for the famous 1850s bandit. Our local Niles "Clampers" chapter are actually named for Joaquin Murrieta, the famous Mexican Robin Hood of the Gold Rush. The whole history of Murrieta's rough and rowdy life is of course online, all the way down to stories about his missing head, which is rumored to be buried in Niles Canyon. Our local biker bar is The Florence, 3 doors down from the Mudpuddle Shop, and it is the main a locale of choice for the Niles "Clampers". They shoot pool there, drink a bit, and generally do good stuff for humanity, when they're not raising hell on humanity. If you don't know what a Clamper is, google that up too - a sort of Gold Mining union that was formed during the Gold Rush, to help the families of the 49ers; if anything ill-fated happened to their gold-panning brethren, the group helped take care of the wife and children. It's kinda like The Elks Lodge, only different. Anyway, they had a colorful way of initiating new comers, still do. E Clampus Vitas is their sacred motto. You may have seen their good work over the years, as they erect stone and cement historical markers and plaques all over the state of California. Many of the monuments are crooked, but they won't be going anywhere, as they are fortified with Clamper cement, and beer. As to the famous bandit Joaquin Murrieta himself, well any Clamper can tell you, and tell you again, about him. And as the rumors and myths surrounding the bandit get retold and embellished in various ways, one story remains mostly or completely possibly true. A bounty hunter and California Ranger by the name of Love, was after Joaquin, and finally caught up with him and four of the other gang of bandits down by Fresno. They were sure they had killed Joaquin, along with the notorious Three Fingered Jack, who also had a bounty on his head. The rangers cut off the heads of Juaquin and Jack, as proof for the bounty, along with Jack's three fingered hand for extra proof. They then rode for SF, with the heads and hand in jars full of alcohol. Jacks head didn't last, so they buried it on the way. They charged $1 a look though, to folks along the way to see Murrieta's head and Jacks three fingered hand. As for Joaquin's head, his sister got a look at it, and said that was NOT his brother's head. Since they didn't parade the jars up to the Sierra Nevada gold country where others would have identified him properly, it was thought the head's authenticity was in question. It was also reported that Joaquin had been spotted still alive, out and about, after Love's so-called bounty killings. Love never quite lived that rumor down, as the whole thing may have been a ruse, using someone else's head. The alternate claim then came up around here in Niles, that the actual head of Murrieta remained attached and alive on him, or, it was at some point buried under a cabin in Niles Canyon. Or was that Jack's head? Whereas, or henceforth, if the other head that went to SF was someone else's head, who is to say if Murriet'as real head got put in a jar. As far as Niles and Livermore is concerned, today at least, Murrieta's gang is said to have surely hid out in both places, as he sought revenge and justice, like a Mexican Robin Hood, and inspired the early pulp fiction stories of Zorro. Joaquin did hide out in Niles Canyon, and one of the other local Northern CA Hills hideouts is the very location I'll be playing music this Sat Night in Livermore, at the Winery named "Murrieta's Well". I may have to write a song about this guy someday.

 

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Hey muddy muds and map crawlers! It's Summer 2019. Flying to Seattle area for gigs tonight and through the weekend of Aug 1-4, then back to the Bay Area for a Sun Aug 11th show at Armandos in Martinez, a 4pm shindig wiith McNevin & McClellan & The Spokes and special guests The Keller Sisters!  

Future tours for Fall and Winter 2019/20 will take me to TN, MI, TX, NJ, NY, NH, and back to CA. Please do Add a gig to the pile if you have one! Sept in Nashville. Oct & Nov in Michigan. Jan In Cambria (Pacific Songwriting Camp 1/16-20). Jan in Texas (& maybe New Orleans?). Feb in New Jersey, NYC, & North East. 

Below is the Armandos scoop for Aug 11th, and deets for this weekend in Gig Harbor, Olympia, and a Snohomish cobill with Aireene Espiritu!  

Hope to see you out and about ~ Michael.  
 
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Aug 11th, 4pm
Martinez CA 
Armandos
McNevin & McClellan & The Spokes return to Armando's in Martinez Sunday Aug 11th, for a 4pm afternoon show. Includes special guests The Keller Sisters and other pals jumping up to join us. Armandos has a great vibe stage and sound for the Americana thang. Doors at 3:30, show at 4pm, $15 cash only at the door. Use the FB Event Page to share and invite your east bay and Martinez neighbors :-). 
Info: (925) 228-6985
707 Marina Vista Avenue, Martinez CA 94553
https://www.facebook.com/events/631030790748989/  

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Below are the WA concerts this weekend - In Gig Harbor Thur Night, Olympia Fri Night, and Snohomish Sunday afternoon. 


Thurs Aug 1st 7pm in Gig Harbor WA, private house concert.
at Bob and Laurie are hosting an acoustic porch concert at their home Thursday Night Aug 1st at 7pm. Friends of friends welcome. RSVP to Laurie via FB or email at sheltlover@msn.com. Music at 7pm, 5:30 BBQ provided if you can arrive early to eat. $20 donation, goes to the artist. Please bring your favorite lawn chair (just in case). Here's the event page link to share and invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/666188123896035/



Fri Aug 2nd in Olympia WA, private house concert.
A yard concert this Friday in Olympia, at Rhenae & Steve’s place. $20 per head. Doors at 7pm, concert about 8pm. RSVP to Rhenae via email at: naelengle@comcast.net, she will shoot you the address and a few more details.


