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McNevin Nov & Dec 2019 Gigs in NoCal - Sebastopol, Nile Cafe St Nicks Benefit, Puddle Shows, Salons, Jams, and NYE Mud Bash - November 29, 2019

Hey Bay! Fun stuff coming up in Nov and Dec. At The Bistro in Hayward Sat Nov 23rd with the fabulous Keller Sisters, Kathy Ray, Maurice Tani, and ole pal Phil Bennett of Starship sitting in too. A Sunday 11/24 cameo in SF on Sunday for Paul Griffith's CD release at Lost Church in the Mission. The rest of November and December is a muddy season,TON of songwriter stuff in Niles at the Mudpuddle Shop as regular Wednesday songwriter salons begin Dec 4, 11, 18, and a Dec 1st Rose Valley Thorns concert. Our 10th Annual St Nicks Of Niles benefit show is Sun Dec 8th at The Nile Cafe just down the street. Sat Dec 14th I head to the north bay for a special Sebastopol "In The Round" house concert hosted by Emily Lois. We'll be sending 2019 out with a couple between holiday song swaps on Dec 28th & 29th at the puddle, and the annual NYE Bash too. See you out somewhere, probably in a hat! Keep an ear and eye out for more FB event pages coming out on the various concerts and puddle swaps and doings. Most Mudpuddle concerts are followed by swaps so bring your instruments, or borrow a guitar, or just listen. Most Nov and Dec gatherings are family friendly, invite your out-of-town visitors, escape the living room and the football games for an hour or two. RSVP to Mike for the puddle stuff: 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. If you want to bring your own large gang down to the puddle, write Mike to set something up: 
~ Happy Muddy. Mike.
Below are the basics in a list, and below that are more details of each Nov and Dec gathering.  

Sat Nov 23, 3-6pm in Hayward at The Bistro w/ McNevin & The Keller Sisters & other special guests.
 Sun Nov 24, 4pm in SF at Lost Church, CD release show for Paul Griffiths & Other Guests.
 Fri Nov 29, 6-10 in Niles, Annual Mudpuddle Parade & Jam.
 Sun Dec 1st, 7pm Mudpuddle Shop w/ The Rose Valley Thorns.
 Dec 4th, Dec 11th, Dec 18th - Wednesday Songwriter Salon Series at The Mudpuddle (Jam & Song Swap, Works In Progress, McNevin & The Spokes).
 Sun Dec 8th, 5-9pm St Nick's Of Niles 10th Annual Benefit Bash at The Nile Cafe.
 Sat Dec 14, 7pm in Sebastopol an In The Round House Concert.
 Sat & Sun Dec 28 & 29, 2-5pm. Mudpuddle Afternoon Holiday Hangouts.
 Tues Dec 31st, 9-midnight, NYE At The Mudpuddle.


Sat Nov 23, 3-6pm in Hayward at The Bistro. 

Michael McNevin & The Keller Sisters & Friends. I been playng ths place since i was underage! Playing for fun, playing with freinds, it’s a holiday extravabeerza and variety show with Cobillers the Keller Sisters and McNevin, with cameos by Maurice Tani, Kathy Ray, Phil Bennett & others. Drop in anytime, it is Free to get in. We’ll be passing a basket. 1001 B Street, Hayward CA 

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Sun Nov 24, 4pm in SF at The Lost Church.

CD Release Show for Paul Griffiths & his band, with special guest songwriters Jim Bruno, Aireene Espiritu, Michael McNevin, Others.

McNevin kicks of the show with a couple songs, don’t blink! In the heard of the Mission District, on Capp St. a couple blocks from the 16th and Mission Bart station. Get your tickets in advance! 


Fri Nov 29, 6-10 in Niles, Annual Mudpuddle Parade Jam. 

