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May 13, 2014 > Calaveras and McNevin & The Spokes in concert

Calaveras and McNevin & The Spokes in concert

Submitted By Michael McNevin

ÒCalaverasÓ and ÒMcNevin & The SpokesÓ are coming to Fremont on Saturday May 17. These unique songwriting combos blend tight vocals and instruments with storytelling folk-rock, acoustic, Americana songs. The Brask Concert Series occupies Mission Coffee regularly, and transforms the intimate and comfortable coffee house into a 90 seat Òlistening roomÓ with stage and sound. The vibe is perfect for the one of a kind show these two acts bring to town. So get there early, grab a seat, and enjoy good music, java, and eats.

Calaveras is a combo lead by singer-songwriters Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe. Along with guitarist Dave Decker, they combine voices and a half dozen acoustic instruments into original songs that are both fresh and timeless.

Michael McNevin is a Niles native with 5 CDs, and a couple of hard-to-find cassettes under his belt. He has a seasoned voice, accomplished guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling. McNevin 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. In any spare time he has, he owns and operates a small art space called The Mudpuddle Shop in the historic Niles district of Fremont - a hive for concerts, jams, and songwriter workshops.

McNevin is joined by another Niles local Patrick McClellan on bass and vocals. Patrick hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, grew up playing in bands on acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, and occasional harmonica. Patrick is a geologist in his daytime gig, so consequently, even without GPS they hardly ever get lost on the way to gigs. When the duo is joined by other musician friends they become ÒMcNevin & The Spokes.Ó

Calaveras and McNevin & The Spokes
Saturday May 17
7 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd, Fremont
(510) 623-6920
$15 at the door

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