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
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. https://www.facebook.com/brettperkinsDK
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 Perkins, Burton Jespersen, Ann-Sofie Rørsgaard, Maria Blom, Michael McNevin, Kiki Wow, and others. 1425 Munras Ave Monterey, CA 93940 Links for more gig and artist info: http://kikiwow.com/reSho.asp?lEID=3313&dBegin=1/10/2015&cEv=E' , 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
"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 Arts Center w/ Lynn Adler, Lindy Hearne, Michael McNevin
Sat Jan 17th 8pm
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: http://www.wylieconcerts.com & https://www.facebook.com/events/825205597545022/
Sun Jan 18th (7pm-ish?)
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
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
Private House Concert, info TBA.
Sat Jan 31st
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.
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.