 The Annual Niles Tree Lighting Parade & Puddle Jam! 6-7pm. Prime view of Niles Blvd Parade on puddle sidewalk. 7-10pm. $10-20 sliding donation. Mudpuddle Shop jam & song swap. RSVP or just show up. 37433 NIles Blvd Fremont CA. No RSVP needed to stand on the Sidewalk. Bunch of seats and standing room outside, then we head back inside for music after parade (7:30?).  Over 60 floats, horses, dancers, motorcyles, vintage fire engines and cars, big baloons, and Santa on a sleigh. Several thousand neighbors and freinds line the sidewalk. Mayberry magic. We’ll pick tunes in round robin jam style, but could also run it with a showcase vibe at times. All welcome, throw $10-20 bucks in the donation baskets.  NOTE: They close Niles Blvd in downtown about 3pm. Parking in the neighborhood after about 4:30 becomes difficult. Lots of parking does open up again afer the parade is over. The Niles Canyon Railway will also begin it’s Train Of Lights night runs through Niles Canyon. Great view of 15 real vintage train cars all lit up. We usually have hot chocolate and schnapps, byo beverage of your choice. 


Sun Dec 1st, 7pm in Niles at The Mudpuddle Shop. 

 The Rose Valley Thorns from Ojai/Santa Barbara, this trio are some of my favorite new folks on the music scene. Great pickers, lyrics and songs, twists and turns they land on their feet. They inject progressive bluegrass and modern folk and harmonies into a unique song soup. They were a 'Venue's Choice' showcase act at the recent FAR-west conference down in Woodland Hills. They'll do a 50 minute feature set, followed by a Sunday night jam and song swap with the Thorns and any local pickers who want to sit (Los Horribles!). With the Thorns on mandolin guitar and upright bass, the aferjam alone could be worth the price of admission.  Play till the cows go home. it's the Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend, so hopefully you'll have some midnight oil to burn. This might sell out, get your RSVPs in early! 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA, walk-ups welcome to open seats. $15-20 sliding donation. RSVP to or at this event page - 


 Dec 4th, Dec 11th, Dec 18th in Niles at The Mudpuddle. 

 Wednesday Songwriter Salons + Tunes & Trucks (the food trucks come to the Niles Plaza, if you want to dine low budget. Starting a new regular Wednesday night gathering. Depending  on the day and the gathering focus - part open mic, part out-of-towner showcasing, with workshops and concert nights. For December, Dec 4th will be an Open Mic with one or two “featured guest” sets (including Phil Bennett!), come one come all. December 11th will be a Songwriters “Works In Progress” song swap, bring your original songs to share, finished or unfinished. Dec 18th will be a McNevin & The Spokes Concert. These 1st 2nd and 3rd Wednesday nights will then repeat into January and beyond through 2020, as the crow flies. 


 Sun Dec 8th, 5-9pm St Nick’s Of Niles 10th Annual Benefit Bash at The Nile Cafe. 

 Drop in anytime between 5-9, 121 I St, Fremont CA. Enjoy lots of local live music, wine and beer provided. $20 goes toward The Giving Hope Program of Fremont, Benefiting our less fortunate neighbors. The Nile Café is transformed into an intimate bistro of acoustic music, showcases, music, comedy, low lights, and complimentary wine & mulled cider. Enjoy a loose and often hilarious variety show with Michael McNevin and The Spokes, Los Horribles, and other local Niles talent. Every year we try to raise awareness and cash for the "Giving Hope" program, providing gift cards and holiday baskets for Fremont's less fortunate families and seniors along with their pet companions. Bring your giving spirit and smiles, it’s a blast.  Come as you are, hang with the locals, have a blast, and help a neighbor in need. Hope to see you at The Nile Cafe, is 1/2 a block from the flagpole in town, and about two blocks from The Mudpuddle Shop. The Nile Cafe is at 121 I St, Fremont, CA. (510) 791-6049. FB Event page to share and invite:


Sat Dec 14, 7pm in Sebastopol an In The Round House Concert. 

 Feat: Sarah Larkin, Michael McNevin, Callie Watts Dilbeck, Rick Hardin. Four Singer-Songwriters “In The Round”. $20. 707.292.3992. Doors at 6pm, show 7-9:30pm. 911 Midpine Way, Sebastopol, CA. Seats 60 max. Bring a snack to share and beverage of your choice! Produced by Emily Lois: & LMHouseConcerts.

