Note to Fans and Friends. The March 6-7-8 in SoCal were my last live shows, as the Corona Crud took over. Shows booked into Summer & Fall of 2020 have been wiped clean, and it's difficult to say how 2021will shake out. So it's muddy lemonade time. I'm keeping the Mudpuddle Shop as a concert space, and hope to reopen on the other end of this! Concerts will now be online, broadcast from the Puddle for the foreseeable future. I've added a donation button for The Mudpuddle Shop, via PayPal you can donate a bit, or more, once, or monthly, to help keep the art space open. I plan on keeping this place alive for the year or two it takes to reopen, and beyond. Whatever you can give is appreciated by the Niles Community, the musicians who play here, and the listeners who frequent it's many events. It's now in it's 15th year, with over 180 feature concerts, over 500 song swaps and jams, and many workshops and special events. And now as of Oct 2020, 60 Online Concerts :).Right now the best way to watch the shows online is through Michael's Facebook Pages. Michael's Personal FB Page is facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic. The McNevin & The Spokes Band Page is: www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic , and you can email Michael for info and updates too, at email@example.com
Stay safe and find the silver linings as we get through this crazy year together.
Michael's short bio:
Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories, full of heart, humor, and a keen eye for detail. Winner of the Kerrville New-Folk award in Texas, Performing Songwriter Magazine “DIY Artist Of The Year”, 7-time grand finals "Song Of The Year" winner for West Coast Songwriters. Accomplished guitar work and seasoned vocals underscore the characters and places he comes across in his travels. He grew up in the train town of Niles, CA, in the east bay hills the San Fransisco Bay Area. He started out playing underage in East Bay bars, mixed in a six-month stint busking the streets and subways in New York and has has since logged 25 years on the U.S. songwriter circuit. He's shared hall stages with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Donovan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Iris Dement, Greg Brown, Christine Lavin, Robert Earl Keen, and many of others. He’s been a main-stager at Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Redwood Ramble, American River, SummerFolk in Canada, and the Philadelphia Folk Fest. He's also been a 3rd place finalist at both the Rocky Mountain Folks and Telluride Troubadour Competitions in Colorado, and was nominated Artist Of The Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. He tours as a solo act in the US and parts of Europe, and occasionally gets a band together as McNevin & The Spokes. In addition, Michael is an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown, delighting and dumbfounding audiences. Not kidding, he illustrates his songs on the little red toy. Michael has been a guest on CBS "Evening Magazine", plus segments on NBC, ABC, and dozens of cable music shows.
When he's not on the road, Michael also owns and operates the Mudpuddle Shop, in downtown Niles, a former barber shop. Now in it's 14th year, it is a 15'x15' creative hive for showcases, workshops, song swaps and jams. His Etch A Sketch drawings hang on the walls, waiting for an earthquake.
Below are Tour Schedules, posted, pasted as can be done from a car, in a cafe, in a hurry....
March 2020 and pretty much into Summer, has been wiped clean by Corona, so most of Michael's concerts will be online, broadcast from the Mudpuddle SHop for the foreseeable future. Please watch a few concerts from your living rooms and share the links with freinds! We're also hoping to KEEP our show schedule going with other special guests, to help other touring musicians pay their bills. We'll go virtual and eventually land back inside together, thanks for supporting Live music and keeping it around as we get through this crazy year.
3/27 Fri Night 7pm, Michael McNevin online Concert, cohosted by the Altadena Divine Rebel produciton freinds who were originally hosting the cancelled concert, we’re keeping the FB Event Page open, for easier access and reminders to the FB LIVe info as we go online live: https://www.facebook.com/events/481174289234406/
3/28 Sat Night 7pm, Michael McNevin online Concert, cohosted by Arturo Tello and the the Palm Loft Gallery, before it got cancelled. But that gang will be watching online, and all are invited to join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/525986921386763/
While you all learn to knit, and as so many musicians retool their demolished touring schedules, I'm a gonna make muddy lemonade at The Mudpuddle Shop this Fri and Sat Night March 27th and 28th, streaming from the Puddle at 7pm, CA time. The two shows are hosted by the same SoCal hosts in Altadena and Carpinteria where my weekend shows got cancelled. So they'll be watching at home with you all, and helping the feeds and links along, as we move the shows from the clubs to the couches via our Facebook pages, Event Pages, and the "FB Live" streaming links. I will do my best to meet and greet listeners, between songs or on a mid show break, with the helps of the cohosts :). The cohosts will help share the FB Live stream links around on my FB page and other FB walls, to help join us together on couches in the main feed. Smaller FB watch parties may also form, I think anyone can create a watch party once you're at the feed in FB. Glad some of you know how to do that, but you can always watch the MAIN feed no matter what, which is were I can see the comments that come in :). I have two virtual gadgets working - an iPhone 6 and a 2012 MacBook, which helps toss the show spaghetti on your walls. The reading of comments while I'm playing may or may not be a priority, but within the Mudpuddle walls, I have a few mics set up and a couple vibey lights - it will a fun experiment. Life is an experiment, and sometimes ya blow up the lab. Enjoy from your couches, try not to squint too close at my mistakes and glitches as I figure out the new normal. I'll do a bunch of songs, a few requests, a couple bad jokes, and some person to person ping pong with the hosts as we go live from The Mudpuddle Shop.
