Mike debuts Dancing Demos download!

Greetings from scenic Rapperswil, Switzerland! Heading onstage with Satriani in a little bit. This has been a wonderful tour so far, I hope some of you in Europe have been able to see a show or plan to see one in the coming month.

This is a quick note to let you know we’ve made a new downloadable album available – Dancing Demos. This is a nine-song, 37-minute collection of the demos I recorded in 2000 to distribute to the members of Beer For Dolphins, prior to beginning the rehearsals for the album Dancing.

I did these demos, with Scott Chatfield engineering, at Chatfield Manor. These are extremely stripped down, but they aren’t just one-man, live on-the-spot renditions – some songs have both guitar and keyboard parts on them, and there are some vocal harmonies present as well. Some of the tracks feature some spoken instructions as to what I’m thinking about different parts of the songs (eg. the "Stravinsky" section of "Lhai Sal") and some additional music, chordal approaches and melodic ideas that didn’t make it into the final versions.

Scott found these essentially lost recordings a few months ago, and I had exactly zero recollection of having made them! I find them to be rewarding listening, and they actually reminded me of some of my original and subsequently abandoned musical ideas that I’d like to re-institute the next time I approach these pieces for performance.

The download also features an 8-page digital booklet, handsomely designed by Atticus Wolrab, featuring newly written liner notes, as well as a letter I wrote to the members of BFD at the time (which accompanied the CD of these demos which I sent to them). The letter is a good window into my mental processes at the time regarding what Dancing was supposed to become (including the listing of a running order which is quite different from what eventually happened).

All in all, a rewarding archeological dig for aficionados. And a mere seven bucks for an album length download (back when albums were forty minutes long, more or less). I hope you enjoy the holy heck out of it!

La Cathedrale de Strasbourg,

Mike


JOE SATRIANI TOUR

I’m back on the road with Joe Satriani, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann for a spate of gigs for a few weeks across Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. If you weren’t able to catch us on the road last year, I hope you’ll be able to make it to a gig this time around. There will be more touring later in the year. I’m excited to get back on the mighty Satch steamroller and really looking forward to this year’s gigs:

Unstoppable Momentum World Tour 2014
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

Jul 12 – Teatro Axerquia – Cordoba, ES
Jul 14 – Grec Theatre – Barcelona, ES
Jul 19 – Festival de Carcassone – Carcassone, FR
Jul 20 – Crazy Week!! The Nice Pop Rock Festival – Nice, FR
Jul 23 – Salle de Etoiles – Monte Carlo, MC (Joe Satriani as the guest of Marcus Miller, no Keneally, Beller or Minnemann)
Jul 24 – Theatre de Verdure – Patrimonio, FR
Jul 26 – Palais de Longchamp (OUTDOORS) – Marseille, FR
Jul 28 – Chapiteau (TENT) – Marciac, FR

Aug 11-15: THE G4 EXPERIENCE

I, along with Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons, will be diving deep into all aspects of guitar playing at The G4 Experience this August at the Cambria Pines Lodge in California. I will relish the opportunity to explore all the facets of my musicianship and share it with everyone there. I suspect I’ll be learning a lot about myself in the process! The location looks to be heavenly as well – I’m looking forward to everything about this.

Sep 20 – Metropolitan Theatre – Mexico City, MX
Sep 23 – Parque Salitre Magico – Bogota, CO
Sep 25 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, CL
Sep 27 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Sep 28 – Gran Rex Theatre – Buenos Aires, AR
Oct 01 – Citi Bank Hall – Sao Paulo, BR
Oct 03 – Net Live Brasilia – Brasilia, BR
Oct 05 – Agora Casa de Cultura – Quito, EC
Nov 01 – ASB Theatre – Auckland, NZ
Nov 02 – The Opera House – Wellington, NZ
Nov 04 – The Tivoli – Brisbane, AU
Nov 06 – State Theatre – Sydney, AU
Nov 08 – Palais Theatre – Melbourne, AU
Nov 09 – Her Majesty’s Theatre – Adelaide, AU
Nov 11 – Astor Theatre – Perth, AU

Mike on tour with Joe Satriani!