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 Sat & Sun Dec 28 & 29. Mudpuddle Holiday Hangouts.

 Between the big XMas and NYE holidays is the most mudderful time of the year. Afternoon jams and swaps. Train Of Lights are still runing, opportune times to make some music in the mud in downtown Niles. We’ll shoot for Sat Eve and Sun Afternoon Dec 28 & 29. This also allows for a McNevin cameo earlier that Sat Dec 28 at The Bistro when Sandi & The Rockerfellers start their 4th Saturday afternoon series there. It'll be a like a progressive music dinner without food


 Tues Dec 31st, 9-midnight, NYE At The Mudpuddle.

 Lots of music making and messing around, along with a few boa’s, cardboard NYE hats, champagne, with renditions of Auld Lang Syne, originals by McNevin, Los Horribles, and covers too, it’s a party. We’ll roll out the muddy carpet but come as you are. Seats about 25, walk-ups are welcome to crash it anytime too - it’s a party, we can make room. Some sidewalk hang area is ok too. Musicians bring your instruments. $10-20 sliding donation. And an RSVP with Mike secures you a seat: info@michaelcnevincom. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 

McNevin in Ann Arbor Sat Oct 26th 2019 - October 25, 2019

hi Ann Arbor! Michael McNevin is at Johnny's Speakeasy, Sat Oct 26th, 8pm. The wonderful Emily Rose opens. It's a house concert in a real prohibition basement speakeasy, a funky, cool, warm listening room. Best unkept secret in Ann Arbor. Seats about 40. If you know folks in the Ann Arbor & Detroit area, send them to Johnny: 734-665-6383 or 

FB Oct 26th Concert Event Page:

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Jonny's FB Venue Page:

Teaser for Saturday night concert goers at Johnny's Speakeasy, a Facebook Live clip of Michael McNevin playing a couple songs, “Aluminum Oasis” and “Get Me Outa Here”:  

- Also, songwriters may want to check out Lambs Retreat in Northern MI. Happening Oct 31st to Nov 10th. Most attend one or the other weekend, and another bunch do the whole 10 days. 45 writers of all levels, plus pro artists in residence, populate the property. It's filled this  including Special guests Michael Smith, Anne Hills, Joel Mabus, Ray Bonneville, Claudia Schmidt, Pierce Pettis, Joshua Davis, Julianne Ankley, Chris Buhalis, Olivia Millerschin. It's at the tip of the 3rd finger of "The Mitt", in Harbor Springs MI.

McNevin in Nashville, Sept 2019 - September 25, 2019


McNevin in Nashville, end of September:

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.
Hi muddy muds! 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



Bandit Juaquin Murrieta & Niles & Livermore, plus Sept 2019 Gigs - August 29, 2019

Hey muddy muds! 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:

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!

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.

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.

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: or by cell at (415) 384-1395.
EventBrite Tix Link:
Here's a FB event page for it too for a more informal way of checking in with me on it.

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, 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.  (Personal FB Page) (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.


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, Juaquin 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... 
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 Juaquin Murrietta. Our local Niles "Clampers" chapter are actually named for Juaquin Murrieta, the famous Mexican Gold Rush bandit. 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 Juaquin 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 Juaquin, and finally caught up with him and four of the other gang of bandits down by Fresno. They were sure they had killed Juaquin, 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 Juaquin'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 Siera 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 Juaquin 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 Juaquin 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 (he also inspired the stories of Zorro). They 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.

Aug Gigs in WA and CA, Fall & Winter in TN, MI, TX, NY, NJ, CA - August 1, 2019

Hey muddy muds and map crawlers! 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 in Fall and Winter 2019/20 will take me to TN, MI, TX, NJ, 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.  

Aug 11th, 4pm
Martinez CA 
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


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 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:
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:, 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 for more details and the adress.