Sun Aug 4th 4pm in Snohomish WA the Concerts At Lost Lake series. A house concert cobill with Aireene Espritu and Michael McNevin from NoCal. About 10 seats left? Doors 3:15pm, Show 4pm. $20 donation. 100% goes to artists. RSVP required to Michael at rainbow@nwlink.com for more details and the adress. https://www.facebook.com/events/749431255474918/


 

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more past gigs, they sometimes scroll without much order to them. As the gig world turns! Enjoy the rotating. 

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Hello friends and neighbors! It'll be Busy Muddy Festy this weekend in Niles, and a beautiful time next weekend in the Sierra Nevada foothills at The Woodflock Festival. On tap for this weekend are Two afternoon Mudpuddle jam thangs, an annual Spring Fest & Garden Tour, and a Federico’s brunch music blowout. The afternoon Mudpuddle jams are Sat 2-5pm & Sun Noon-4pm. All pickers and listeners welcome to pop in anytime. Coinciding with the Mudpuddle Sunday Jam in Niles is the Annual Spring Fest & Garden Tour, 10am-3pm Sun May 19th, includes Open Gardens and Open Studios all over town and the neighborhood. And, then there’s a Federico's Sunday music lineup on their back patio, Noon-5pm, celebrating their new All-Day brunch service. Rob Cassidy is hosting that. A McNevin set is indeed scheduled for that Federico’s line up DURING the Mudpuddle Jam. How? Well, that is whereby I skips OUT of the Sunday Mupduddle Jam at 1:20, do a 1:25-1:55 set at Federcio’s down the street, then sprint back to the puddle, as Los Horribles keep the muddy fires burnin till i get back (or I’ll just close the shop doors for a half hour?). Lots to do, rain or shine. Part of the Federico’s crowd will likely pop into the puddle as a 2nd Roof, a Green Room, a new place to hang, or a place to dry out, etc. 

 


And After this weekend, if you’re wondering what to do on Memorial Day Weekend, come to WoodFlock with us! McNevin & McClellan, Antsy McClain & The Trailerpark Troubadours, Rachel Garlin, Late For The Train, Sourdough Slim, and other camp pickers. Campfire concerts, workshops, great community dinners and breakfasts included, about 100 of us tent and car camping, RV-ing, and using the no-extra-charge cabins. There's a big comfy lodge there too, so if any cold weather comes up, not a problem for the shows and gatherings, and Cribbage. 

