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.
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
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.
The Palm Loft Gallery.
410 Palm Ave, Loft A-1, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
Arturo: (805) 729-6029 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for RSVP/INFO.
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.
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:
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
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
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: email@example.com
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!