Acoustic Concert Tours in Wylie, Texas

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Michael McNevin

Saturday, Jan 17, 8pm

MM“The talent of Michael McNevin lies in his ability to extract juicy bits of life from his surroundings and let a tale unravel from each one.”

- The Performing Songwriter Magazine

“McNevin is a charming live performer, and much of his success may be due to his warm, humorous stage presence. Standouts include ‘Busy Life’. ‘Jersey Jail’ is another gem… finely wrought lyrics, astute observations…”

- Bluegrass by the Bay

"His voice, exquisite melodies, flowing guitar lines - it's all light as a feather. Even when the subject matter is dark, the song goes way up in the air."

- Dirty Linen Magazine

Starting our year off with a friend we haven't seen in a long time, we present for your enjoyment, Michael McNevin!

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Michael McNevin started his career with a six-month stint in New York City, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. He has a seasoned voice, accomplished guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling. He's logged 20 years of concerts across the U.S., and has been a main stager at the Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia music festivals. He's been billed in clubs and halls with Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Shawn Colvin, Robert Earl Keen, Donovan, Richie Havens, Christine Lavin, Utah Phillips, Greg Brown, and 100s of others on the songwriter circuit. Winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, 6-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year", Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 “DIY Artist Of The Year", Winner of NARAS/WCS "Unplugged/Unsigned" competition, Grand prize winner of WCS International Song Contest, nominated Artist Of The Year by National Academy of Songwriters, placed 3d at the Telluride and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest troubadour competitions.

 

Michael has five CDs out, and a couple hard to find cassettes. His latest CD is a 15 track 'sampler', combining several live cuts from the Kerrville Folk Festival with live and living room sessions around Northern California. Tracks include 'This Town Is Gonna Change', 'Scarecrow', 'Phoenixville', 'Broom', 'Pioneer Shindig, '60 Years Of Sand', 'I Shot Broncho Billy', 'Crack In The Cliff', 'In The Woods Too Long', 'I Ain't Changin'.

Michael is also an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown (not kidding) - delighting and dumbfounding audiences with his song illustrations on the little red toy. His art and music have been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, and numerous other news and entertainment outlets.

When not on tour, Michael owns and operates the Mudpuddle Shop in Niles, CA, in the SF east bay. A converted 15'x'15 1920s barbershop, it is a hive for concerts and jams, songwriter workshops, and poker games. It seats 30 people and a dog. Some of Michael's original Etch A Sketch drawings hang proudly on the shop walls waiting for an earthquake.

 

Find Michael's tour dates and CDs at www.michaelmcnevin.com
"Friend" Michael on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic.
The Mudpuddle Shop is located at 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536
Contact Michael by phone via the Mudpuddle Shop Concert Line: (510) 794-9935

Jack Williams

Saturday, Feb 14, 8pm

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"...like a South Carolina version of an acoustic Bruce Springsteen
with Jerry Garcia on acoustic lead guitar."

- Mike Agranoff, Folk Project

Valentines Day will be celebrated in our house with the help of the amazing and heart-filling Jack Williams.

The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit.

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry during his 50+-year professional career, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing.

Friendships with two great singers have effected Jack's career and the development of his own singing voice. In 1973, his relationship with the late Harry Nilsson resulted in an album effort at RCA. Until 2002, he sometimes toured as sole accompanist to the late Mickey Newbury, with whom he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded a live album and video, Nights When I Am Sane.

As a hired-gun guitarist in the deep south of the Civil Rights-Easy Rider 60's, Jack’s bands accompanied the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, and Jerry Butler.

Jack Williams’ music, enriched from these varied influences, is a truly an All-American Southern music.

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Joe Crookston

Saunday, March 22, 4pm

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David Roth

Saturday, April 11, 8pm

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Karyn Oliver

Saturday, May 2, 8pm

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Concert Info

Acoustic Concert Tours is the Dallas area's premier house concert series. Concerts are brought to you by Paul Porter, Tom Noe, and Linda Silas. Since 1992 Tom and Linda have hosted over 250 concerts in the living room of their home outside Wylie, Texas. Directions are below, or you can go see a map.

Concerts are scheduled about once each month, with some breaks in the summer. Most are on Saturday evening at 8pm and a few are on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. We ask each person attending to make a donation of $15, which all goes to the performer. Drinks and snacks are available and there's a donation kitty. You can also bring whatever you like for yourself or to share. Reservations are normally not required but we suggest you arrive about 10-20 minutes before show time for a good seat.

We feature some of acoustic music's greatest singer-songwriters, from all over the US and beyond, in a serious listening room. We often call this "Hard Listening" music, because the lyrics have something to say and are sure to make you think. You will rarely hear it on the radio - it's just too good.

Directions:

"The Arms of Eden" located at 4030 N. Hwy 78, Wylie, Texas 75098.

That's about 4 miles east of where 544 crosses 78 and about 1.5 miles west of where 205 ends at 78. The driveway turns north off Hwy 78 between Platinum Storage and RD384, which is the road to Lake Lavon. Signs near the driveway on both sides of 78 say "Lavon Lake Dam Headquarters."  Numbers say "4030" on the post by the driveway, and when there's a show happening we put out a sign that says "House Concert."

CONSTRUCTION NOTE: The state is now widening Hwy 78 and has removed our mailbox and gate. To help you find our driveway we put red reflectors beside two of the barrels on the north side of 78. Coming east from Wylie they are on your left across from the "Lavon Lake Dam Headquarters" sign on the right. Coming west from 205, they are on your right, just past the other "Lake Lavon Dam Headquarters" sign. They are between RD384 and Platinum Storage, which is a very short distance. Do not turn onto RD384. Turn off 78 between the reflectors, through the dip, past the "House Concert" sign and up our driveway.

 

updated 14 January, 2015

by Linda M. Silas
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