Satriani BandI’m back on the road with Joe Satriani, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann for a couple of shows on the East Coast of the US and then a spate of gigs for a few weeks across Europe. If you weren’t able to catch us on the road last year, I hope you’ll be able to make it to a gig this time around. There will be more touring later in the year. I’m excited to get back on the mighty Satch steamroller and really looking forward to this year’s gigs:

Unstoppable Momentum World Tour 2014
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)
Jun 7 – The Space At Westbury – Westbury, NY
Jun 10 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Jun 14 – Loreley – St. Goarshausen, DE
Jun 15 – TivoliVrendenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utretcht, NL
Jun 16 – Posten – Odense, DK
Jun 17 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DK
Jun 18 – Rockefeller – Oslo, NO
Jun 20 – Rockhal Club – Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX
Jun 21 – La Trebendo, Paris, FR
Jun 23 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
Jun 24 – Openluchttheatre – Antwerp, BE
Jun 25 – Garage Saarbrücken – Saarbrucken, DE
Jun 26 – Zeltfestival – Ulm, DE
Jun 27 – Tollhaus – Karlsruhe, DE
Jun 28 – Jazz’n’Blues Festival – Rapperswil-Jona, CH
Jun 30 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
Jul 01 – Casino – Amneville, FR
Jul 02 – La Cooperative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Jul 03 – Cascina San Giacomo – Rezzato, Brescia, IT
Jul 04 – Diga Nazario Sauro – Grado, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT
Jul 06 – Festival Jazz a Vienne – Vienne, FR (with Jeff Beck!)
Jul 08 – Espace Malraux – Six-Fours-les-Plages, FR
Jul 12 – Teatro Axerquia – Cordoba, ES
Jul 14 – Grec Theatre – Barcelona, ES
Jul 19 – Festival de Carcassone – Carcassone, FR
Jul 20 – Crazy Week!! The Nice Pop Rock Festival – Nice, FR

THE G4 EXPERIENCE

G4 Experience

I, along with Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons, will be diving deep into all aspects of guitar playing at The G4 Experience this August at the Cambria Pines Lodge in California. I will relish the opportunity to explore all the facets of my musicianship and share it with everyone there. I suspect I’ll be learning a lot about myself in the process! The location looks to be heavenly as well – I’m looking forward to everything about this.

Mike types to you from the KBL tour van…

Keneally-Bendian-Lunn rip into “Skies of LA” at Orion Sound Studios in Baltimore MD on May 22, 2014. Video by Guest Host J.D. Mack, audio by Mike Potter– thanks, you guys!

Hi, it’s Mike – having a great time with Keneally-Bendian-Lunn on the road, a rocking little trio if I do say so myself. We had a real blast last night playing the NJ Proghouse in Dunellen, NJ, maybe our best playing of the tour so far. So we are feeling good and warmed up for the last four shows of the tour.

Tonight is The Middle East in Cambridge, MA, with School For Robots and Bent Knee opening. Tomorrow night is the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY, with our good friend Jesse Gress sitting in with us for a few classic tunes by Mahavishnu, Jeff Beck and Todd Rundgren, and Paul Green’s Rock Academy kids opening. (Part of our Bearsville soundcheck will be broadcast live on WDST-FM starting around 5pm EST.) We’re winding up with gigs in Charleston, WV and Scottsville, KY (this one’s free!). A whirlwind of shows in two weeks, it’s going by like a flash but I’m having a tremendous amount of fun and the audiences have been really into it. I hope to see a bunch of you at the final four shows.

After this is over, I get to be home for about eighteen hours and then it’s right back on the road with Satriani for three East Coast gigs and then festivals in Europe until late July. Looking forward to getting back on the road with Joe, Bryan and Marco and seeing a bunch of you folks.

There’s a JamPlay video of me demonstrating the intro to “Dee ‘n’ A” which I’ve just seen for the first time – will be very helpful for me if I ever forget how to play it – you can check it out here.

We’re going to be making an interesting collection of demos from the turn of the century available via download very soon – more news about that coming shortly!

Enjoy a refreshing beverage!

Your ceaseless advocate,

Mike

Keneally-Bendian-Lunn May 2014 U.S. Tour:

Tuesday, May 27
The Middle East (upstairs)
472-480 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
617.864.3278
$15 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: Chris Ingalls
Associate: Donato Mastrangelo

Wednesday, May 28
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, NY 12498
845.679.4406
$20 tix
Doors 7pm
Guest Host: Colin LaMastro
Associate: Kirk McElrath

Friday, May 30
The Empty Glass
410 Elizabeth St.
Charleston, WV 25311
304.345.3914
$15 tix
Doors 9pm
Guest Host: David Roberts
Associate: Ian Beabout

Saturday, May 31
Arts on Main Pavilion
201 E Main St.
Scottsville, KY 42164
270.237.4062
Free!
7pm showtime

Mike Keneally’s Road Report!

Yo!