McNevin Spring 2019, Niles, WoodFlock, and Texas In June - May 18, 2019

More McNevin Gigs, Spring 2019

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. 
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:
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. 
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). 
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. 
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. 
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! 
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! 
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
FB Event Page for more info: 
Visit their website at
Contact them: 903-342-686 or by email at
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. 



McNevin Gigs the rest of Spring 2019 - April 26, 2019

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 Palm Loft Gallery this Sunday night. Not sure how Arturo got the picture to use it for the gig cover photo, but it works. Did you know that the Niles CA Nursery, was the largest tree nursery west of the Mississippi at one time? Niles nursery propagated palm trees all over the state, we are THE REASON southern CA is covered with palm trees. Niles even provided the trees to the Pan American World's Fair in SF in 1918. It also let people see Redwoods for the first time. People back east didn't believe they were real, that the pictures were fake.

Keep reading below for a buncha Spring gigs around the state of CA, then it's off to Texas in June. Not a lot of palm trees there. Great festival in Kerrville though.

Some of the CA gig cobillers include: Late For The Train, Dolly and Laura Ramirez, Arturo Tello, Antsy McClain & The Trailerpark Troubadours, Sandi & The Rockerfellers, Emily Lois, Patrick McClellan, Rachel Garlin, Sourdough Slim, The Gin Blossoms, Brad Colerick, Tisa Adamson, JJ Schoch, and others. Starts this Sat and Sun with Van Nuys, South Pasadena, and Carpinteria, then Soquel/Santa Cruz, Fremont, and Woodflock. Got a new rough CD in tow, burned on the old Mac, casually calling it "The White Albume". Written on with a sharpie, and misspelled so as not to be confused with The Beatles. Get Muddy. 
Happy Spring ~ Michael.


Sat April 27th, 3pm
Van Nuys, CA
Yard Concert and Bday Bash at Dolly's.
Michael McNevin 3pm set
Late For The Train 4pm set. 
Open mic and potluck starts at 1:30. events/2171704386228664/
At the home of Dolly Ramirez (of Coolhouse Band fame). This will be a bash, packed with musicians and freinds, including cobillers Late For The Train (Laura Benson & Dave Pascoe, also from NoCal). DOUBLES as a birthday bash for songwriter pal and Dolly's sister Laura Ramirez! A veritable songwriter fiesta. Some of the partyers will also be caravaning up to the Eclectic Festival in South Pasadena (McNevin plays a set at 8pm, indoors at Simplee Boba, with the Gin Blossoms headlining the outdoor main stage right after that. 


Sat April 27th, 8pm 
South Pasadena, CA 8pm.
The Eclectic Festival (FREE!) 
Happens all over South Pasadena.
McNevin does a 45 minute set
At "Simplee Boba" cafe
954 Mission St South Pasadena, CA lineup-2019/
South Pasadena's Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl is a 3-10pm town-wide thing, with a diverse musical line up. The Gin Blossoms headline. 40+ acts performing at multiple stages and venues all over town. Free to attend. Everyone welcome! 


Sun April 28th, 6-9pm. 
Carpinteria, CA 
The Palm Loft Gallery.
410 Palm Ave, Loft A-1, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
Arturo: (805) 729-6029 events/1164894480350198/
McNevin concert, an open mic and potluck kicks it off, song swap afterward. Gathering of musical friends, listeners, art lovers. It's also a life celebration, some of the open mic performers will play songs in honor of local friend Bill Lanphar, who passed away recently (contact Arturo to get on the performer list). The gallery will also be full of Arturo's own Mother's beautiful artwork, who also passed recently - Kasandra Martell 1925-2019, "A Life Of Painting". The place will be bubbling with art, soul, spirit, celebration. 


Fri May 3rd, 7:30pm. 
Soquel, CA 
Ugly Mug Cafe
Fiddling Cricket & Canyon Acoustic Society Presents 
Michael McNevin in Concert. 
Doors at 7pm. Tickets $18 adv / $20 door
4640 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
Contact Fiddling Cricket at 408 499 9441
or for RSVP/INFO. events/648639128894079/
Been playing this wonderful series for a lotta years, great group of friends and vibe and regulars who appreciate this intimate stage. 