Also heading to Texas for some festival and gigging fun in a few Weeks! I'l be spending a week at the Kerrville Folk Fest May 28 - June 6, picking around the fires. Then I head up to Winnsboro and Dallas for concerts on June 8th and 9th - Sat Night at the famous Bowery Stage, and a Sunday 4pm House Concert at dear friend Kendra Kilgore Terry's place. What a life, I need a nap! No wait, just gimme coffee. 
Get Muddy. ~ Michael. 
www.michaelmcnevin.com 
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Sat May 18th, 2-5pm
Acoustic Jam at The Mudpuddle Shop. 
Listeners and pickers pop in anytime, Americana/Folk, songwriters, jamming. This one is casual, and slated for mostly Upbeat tunes. Lean toward stuff that the electric, snare, bass, keys, harmony vocals can hang with. ‘Special guests' and accidental tourists are part of it. Ballads are great too, and, your ballad may have a back up band. Drop something in the donation baskets for shop rent. Come and go as you please. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. Here's the FB event link to join, share, invite:
 https://www.facebook.com/events/390003801597538/ 
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Sun May 19th, Noon-4pm 
The Mudpuddle Shop
Song Swap & Etch A Sketch Art at The Mudpuddle Shop 
This Sunday in Downtown Niles, Noon-4pm, the Mudpuddle Shop hosts an afternoon song swap and jam. Pickers and listeners welcome anytime. Drop a few bucks in the baskets. Musicians, listeners, gardeners, art lovers, foodies, and fans, the town will be hopping. Hit The Mudpuddle Shop Noon-4pm for song swapping and I’ll have my original Etch A Sketch Art (the real toys not prints), up as part of Open Studios. Hit the Niles Spring Festival and Garden Tour 10am-3pm (downtown vendors, open studios, and a map to showcasing gardens around our neighborhood). Hit Federico's new Brunch service and an all-day music line up Noon-5pm. Pick or listen, digest your brunch, wander town, play til the cows go home. The other doings in town on Sunday are easy to walk to from The Mudpuddle Shop, 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/590816511429118
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Sun May 19th, 10am-3pm 
Annual Niles Spring Festival & Garden Walk.
Includes The Niles Garden Tour, vendors all over town, Open Studios, visit local shops, restaurants and historical spots like the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, the 1900s Niles Train Depot, and the California Nursery Historical Park. Some of the gardens will also feature local artwork and quilts. Most of it is free, but you need a $20 map to visit the many neighborhood yards on display. (cheaper maps are $15 in adv, visit the niles.orgsite). 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1453830834767630/ 
www.niles.org 
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Sun May 19th, Noon-5pm
Federico's Brunch and all day Music Line-Up.
Between the jamming and swapping at the Mudpuddle Shop, at about 1:15, McNevin will skip over to Federico's for a 1:25-1:55 set on their patio. Rob Cassidy is currating that line up, and an RSVP for Brunch then, or before, is a good idea. OR - just drop in for a more casual mimosa or beer at the patio bar, no RSVP required for that. The Federico's Music Line-Up runs Noon-5pm. RSVP for a food seat is wise, brunch seating limited, filling up fast. Patio bar is more casual, but may also be thick too, pop in and find out. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/451138075647191/ 
Here's the Federico's Lineup. 
Noon: Kick Off Toast, Rob Cassidy hosts
12:15: Steve Burch & Duane Andrews
12:50: Alexandra Christ 
1:25: Michael McNevin 
2:00: Gary Oliveira 
2:35: Bob Peek 
3:10: EMC (Robert Cassidy Jeff Carr Joe Melchior III) 
4:00: Flynn Martin (Eileen Bell, Dave Peterson) 
4:50: Gratitude catch 
NOTE: While McNevin hosts the Mudpuddle Jam in the middle of town, he also plays at Federico's for a 1/2 hour set, 2:25-2:55. A gang of Los Horribles musician friends and guests will likely be holding down the fort at the Puddle till he gets back. If not, the shop will close for 30 minutes during McNevin's jaunt over to the Federico's stage, at the end of town. Federico's is near the corner of Niles Blvd and J St, next to the carwash. 
NOTE: If it does rain, or if the Noon-5 Federico's brunch musician line-up and diners need to free up seats and tables for more Federico's brunch service, folks are welcome to hit the Mudpuddle as a 2nd roof and 'green room' option before or after your brunch or music set. Do RSVP with Federico's, and make a day of it. 
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May 23-26, all day and night. 
Memorial Day Weekend! 
10th Annual Woodflock Festival 
Tent & Car Camping, RVs, Cabins, and nearby motels. 
Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours
Also Feat: McNevin & McClelllan, Sourdough Slim,
Rachel Garlin, Late For The Train. 
Camp Tehama Campground, Mill Creek, CA, 
40550 Highway 172, Mill Creek, CA 96061
NOTE: The fest has moved from the old Red Bluff site up to cooler and nicer digs! 
https://unhitched.com/woodflock-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/2044552912512799/
Campers, RVers, flamingo heads. Memorial Day Weekend outside of Chico, at the edge of Lassen National Park, is a thing called "WoodFlock". It's an "Aluminum Oasis", as it were :). Full of fans and "Flamingoheads" of the famous and friendly Trailer Park Troubadours Band. Antsy McClain and band headline, with a cool smattering of songwriters adding to the evening shows and workshops. This is McNevin & McCellan's 3rd year playing it. The one and only Sourdough Slim is also on the roster this year, a CLASSIC yodeling cowboy savant. New guests for the line up include Rachel Garlin and "Late For The Train" (Laura Benson and Dave Pascoe). Pickers and listeners populate the campground for music making, workshopping a bit, writing a bit, jamming, swapping, and cribbage matches of course. Includes a chili cook-off Sat night, crafts, and a campsite decorating contest, BYO Pink Flamingos. A nice mix of mischief, lazy afternoons, folk and friendship under the trees with about 150-200 folks. Intimate, affordable, great group breakfast and dinners included. Easy to get in and set up with cars, tents, trailers and RVs, and cabins to grab too (no extra charge, first come first serve). Family friendly. No pets. 
NOTE: Cabins available at no extra $ - First come first serve, might wanna message Antsy to grab one if it's imperative. Good community meals included. 
NOTE: We can now arrive early on Thursday if we wanna, it's all good, so make a 4-day weekend out of it and avoid some of that getaway Friday traffic! 
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Sat June 8th, 7:30
Winnsboro, TX
Winnsboro Center for the Arts
Michael McNevin in Concert 
The Bowery Stage 
200 Market St. 
Winnsboro, TX 75494
7:30 PM – 10:30
$15-22
FB Event Page for more info: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/374074879863865/
Visit their website at www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com
Contact them: 903-342-686 or by email at wca.artscenter@gmail.com
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Sun June 9th, 4pm
Dallas, TX
House Concert at Kendra's place
Michael McNevin in concert. 
Meet & Greet and light snacks at 4pm, 
Concert at 5pm. 
$ and Locale TBA, contact McNevin, and get an RSVP going with Kendra. 
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Gigs and Stuff from "before", or "long ago", random read below... 

I've got a kind of sideways palm tree selfie picture, taken in Maui a few years ago, in Sara and Andy Ridinger's front yard. I remember when they planted the tree, which was way more years than a few ago...  now it's a very tall nod to the show in Carpinteria at P