We’ve done five shows on the Keneally-Bendian-Lunn tour so far and things are developing musically in a fascinating way every night. The setlist is being honed and altered each night and it’s a challenging, fun ride for us and for the audience. Touching on so many different styles and dynamics, we’ve put together a song order that has a really satisfying flow. Response has been absolutely fantastic – thank you to all who’ve been a part of the shows, so far, from the superbly generous and helpful Guest Hosts and Associate GHs, to the venue owners and staff, and of course the audience. This is turning out to be a really enjoyable tour!

Check out the info below for the remaining gigs, and if you’re planning to go to any, please consider buying your tickets in advance online (we’re hitting up some new venues on this run and it’s nice for them to see some decent sales in advance of the show, and helps us in the long run in terms of future touring).

Really looking forward to the rest of these shows. The band are raging every night. Gregg and Doug are killing it and I’m having a fantastic time.

Thanks for being superb!

Yours in perpetuity,

Mike

Keneally-Bendian-Lunn May 2014 U.S. Tour:

Thursday, May 22
Orion Studios
2903 Whittington Ave #C
Baltimore, MD 21230
410.646.7334
$25 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: J.D. Mack

Friday, May 23
Milkboy
1100 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.925.6455
$20 tix
Doors 8:30pm
Guest Host: George Schueller
Associate: Brian Bernardini

Saturday, May 24
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street
(between Park Ave and Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10016
212.691.1900
$15 tix advance, $20 at the door
Doors: 6pm
Guest Host: David Brady

Sunday, May 25
KJ Farrell’s
242 Pettit Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710
516.804.9925
$20 tix
Doors 6:30pm
Guest Host: Mario Casella
Associate: Cliff Schlesinger

Monday, May 26
NJ Proghouse
Roxy & Dukes
745 Bound Brook Rd.
Dunellen, NJ 08812
862.245.1780
$27 advance tix, $35 at the door
Doors 6pm

Tuesday, May 27
The Middle East (upstairs)
472-480 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
617.864.3278
$15 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: Chris Ingalls
Associate: Donato Mastrangelo

Wednesday, May 28
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, NY 12498
845.679.4406
$20 tix
Doors 7pm
Guest Host: Colin LaMastro
Associate: Kirk McElrath

Friday, May 30
The Empty Glass
410 Elizabeth St.
Charleston, WV 25311
304.345.3914
$15 tix
Doors 9pm
Guest Host: David Roberts
Associate: Ian Beabout

Saturday, May 31
Arts on Main Pavilion
201 E Main St.
Scottsville, KY 42164
270.237.4062
Free!
7pm showtime

Keneally-Bendian-Lunn tour starts Thursday!

Plus, new Scambot 2 video, save 20% at the MK Store!

Hey pals!

Presently I am re-jiggering my pedalboard and about to change my guitar strings – not the sort of activities which generally bring me much joy (I am so NOT a gear-oriented guy) but today I do them with a keen sense of anticipation. The Keneally-Bendian-Lunn tour starts this week (first show is Thursday the 15th in Nashville) and I’m jazzed about it.

I want to thank, with all sinceriosity, the people who volunteered to be Guest Hosts (and Associate Guest Hosts) for the upcoming shows, and are doing all they can to help us spread the word. If you have pals who might not know about the gigs and would enjoy them, let them know what’s happening!

A few days ago I tweaked a few mixes and did a few overdubs on some Scambot 2 material, and that was the last day of many weeks spent this year (so far) on the album. There’s still a lot to do, but at this point I’ll say it’s about 68.1% in the bag. I’ll be listening to the rough mixes a lot over the next couple of months of touring, and planning the next steps. In the meantime you can check out Blair‘s video of me working on the vocal tracks for a song provisionally entitled “Roots Twist.” Most of the things I’ve been working have been instrumentally oriented, and I’m still on the fence about putting vocals on a lot of it – it’s sounding really good to me as is with a bunch of the stuff.

I want to thank Mike Harris for the many hours he’s put in expertly engineering and mixing this new music, and Scott Chatfield for allowing his life and home to be monopolized by Scambot 2 recordings, not to mention the huge amount of time he’s spent getting the KBL tour off the ground, and all the other millions of things he does for me. Thanks also to Julie and Rodney Cord at Blue Mouth Promotions for booking the KBL tour so expertly.

I’m writing this on Mothers’ Day and naturally thinking a lot about my mom, and who supported me and my musical leanings so unceasingly and was always so wonderfully caring. She was such a lovely person. Thank you Mom always.