Sat May 4th, 7-9pm.
Fremont, CA 
Brask House Concert Series at Mission Coffee. 
151 Washington Blvd, Fremont, CA. 
$15, doors at 6:30, walk-ups welcome. 
For info/RSVP, Wayne & Sue Brask: 
510-623-6920 events/881091952222527/
Hey Niles, hey Fremont. This concert is a solo thang, two sets, new songs and deeper cuts. Big stage with a baby grand, lights and sound, comfy place, couches and tables, elbow room. Wayne and Sue Brask hosts this long running listening series, they got their marbles together. Invite your neighbors. Mission Coffee is in the Mission San Jose district of Fremont, four miles south of Niles. Possible after-hang at The Mudpudle Shop? 


Fri May 10th, 8-11pm
Hayward, CA 
The Bistro 
Sandi & The Rockerfellers band night. 
McNevin sits in between band sets.
1001 B St, Hayward CA 
Always a fun night with these wonderful friends and musicians. McNevin tosses in a short set or two between the main band sets. Show up anytime, it does tend to fill up though, so early birds get the chairs and stools. 


Sun May 12th, 2-5pm
NIles, CA
Mudpuddle Shop 
Mothers Day with Emily Lois & Others. 
Songwriter CD release for Emily. 
Plus other cameos by "Pilgrim Chair" artists "In The Round". 
A mother-friendly afternoon in the mud! 
37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 
Walk-ups welcome, and RSVPs are also a good idea.
Contact Mike to hold a seat: events/2065451473748151


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! woodflock-2/ 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!


Armando's in Martinez April 13th with McNevin & McClellan and The Keller Sisters Band - April 10, 2019


This Saturday Night in Martinez! McNevin & McClellan are stoked to join our buddies The Keller Sisters Band for a cobill at Armandos. The Kellers are bringing a couple slingers with them, Terry Hiatt on lead guitar and Scot Larsen on bass, their inaugural voyage as a band. McNevin brings pal Patrick McCellan on upright bass and vocals. McNevin has a burn of new songs in the offering, it's white, written on with a sharpie, and misspelled as "The White Albume" so as not to be confused with The Beatles. Armandos is a wonderful woody Americana listening club, great acoustics, seating, vibe, history. The kind of place an artist hopes to play again, if you get the drift :-). This one leads to the next one, keeps the thang thriving. If you haven't been there already, time to discover Armandos. From wherever you harken, share the night with us, gonna be sweet! Check the cool poster below created by Mississippi Mike! Rumor has it we'll have some signed editions of it available, kind of like a Jefferson Airplane thing, only different. 

Sat April 13th, 8-10pm
Martinez, CA 
The Keller Sisters Band 
McNevin & McClellan 
$15 Tix in advance, or at the door. 
RSVP by phone: (925) 228-6985 
707 Marina Vista Ave Martinez, CA 94553 
Artist and Venue Web Sites: 

McNevin in a living room: "Aluminum Oasis" & "Get Me Outa Here": 
More about the artists: 
"The honey-warm harmonies and slice-of-life charm of the Keller Sisters' debut EP Shine recalls the days of summers past. Siblings Sheryl and Kerry have produced a heartfelt collection of folk music, one that also reveals the influence of the Beatles and classic country music. The opening track, the witty "Hillbilly Blond," struts with Bonnie Raitt-styled swagger and trailer-park spunk. The song's locomotive beat and blistering harmonica add to the smoke left in its path. "Can't Believe My Luck" veers toward the Keller Sisters' Americana side, back-to-basics country without the Nashville cheese "..
Stacey Zering ..
No Depression - The Americana Roots Authority
"  Americana delivered with just the right amount of carefree sass "
 - Richard Rice .. SF Live Arts 

California songwriter Michael McNevin grew up in the train town of Niles, CA. His songs read like short stories. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and places he comes across in his travels. He is a winner of the Kerrville New-Folk award in Texas, a "DYI Artist Of The Year" for Performing Songwriter Magazine, and is a 8-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters "Song Of The Year" award. He's shared the bill with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, Richie Havens and many others. 

