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: Info@michaelmcnevin.com
~ 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.
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
FB Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/506130690235434/
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 Info@michaelmcnevin.com 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 email@example.com or at this event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/432170334152532/
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: https://facebook.com/events/3414610658612620
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: www.emilyloisband.net & LMHouseConcerts.
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2825937720965913
Venue LInk: https://www.facebook.com/BASSHouseConcerts
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