Now I’m off with Sarah to check out a Thundercat gig here in San Diego. Bring it on, Thunder.

I’ll be seeing some of you all on the road, either on the KBL tour about to commence or the Satriani tour starting in a few weeks.

Take care friends!

Mike

Keneally-Bendian-Lunn May 2014 U.S. Tour:

Thursday, May 15
Douglas Corner
2106 8th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37204
615.298.1688
$15 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: Julian Herrera

Friday, May 16
The Demo
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
$20 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: Dan Kinney
Associates: Rich Mueller, Tim Wagner

Saturday, May 17
Reggie’s (Music Joint)
2105 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
312.949.0120
$20 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: John Slywka
Associate: Robert Read

Sunday, May 18
Guitar Works
996 South Indiana 135
Greenwood, IN 46134
317.885.1510
$15 tix
Doors 6:20pm
Guest Host: Mara McCabe
Associate: Michael Maier

Tuesday, May 20
Rumba Café
2507 Summit St.
Columbus, OH 43202
614.268.1841
$20 tix
Doors 7:30pm
Guest Host: Dane Runyon

Thursday, May 22
Orion Studios
2903 Whittington Ave #C
Baltimore, MD 21230
410.646.7334
$25 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: J.D. Mack

Friday, May 23
Milkboy
1100 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.925.6455
$20 tix
Doors 8:30pm
Guest Host: George Schueller
Associate: Brian Bernardini

Saturday, May 24
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street
(between Park Ave and Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10016
212.691.1900
$15 tix advance, $20 at the door
Doors: 6pm
Guest Host: David Brady

Sunday, May 25
KJ Farrell’s
242 Pettit Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710
516.804.9925
$20 tix
Doors 6:30pm
Guest Host: Mario Casella
Associate: Cliff Schlesinger

Monday, May 26
NJ Proghouse
Roxy & Dukes
745 Bound Brook Rd.
Dunellen, NJ 08812
862.245.1780
$27 advance tix, $35 at the door
Doors 6pm

Tuesday, May 27
The Middle East (upstairs)
472-480 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
617.864.3278
$15 tix
Doors 8pm
Guest Host: Chris Ingalls
Associate: Donato Mastrangelo

Wednesday, May 28
Bearsville Theater
291 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, NY 12498
845.679.4406
$20 tix
Doors 7pm
Guest Host: Colin LaMastro
Associate: Kirk McElrath

Friday, May 30
The Empty Glass
410 Elizabeth St.
Charleston, WV 25311
304.345.3914
$15 tix
Doors 9pm
Guest Host: David Roberts
Associate: Ian Beabout

Saturday, May 31
Arts on Main Pavilion
201 E Main St.
Scottsville, KY 42164
270.237.4062
Free!
7pm showtime


Mike records vocals for Scambot 2- video below!

Mike works on vocals for a Scambot 2 song he’s tentatively titled “Roots Twist.” Video and interview are by Blair using the sacred Exowax GoPro camera. Click here to see it.


JOE SATRIANI TOUR

Immediately after the KBL tour, I’m back on the road with Joe Satriani, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann for a couple of shows on the East Coast of the US and then a spate of gigs for a few weeks across Europe. If you weren’t able to catch us on the road last year, I hope you’ll be able to make it to a gig this time around. There will be more touring later in the year. I’m excited to get back on the mighty Satch steamroller and really looking forward to this year’s gigs:

Unstoppable Momentum World Tour 2014
(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann)

Jun 7 – The Space At Westbury – Westbury, NY
Jun 10 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
Jun 14 – Loreley – St. Goarshausen, DE
Jun 15 – TivoliVrendenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utretcht, NL
Jun 16 – Posten – Odense, DK
Jun 17 – Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DK
Jun 18 – Rockefeller – Oslo, NO
Jun 20 – Rockhal Club – Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX
Jun 21 – La Trebendo, Paris, FR
Jun 23 – L’Olympia – Paris, FR
Jun 24 – Openluchttheatre – Antwerp, BE
Jun 25 – Garage Saarbrücken – Saarbrucken, DE
Jun 26 – Zeltfestival – Ulm, DE
Jun 27 – Tollhaus – Karlsruhe, DE
Jun 28 – Jazz’n’Blues Festival – Rapperswil-Jona, CH
Jun 30 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
Jul 01 – Casino – Amneville, FR
Jul 02 – La Cooperative de Mai – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Jul 03 – Cascina San Giacomo – Rezzato, Brescia, IT
Jul 04 – Diga Nazario Sauro – Grado, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, IT
Jul 06 – Festival Jazz a Vienne – Vienne, FR (with Jeff Beck!)
Jul 08 – Espace Malraux – Six-Fours-les-Plages, FR
Jul 12 – Teatro Axerquia – Cordoba, ES
Jul 14 – Grec Theatre – Barcelona, ES
Jul 19 – Festival de Carcassone – Carcassone, FR
Jul 20 – Crazy Week!! The Nice Pop Rock Festival – Nice, FR