"I don't know what's best about 'Sketch' - Michael McNevin's music or his Etch-A-Sketch drawings that accompany each song. McNevin is a singer songwriter of the highest order..."
~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine 
"Secondhand Story" is an evocative peek into a stranger's life."
~ Chicago Tribune 
"...heard you on the KFOG acoustic Sunday morning show ...bagging groceries and an Etch-A-Sketch. Two of my historical accomplishments .. dig the tunes " 
~ Tony Bennett

Michael McNevin Live in Winnsboro Texas, "Silver Hair":  



March Tour 2019 McNevin & Heimann & Brown - March 7, 2019


Friends! Ten days of troubadouring with McNevin & Heimann & Brown, starting this Friday March 8th 2019, in Livermore at The Bothwell Arts Center, followed by several more NoCal triple bills in Mendocino, Roseville, Niles, San Rafael, and live radio performances on KPIG and KZYX. Gigs through St. Paddy's day, details below! 

Angie Heimann & Jay Brown 
of The Appalachians from Asheville, NC, take to the road with Niles troubadour Michael McNevin, slinging songs and swag. The latest CD effort from The Appalucians is "Bright Hills", and will be on the merch table along with Angie and Jay's other solo and band projects. McNevin will have several of his titles available too, plus a special demo of 10 new tunes, temporarily titled "White Albume" (the faulty spelling helps differentiatethe McNevin white computer disc burn from with The Beatles actual "White Album"... McNevin writes on the white disc burn with a sharpie... it's a thing). The concerts will split short 3-4 song solo sets, then bring them together for a healthy dose of "In The Round" camaraderie. The tunesmiths will share harmonies, soloing, and stories, and occasionally add another friend on select bills - Patrick McClellan will be Mike's duo partner for the Roseville show, Gwyneyth Moreland joins them as a fourth songwriter on the Caspar bill, Laura and Dave will add fiddle and mandolin and harmony, and a tune or two of theirs, to the San Rafael show

So, this FRIDAY we kick it all off in Livermore at The Bothwell Arts Center. Hope to see you there! Or, at them other ones in this list. 
~ Michael  
Fri 3/8, 7:30      - Livermore at The Bothwell Arts Center
                          (50 seats, but may fill up?)

Sat 3/9, 6pm      - Niles Canyon Mobile Home Estates "ClubHouse"
                          (Way more room than the puddle ... luxury!)   

Sun 3/10, 11am  - Live on KPIG with Sleepy John (107.5 FM) 
                          (listen online at 

Sun 3/10, 6pm   - Roseville at The McClellan's 
                          (Sold out!)  

Wed 3/13, 7pm  - San Rafael HC at Dave and Laura's 
                          (of "Late For The Train" duo fame)  

Sat 3/16, 10am  - Mendocino, Live On-Air on KZYX.  
                          (yawwn with us, online at

Sat 3/16, 7pm   -  Caspar Community Center, 
                          (radio-sponsored, Mendocino's KZYX).  

