Hey Texas, PA, NJ, NY, and Florida, and friendswith friends in those places. Playing a TX trip in late January in Kerrville and San Antonio, includes a a live audience taping of the new "Music & Conversation" TV show (similar format to "Actors Studio" tv series). That starts at 7pm, it's free, at Schreiner University. Come on down and be a part of the studio audience. Also playing San Antonio shows with pal Claude Butch Morgan & The Blast. Then Mid February off to FLA & PA & NY & NJ, with Tom Prasada-Rao in Ft Lauderdale, Gregg Cagno in Philly, doing a Dan Hayes hosted HC in upstate NY, and a birthday House Concert for Arpie in Plainfield NJ. All the details are below if you scroll.
Before all the important gig info below, here's some trivia: Cagno played The Mudpuddle Shop in Niles last month as part of a 50th birthday celebration for himself surfing many of our prime beaches in NoCal. He's surfed all his life, on the beaches of NJ. Who knew? The House concert in Upstate NY is hosted by none other than Dan Hayes, who used to book The Night Eagle, one of my very favorite concert spaces in the North East. Fond memories in the upstate NY dairy land hamlets of Oxford, Sherberne, Cooperstown, Ithaca. Arpie puts on a wonderful series in Plainfield, and this time it's HIS birthday celebration. We could surf? Or just drink coffee and watch surfers. Arpie makes a mean cup of high end coffee, with an official shingle that reads something like this: AHRRE'S COFFEE ROASTERY, "AHRRE'S IS FRESHER THAN THEIRS", AKA Ahrre Maros, Ahrre's Coffee, aka Arpie. He caffeinates many folks all over NJ & NY with his coffees, and the best of his beans can be delivered to you in California or Texas or anywhere else. It has been 15 years TO THE DAY that I was gigging in Phoenixville PA, during snow falls that broke records from 1902, I was up and down the eastern seaboard running from the snow. Every town I played; DC, Philly, NYC, got a foot and half on it the day after I left. All my gigs were good, and my travels NORTH helped me escape this Mid Atlantic blast. I landed at Sonny Oaks place on the Monday after the NYC gig, helped her shovel her driveway and walks for two straight days at her in the Catskills, dubbed "Winter Work Camp For Wayward Californians". I wrote a Valentin'es Day themed song titled "Phoenixville" at the beginning of that trip in the attic guest room above a thrift store down the street from Steel City Coffeehouse outside of Philly. This upcoming trip, I'll play the same song, on Feb 13th, the day I wrote it 15 years ago, in a thrift store in Swarthmore PA, outside of Philly. My old soccer goalie Andy and his wife Amy will be in attendance, whom I have not seen since maybe my soccer playing days, from the 80s', our team was The Blasters, and we had quite a run during the old Lyons Brewery Depot bar gig days. Andy was the goalie till he broke his hand. Speaking of Blast. Had a great time in San Antonio this past weekend playing with Butch Morgan & The Blast, his 80's band, and caught many of his other friends around San Antonio. What a cool town and community. At Sanchos, I followed the Arturo "Sauce" Gonzalez blues band, a revered talented gang of gentleman banging out some great blues. I played a mini-set, then it was Butch and The Blast, with Go Go on drums and Robar on bass. They did their 80s band reunion show, a classic originals kick in the ass only Butch and his unique playing and writing could create. (Mudpuddlers, fear not, Butch is coming to CA to get Muddy, sooner or later, hell or high water). We also had a packed comfy cosy concert at Butch & Barbara's house in Devine TX. San Antonio has lots of nooks and crannies for live music, and Devine has Butch.
Turn off the TV (unless you'er watching the taped TX show somehow), and come out to a show somewhere. Rooting for east coast sunshine in mid Feb. ~ Michael.
TX, FL, PA, NY, NJ Show details below.
Jan 26, 9pm in San Antonio with buddy Butch Morgan & The Blast at Sancho's. Reunion shows for The Blast, including a 7pm opening set with Sauce Gonzalez and the West Side band, piano and horns and guitars and rhythem section, a bunch of revered S.A. blues gents doing a two hour set, with McNevin after that for a solo set, then Butch and Blast on till about Midnight.
Jan 27th, 6pm House Concert at Butch And Barbara's in Devine TX, about 35 minutes outside of San Antonio.
Jan 28th, 7pm. Kerrville, TX at Schreiner University "Music & Conversation"In the Junkin Campus Ministry Center- Rodman Steele Recital Hall. 2100 Memorial Blvd Kerrville, TX. Free to the public, show up and be part of the studio audience.
Feb 6-10 in Ft Lauderdale, at South Florida Folk Fest hangin with Tom Prasada-Rao and Susan Moss and the whole Broward Folk Club tribe. Will be sitting in with TPR for a Friday house concert north of Ft Lauderdale, then romping around the festival together. Ping Mike if you want info on the HC above Ft Lauderdale.
Feb 13-17 in PA, NJ, NY:
Feb 13th, 7pm. Philly PA area. War3House3. A very hip thrift store & concert space in the Swarthmore area (sounds like The Mudpuddle Shop's big brother!). In addition to a bunch of new songs, I will be playing "Phoenixville", on the very day of it's writing Feb 13th, 2005, it's 15th anniversary, writing in this very neck of the woods outside of Philly. Apropos! Expect that Gregg Cagno makes a cameo appearance at this show too. RSVP with Rob: 610-328-3280, firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-Ups welcome, seats about 70?
Fri Feb 14th. Philly, PA Jarrettown Hotel - 1425 Limekiln Pike, in Dresher, PA. Playing with old pal Gregg Cagno. I expect to play Valentine's Day themed song "Phoenixville", and, possibly some Bread. haha! Really happy to be back in the neighborhood to play that one, and share tunes with Cagno. Contact Gregg for the details on either option: (267) 607-9172 & email@example.com. it's at a hotel, with a large Italian restaurant and a decent sized bar, to eat on Valentines day it is probably a very good idea to RSVP a table near the music or in the bar, go to the site. jarrettownrestaurant.com
Sat Feb 15th. Oxford NY House Concert at Dan & Lisa's place. Arrive at 5 or 5:30 to mingle, food, show. Could also have an after swap if enough musicians fill the place. Dan's my old friend who used to book The Night Eagle, one of my very favorite concert spaces in the North East. Fond memories of upstate NY there and around there. They will put out food (GF & vegan), along with wine, beer, teas and coffee. Not sure how much extra room they'll have by concert time, so ping Dan early to RSVP. firstname.lastname@example.org. 607 743 4118
Sun Feb 16th. Plainfield NJ. Arpie Maros "Evergreen House Concerts" Series Tix here: https://mcnevin.eventbrite.com and email Arpie here: email@example.com It's Arpie's Birthday! We've known each other forever, this is my first time at his place. He puts on a wonderful series, and makes a mean cup of high end coffee. The Eventbrite ticket link above helps you get to the concert, and this link gets you to the octane beans: http://www.ahrre.com
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