The “Aluminum Oasis” demo collection of songs, now on Bandcamp. Download as singles or all 11 songs, here: https://michaelmcnevin.bandcamp.com/releases.
The FB Event Pages listed above for Fri and Sat will be "cohosted". As the FB Live feeds go online for these canceled SoCal shows, the hosts are all onboard for our new normal. Friday cohosts Dolly Ramirez and Jean-Jacques Schoch (JJ) for the Altadena series, and Saturday host Arturo Tello & Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria, they will be watching and helping with the pasting of links to you all so you can find the feeds, enjoy the puddle to couch experience. They'll also post the occasional PayPal and Venmo tip jar addresses on the FB walls. I'll also have the tip jars scribbled in large marker on some poster board. That won't be pretty, but it will be muddy.
NOTE: www.michaelmcnevin.com, is getting a facelift. It has imigrated into a Bandzoogle Site. On it you will find some of my older releases, but is being updated soon with new template and content. There's also now a donation button, to support Michael's tour hiatus due to Corona Virus, and the effort to keep The Mudpuddle Shop doors open, as we ride out the year until things are back to normal.
Below this Triple Line, are past gigs, posted as I can, sorry the scrolling is a little wonky as I post new stuff above the old stuff, not all in perfect order, but hopefully you can see where I'm playing where! As the world turns, enjoy the past gig rotisserie.
Hi Mudheads & SoCal!
Heading home tomorrow from a wonderful run of east coast gigs in Florida, NY, NJ, and PA. Wrote a new song with my buddy Tom Prasada-Rao while down at the Florida Folk Fest, and had a great time romping around with old friends everywhere back there. Have another new song that involves ice fishing on a frozen lake, "Vaudeville On Ice", and got to sing it on a frozen lake back east, to test it out. Not easy to do in 15 degrees. And now I have to pack.
I land in CA Just in time for the annual Bday Mudpuddle Rent Jam Bashes at the Mudpuddle Shop. Then it's a mad mad March with Concerts in Hollywood, Pasadena, San Diego, Carpinteria, and a few other LA area concerts and towns, plus a couple midweek artist showcases too. It's all listed below.
Before the March Madness of SoCal shows start, there's a Sat Feb 22 song swap and Birthday jam, 4-9pm, at the Mudpuddle Shop. No RSVP required for Saturday, crash it anytime. Sun Feb 23 is a more curated 4-7pm Showcase and CD Release featuring Deborah Crooks, Danny Allen, and McNevin. It might sell out, but walk-ups welcome. We'll be "In The Round" for a $15-20 donation (give what you can), and there are lots of picking chair opportunities to join in. Sunday also probably goes much later than 7pm. BYO instruments to play and/or ears to listen to either day. RSVP if you like at Info@michaelmcnevin.com, or just pop in. And, visit the Michael McNevin & The Spokes Facebook Band Page to view the ongoing Songwriter Salon & Workshop and Concert schedule at the Mudpuddle Shop. Walk-Ups are always welcome to open seats at showtime. 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont, CA. www.facebook.com/MichaelMcNevinMusic (McNevin & The Spokes).
Or visit the ole' website: www.michaelmcnevin.com
Can't wait to fly West to warmer terra muddy, then roll south (twice), to become president of the I-5 Club (again!) ~ Michael
Fri 3/6, 8-10pm, in North Hollywood at Kulak's Woodshed for the "First Friday" show with my buddy Severin Browne's band. You can also watch the show online streamed.
Sat 3/7, 4-8pm, in Highland Park (near Pasadena) for a house concert at Severin's home, a concert & potluck in "The Abbey" hosted by Laurie McClain and Severin Browne.
Sun 3/8, 5-9pm, for a feature set at the "2nd Sunday Songwriter Series" in Pasadena hosted by pals Dolly Ramirez & JJ, the Divine Rebel Music tribe, with cobillers Kaitlin Huwe and Emily Zuzik Holmes.
Thurs 3/26, 7-9:30pm, returning to San Diego's "Folkey Monkey" series, a no net seat of the pants duo concert with host and music man Joe Rathburn.