Sun 3/17 4pm.   - Niles at The Mudpuddle Shop    
                          (St. Paddy's Day Song Swap, casual). 
Exact details below. Scroll further for artist bios, websites, youtube links.
Fri March 8th, 7:30pm 
Livermore, CA.
Bothwell Arts Center. 
McNevin & Heiman & Brown in concert. 
Music and art friends Duane and Linda host a songwriter triple bill at the Bothwell Arts Center. RSVP is recommended, Walk-Ups are welcome to open seats at showtime, definitely worth a try. Contact Duane to RSVP: (925) 518-9990 Seats about 50 in a bistro set up, 70 max. Light snacks and refreshments provided. Bring an adult beverage of choice if desired. Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30, ends about 9:30. Suggested donation is 15-20. To read more about the show, the artists, and to join and share with your FB friends, here's the FB Event Page:
Sat March 9th, 6pm. 
Niles, CA. 
Niles Canyon Mobile Home Estates Clubhouse. 
McNevin & Heiman & Brown in concert. 
Plenty of room in "The Clubhouse", RSVP or join us as a walk up. Indie-Folk originals, short solo sets then some "In The Round" swapping as an impromptu trio, harmonies, multi-instrumental surprises. Contact host Tom Smyth to RSVP: or call (408) 504-5597. The Niles Canyon Mobile Home Estates Clubhouse is a cool space, has ample parking, use the long entrance lot as you come through the gates then just walk to the clubhouse straight ahead. Located at 711 Old Canyon Rd, Fremont CA 94536. Tix: $15-20. Invite and Share with your freinds too, at the FB Event Page:
Sun March 10th, 11:30am. 
Monterey Bay Radio
Live on KPIG with Sleepy John 
"Please Stand By" Guests,  
McNevin & Heiman & Brown. 
107.5 FM 
(On the air in Freedom, Monterey, and down to SLO) 
Listen Live Online Anywhere!
Sun March 10th, 6pm. (SOLD OUT!)  
Roseville, CA  
House Concert at The McClellan's. 
McNevin & McClellan Duo, and Heimann & Brown Duo.
It's now sold out, sorry! 
To add yourself to the wait list, contact Patrick:   
Wed March 13th, 7pm.  
San Rafael, CA  
House Concert at Dave & Laura's.  
McNevin & Heimann & Brown "In The Round". 
Dave & Laura host an intimate night of acoustic songs & stories at their place, 6:30pm-9:00pm. BYO adult beverage of choice. Some refreshments and snacks provided. Doors at 6:30pm, music at 7pm. Suggested donation is $10-20. Capacity is 25ish so please RSVP with Dave or Laura via Facebook Messenger or email - they'll send you the address once you've signed up. Email:  *Walk-ups welcome at showtime as capacity allows.* FB Event Page to be in touch and in tune:
Sat March 16th, 10am.  
Live on KZYX Radio. 
88.1 FM, 90.7 FM, 91.5 FM.  
Sat March 16th, 7-10pm 
Caspar Community Center 
15051 Caspar Rd, # 84, Caspar, CA 95420 
KZYX & Roots and All Live! 
With Angie Heimann, Michael McNevin, Jay Brown, Gwyneyth Moreland. 
KZYX and Roots & All Live! is proud to support the Singer-songwriter tradition with Four outstanding artists weaving their story-songs into a tapestry of lives lived. Angie Heimann, of the Blushin' Roulettes and The Appalucians, Jay Brown, of the Lazybirds, Shantavaani, and The Appalucians, Michael McNevin, Kerrville New-Folk winner and 8-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song of the Year, and Gwyneyth Moreland, member of the The Mendocino Quartet, Foxglove, and her new collaboration Marine Layer, will take the stage and share their stories for their only Mendocino coast performance. Might sell out? good idea to secure a seat with a note to the organizers and station. Walk ups are welcome, and here's the brown paper tickets, to secure ADV seats. 
The FB Event page also has details. 
Sun March 17th, 4-7pm. 
Niles, CA 
The Mudpuddle Shop
St. Paddy's Puddle Jam with Angie, Jay, Mike, & Friends, & Los Horribles. 
The finishing touch on this triple bill tour is a St. Paddy's Day Mudpuddle Shop hang on Sun 3/17, 4-7pm. It's loose. We'll have a thimble of green beer, swap tunes with the trio and "Los Horribles" friends too, then say goodbye to Angie and Jay as they roll out for a midnight flight back to Asheville. Listeners and pickers drop in anytime. McNevin is Irish... so maybe Message Mike to secure a seat. But it's a come and go policy for now. If it starts to look full, might implement a guest list. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA. 



Gigs to wind down 2018! - December 21, 2018

Wed Dec 26th 7pm
South Pasadena, CA 
Wine & Song at The Blue Room
At Arroyo Seco Golf Course Club House 
Featuring: Michael McNevin, Ted Russel Kamp, host Brad Colerick, + other special 1-2 song cameos guests. This is McNevin's 4th annual midweek holiday huff down to this sweet SoCal W&S Songwriter series. Didn't plan it that way, it just keeps happening! 

