In the Community

The Mudpuddle Shop

Now in it's 18th year, The Mudpuddle Shop is Michael's creative hive in downtown Niles. Next to the Edison Silent Film Theater, it was an 1880s pharmacy, then a 1920s barbershop. It remained a barbershop until Michael turned it into music space. He's hosted 200+ songwriter concerts, and 500+ swaps and jams, along with workshops and community hangouts. When Mike is not elsewhere gigging, the Mudpuddle opens it's doors to the arts and creativity.  Local creations and garage sale finds adorn the walls, including Michael's original Etch A Sketch Drawings.  

Located at 37433 Niles Blvd. in Fremont, CA. To visit the shop, or to ‘borrow’ the shop, or to hear about upcoming jams and concerts, email Mike:

Pacific Songwriting Camp

Pacific Songwriting Camp is once again ON in Cambria, CA! Join us on the California Coast this Jan 18-21, 2024. Registration is open and filling up (as of Dec 25th 2023, only 15 slots left!). Camp Ocean Pines is in Cambria, on the central California coast, sitting on 13 acres of Pacific ocean coastline, half way between LA and SF. The Teacher and Coach roster for Jan 2024 includes: Adam Levy, Lisa Sanders, Michael McNevin, Severin Browne, Dave Pascoe, Laura Benson, Sara Glaser, Stan DeWitt, Rebecca Troon, Mark Dann, plus camp crew. Many returning regulars, newbies, beginner to pros,  all add to the magic. The views are spectacular and peaceful. The song circles, classes, writing inspiration, coaching, jamming and meals, are all part of an unforgettable experience. 

See Schedule, teacher bios, class descriptions, and registration info here:      

Note: Attendees please be vaccinated and boosted. We ask all students to  :Test Negative’ the day you come to the retreat, and please bring an extra covid test with you, to test on your second day at camp, so we can all let our hair down and keep each other from the bugs. Once on site, masks are optional, with 60-70 adults gathering to eat and play music together in the various spaces on site. 

Directly Register for camp here; using the Camp Ocean Pines reg page - they handle the sign-ups and payments)   

You can also visit us on Facebook, at the Pacific Songwriting Camp Group Page. Say hi and keep in touch year round!