Fri March 27th, 7-10pm, in Pasadena for the "Songs At The Cafe" at My Place Cafe, hosted by Dolly and JJ, a new series - come support it, and there's an open mic to kick it off.
Sat March 28th 6:30-9pm, in Carpinteria at The "Palm Loft Gallery" for a concert and potluck, hosted by artist and songwriter pal Arturo Tello, great vibes, tunes, and place.
Here's details below for all of it, spread the word and bring some friends :). ~ Michael McNevin.
Sat March 6th, 8pm at the famous Kulak's Woodshed. The "First Friday" show with the Severin Browne band. $10, 8-10pm in North Hollywood, great listening room for songwriter opening the show, and a ton of fun with Severin and the all star band backing him up. You can also watch those shows streamed into your living room at: https://www.facebook.com/kulakswoodshed. Kulak's is located at 5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607. (818) 766-9913 & firstname.lastname@example.org for info, and here's the FB Event Page. https://www.facebook.com/events/716027118927263/
Sat March 7th, 4pm in Highland Park, CA. Hosted by Severin Browne and Laurie McClain at Sev's place, Laurie and Severin will also perform a few tunes. Pot luck at 4, music at 6, song circle after that, can go as late as we want, plan to burn the candle! RSVP for address & directions to email@example.comRSVP. Bring a bite and an instrument and your ears. Join the FB Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/181173149903018/
Sun March 8th, 5-9pm in Montrose, CA at Oceanview Restaurant for the Divine Rebel, Dolly Ramirez and Jean-Jacques Schoch hosted 2nd Sunday Songwriter Series. Open mic opens and closes it, with three 1/2 hour feature acts in the middle: 5:00 - One Hour Open Mic (sign up starts 4:15). 6:00 - The Wholesome w/ Kaitlin Huwe. 6:30 - Emily Zuzik. 7:00 - Michael McNevin. 7:30 - More Open Mic. 3826 Ocean View Blvd, Montrose CA. https://divinerebelmusic.com/2nd-sunday-songwriter-series
Thurs March 26th, 7-9:30pm. Folkey Monkey Series in San Diego w/ Joe Rathburn. The show is Joe and Mike swapping originals and playing on each others stuff, with tasty back up drummer Jeff Stasny behind us, no rehearsal, and includes a special artist theme to add in a few choice covers, this time it's Gordon Lightfoot! 4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H, San Diego, CA 92120. $20. Doors at 6:30, show at 7pm. Walk-ups welcome. http://FolkeyMonkey.com/
Fri March 27th, 7-10pm, in Pasadena CA. "Songs At The Cafe" concert series. at My Place Cafe. 2057 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA $15-$20 DONATION at the door (whatever you can afford). Plus open mic prior to feature. https://divinerebelmusic.com/songs-at-the-cafe
Sat March 28th, 6-9:30 in Carpinteria at Palm Loft Songwriters Circle . 6pm Pot Luck, 6:30 Open Mic, 7:30 Feature set. 410 Palm Ave Loft A-1, Carpinteria, CA 93013. RSVP/Info: (805) 684-9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. - https://www.facebook.com/events/525986921386763/
NOTES: Later in March is actually a string of 5 SoCal appearances, in San Diego, Pasadena, South Pass, Arcadia, and Carpinteria. Also appearing on J.C. Hyke's songwriter serenade line up Tues 3/24 in Arcadia (venue TBD, there was a wind storm that knocked down the regular stage it was being held at), and a cameo slot Wed 2/25 at Brad Colerick's "Wine & Song" at The Blue Guitar in the Arroyo Seco Golf Clubhouse in South Pasadena, with nine holes of whack and walk 3-par golf at 5pm if you get there early.
Hey Texas, PA, NJ, NY, and Florida, and friendswith friends in those places. Had a great TX trip in late January in Kerrville and San Antonio, included a a live audience taping of the new "Music & Conversation" TV show (similar format to "Actors Studio" tv series) at Schreiner University. Thank you Bill Muse and Bill Ward for wrangling that anima, and the faculty and students who made up such a wonderful studio audience (especially TX luminary Kathleen Hudson). Also played San Antonio shows with pal Claude Butch Morgan & The Blast. Now off to the east coast for Mid February dates in FLA & PA & NY & NJ, with Tom Prasada-Rao in Ft Lauderdale, Gregg Cagno in Philly, a Dan Hayes hosted HC in upstate NY, and a birthday Evergreen House Concerts show for Arpie in Plainfield NJ. All the details are below!
FL, PA, NY, NJ Show details.
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, email@example.com. 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 Valentin'es 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 & firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.com. 607 743 4118
Sun Feb 16th. Plainfield NJ. Arpie Maros "Evergreen House Concerts" Series Tix here: https://mcnevin.eventbrite.com and email Arpie here: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
And here's some gig 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. ~ Michael