Adv tickets here. 
Walk-ups welcome!


Fri Dec 28th 7pm 
Carpinteria, CA 
Palm Loft Gallery
Michael McNevin in concert.
Includes some potluck food and a song swapping before and after the show with the other musicians coming down.

Palm Loft Gallery
410 Palm Ave. Loft A-1
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-9700
Arturo Tello Cell (805) 729-6029 


More about Wine & Song and the cobillers.

The Wednesday after Xmas McNevin visits the Wine & Song Songwriter series in South Pasadena, with feature acts Michael McNevin and Ted Russell Camp, plus other special guests. This is McNevin's 4th annual midweek holiday huff down to this sweet SoCal W&S series. Didn't plan it that way, it just keeps happening. The "Blue Guitar" room is inside the Arroyo Seco Golf Course, great music songwriter scene every Wednesday, Jazz every Thursday. (NOTE: listeners and musicians can bring a wedge and a putter for optional 5pm whack and walk on 9 holes of the 3-par course! Also... We *might* song swap camp out in the golf course lot after the show, if enough people want to RV/Tent/CarCamp - last time we only got two friendly visits from the police, they were very cool...)

More about the artists:  

Michael McNevin 
Songwriter Michael McNevin grew up in the train town of Niles, CA, in the hills of Fremont in the SF Bay Area. His songs read like short stories, full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and places he comes across in his travels. He started his career in the the bars of the SF East Bay, mixing in a six-month stint in New York City, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Michael has since logged 25 years on the U.S. songwriter circuit. His vivid brand of storytelling won the Kerrville New-Folk award in Texas, “DYI Artist Of The Year” nods from Performing Songwriter Magazine, and 7-time top honors for the West Coast Songwriters grand finals “Song Of The Year” award. He tours as a solo act, and occasionally gets a band together as McNevin & The Spokes. He's shared hall stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Utah Phillips, Christine Lavin, Richie Havens, Iris Dement, Greg Brown, The California Honeydrops, Ron Thompson, The T Sisters, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Rosanne Cash, Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe, and many of others on the US songwriter circuit. He’s been a main-stager at Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Redwood Ramble, American River, and Philly Folk Festivals. 

“I don’t know what’s best about ‘Sketch’ - Michael McNevin’s music or his Etch-A-Sketch drawings that accompany each song. McNevin is a singer songwriter of the highest order...”
~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Secondhand Story” is an evocative peek into a stranger’s life.”
~ Chicago Tribune

Ted Russell Kamp
Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based bass player, singer/songwriter and producer.
Ted writes, records and travels the world performing his own country / roots / Americana music from his ten critically-acclaimed albums. Ted also plays live, records sessions, and collaborates on songs with A-list songwriters and musicians in L.A., Nashville, Austin and around the world. Ted often works out of his home studio — The Den — and has produced several well-received albums for fellow artists there. Ted has also had the honor of being a friend, collaborator and member of Shooter Jennings’ band for most of the last 15 years.
Ted is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music — the decades he spent holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter, Jessi Colter, Whitey Morgan, Wilson Phillips and others have made sure Ted had the chops for anything from major festivals to David Letterman appearances.
The last few years have found Kamp focusing on his own career as well as touring and recording with Shooter. He tours continuously in the US and Europe, and has releasing his solo albums to critical acclaim. His records have debuted at #1 on the Euroamericana Chart and made the US Americana Chart’s Top 100 Records of the Year. The Big Takeover wrote, “Kamp simply knocks one ball after another out of the park…Saturated in talent and sincerity … good music done right.”
“… Terrific. Ted is a start on the rise … in the tradition of Guy Clark … An impressive record. …”
“… A talented singer-songwriter … with probing stories of real life, fueled by emotion, his poetic explanations are truly profound and deeply personal. His voice gets inside your bones … like John Prine with more air and less dirt … a riveting tour-de-force of an album….”

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

Gigs In Spring - 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.
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