THE G4 EXPERIENCE

I, along with Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons, will be diving deep into all aspects of guitar playing at The G4 Experience this August at the Cambria Pines Lodge in California. I will relish the opportunity to explore all the facets of my musicianship and share it with everyone there. I suspect I’ll be learning a lot about myself in the process! The location looks to be heavenly as well – I’m looking forward to everything about this.

SAVE 20% AT THE MIKE KENEALLY STORE

There is still a sale on at the Mike Keneally Store, going from now through to the end of the tour, May 31). 20% off of all purchases of $50 or more – please use the promo code MAYHEM.

KENEALLY TOUR, GUEST HOSTS, SATRIANI & MORE!

I’m writing this on my daughter’s 20th birthday. Mind reeling from the implications. Happy birthday sweetheart!

GUEST HOSTS FOR THE KENEALLY-BENDIAN-LUNN TOUR

Response to the Guest Host program for the upcoming Keneally-Bendian-Lunn tour (dates and Guest Hosts here) has been swift and extremely rewarding. Thank you to all first responders very kindly! Thou art heroic. We have Guest Hosts anointed for the majority of the gigs, but we still seek out a few hearty souls to assist us for shows in PHILADELPHIA, DUNELLEN NJ and SCOTTSVILLE KY.

Guest Hosts can help us by increasing local awareness of our gig, printing and putting up posters (we supply the artwork), arranging any local media that is within their reach, and helping with online tubthumping. The GH and a pal will meet us at the venue, help with load-in if they’re capable, get tickets to the gig of course, hang out with us before and after the show, introduce us onstage if they wish to (no one is forced to), and at some point I will hand him/her a CD-R containing rough mixes from Scambot 2, currently in progress and estimated to be approximately 63% complete.

If you’d like to be one of the few, the proud, the Guest Hosts for the last remaining gigs, please write to Blair at guesthost@keneally.com. Read more

Superb response to Guest Host program; cheerfully seeking 5 more

Many thanks to all who’ve stepped up to be ordained as Guest Hosts for the upcoming Keneally-Bendian-Lunn tour! It is heartwarming, validating and leaves one vaguely with the smell of fresh ginger.

We’ve got GHs for 9 of the 14 gigs. We still seek Guest Hosts for the shows in Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Dunellen NJ and Scottsville KY.

Guest Hosts can help us by increasing local awareness of our gig, printing and putting up posters (we supply the artwork), arranging any local media which is within their reach and helping with online tubthumping. The GH and a pal will meet us at the venue, help with load-in if they’re capable, hang out with us before and after the show, introduce us onstage if they wish to (no one is forced to), and at some point I will hand him/her a CD-r containing rough mixes from Scambot 2, currently in progress and estimated to be approximately 63% complete.

You are interested? Please write to Blair at guesthost@keneally.com to solidify the situation.

Mucho appreciado!

Mike

Tour starts May 15– want to be Mike’s Guest Host?

Hither!

For the Keneally-Bendian-Lunn May Tour (see dates and cities below), we’re bringing back an old custom that we used to do a lot in the ’90s and early ’00s – the Guest Host program.

Wanna be a Guest Host? It’s a fun way for (potentially) you and (definitely) I to connect, and for us to get some VERY needed and welcome assistance on the road.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic someone in each city of the tour to help us get people to the show, by distributing posters to record and music stores (if you still have such things in your region) and any other appropriate locations, spreading the word amongst your friends, contacting any local media you can gain access to, helping us with social media etc.

You’d meet us at the venue (bring a buddy and if you’re able to help with loading in our stuff, we appreciate it), hang with us, watch soundcheck and all the attendant rigamarole. You and your pal will get tickets to the show of course. You can introduce us at the beginning of the show, if you like.

And I’ll hand you a CD-R with a few mixes in progress from the upcoming Scambot 2 album. Only up to 14 of these CD-Rs will be handed out, one per city. You and I will pinky swear that you’ll keep the music private. If your pals want to hear, they can come over to your house and listen. In this way we will bring back the communal aspects of music listening in a way not seen since it was last seen.

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