MIKE & BFD ARE ROAD-READY! SAN DIEGO PARTY ADDED!

Wow, can you believe it’s 2015 already?

Hi, space travel fans! I’m on the home stretch of making the Scambot 2 album. I’m not making any predictions, but I predict it’s going to be a good album. We’ll announce pre-order details when we know the release date, and I hope to know that very soon. I’m making a lot of progress daily on it and I have a date in my head by when I intend for us to be done with the tracking and mixing.

I’m taking a few moments away from the studio next month, though, to get some Beer For Dolphins gigs in with Bryan Beller and Joe Travers. I wish there were time for us to do anything other than a few California dates, but Scambot 2 is a heavy priority right now.

We’ll be doing a handful of very fun things – gigs at Alva’s in San Pedro, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, and the Baked Potato in Los Angeles – plus an exclusive gig in the backyard of a friend of ours’ place in El Cajon near San Diego (if you’re interested in attending this semi-private gala please write to our host at bfdbash@laffland.com. It promises to be insanely fun, in the way that only things that happen in backyards can be.)

There won’t be much time for many more MK/BFD gigs this year it seems, so if you want to see one of our shows and you can be in California in early June, please try to come around and see us.

NEW RELEASES

So many new albums coming – besides my own, I’m also on the new Joe Satriani album Shockwave Supernova which comes out in July.

That album also features Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann, members of The Aristocrats (they’re also both on Scambot 2). The new Aristocrats album Tres Caballeros comes out in June. And Marco’s new album Celebration is out in a couple of weeks too.

It’s a lot of new albums, but we’re all trying to get in under the wire before the worldwide ban on album-making takes hold in early 2016. (Well okay, it’s not strictly worldwide, but it will be illegal for anyone other than Taylor Swift and Yo-Yo Ma to make albums.)

Oh and jeez another new album you need to know about is Godsticks‘ new one Emergence. It comes out in August. Godsticks are a brilliant band that we were fortunate to play and travel with on the last Keneally Band European tour, and they are wonderful lads, in addition to making beautiful and complex hard rock music that you would enjoy greatly – please check it out.

MORE EVENTS

On June 12 I’ll be playing in Satriani’s band as part of Benefit For Cliff III, in support of our friend Cliff Cultreri who definitely can you use our help in his medical struggles – Steve Vai and Animals As Leaders will also perform.

And in late June please come on out to The G4 Experience, where I’ll be immersed in all things guitar for four days in gorgeous Cambria, CA, alongside Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats and Animals As Leaders – a fearsome lineup of players and instructors if ever there were a fearsome lineup of players and instructors!

And! If you are in Europe! Between September and November! I’ll be over there with the Satriani band for the first leg of the Shockwave Supernova tour (more to come in 2016).

Thank you everyone – hope you’re doing well – and hope to see you soon.

Love,

Mike

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Semi-Private Backyard Party
El Cajon (near San Diego), CA 92109
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
For more info, email bfdbash@laffland.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

More MK/BFD shows in June! 21% off all Keneally products NOW!

I’m camped out on my couch letting my back recover from a move. We moved to where there’s a few more trees around. No regrets!

Main thing I wanted to say here: Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins (the Keneally/Beller/Travers version thereof) are going to be bouncing around California a bit in June, doing gigs in San Pedro, LA and San Francisco – we’re going to rage righteously! (See dates below.) Our last Baked Potato gig was insane – I honestly think we’ve never played better and I’m excited to discover how much further things can go. Please attend if you can my friend!

(Also – on June 19, the night before the BFD gig at the Potato, I’ll be playing there with Jamie Kime again. If you weren’t able to make last month’s Kime gig, voila! Another shot!)

Beer For Dolphins first emerged as a band name 21 years ago – and I understand that the Keneally Store is commemorating this reality – allow me to step aside momentarily for a commercial interruption please…

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What’d I miss? I was in the kitchen.

More sssstuff (that’s my Chuck Barris impersonation): in late June the G4 Experience will be taking place again in Cambria, CA, featuring Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Animals As Leaders and myself doing instruction and performances in a severely idyllic setting. Guitar overload and a big ton of fun. Last year’s was great and I’m very happy to be returning for more.

The new Satriani album is hitting the “shops” in July and the next round of Satch touring begins soon afterward – check out Satriani.com for details. We’re hitting Europe first, with lots more dates to come.

Had a great time a few nights ago at the 1st anniversary of BAKED with Brendon Small and Steve Agee at the Baked Potato. A great lineup of comics including Brody Stevens, Marc Maron, Dean Delray, Dana Gould, Karen Kilgariff – it was nuts I tell ya! Both Marc and Dean asked me to appear on their podcasts so keep an ear cocked for that.

I’m not making any promises here, least of all to myself, but I am severely dedicated to the CONCEPT of completing Scambot 2 in the next few weeks. I have an end date in my head which I’m keeping in there for now, but I’m fired up and ready to put this sucker to bed. Maybe we’ll do a live stream of an album session like we did a few times while we were doing Wing Beat Fantastic and You Must Be This Tall (those session videos are still archived on the Keneally Ustream page btw). Would y’all be into that? We will pre-order info for you as soon as we feel thoroughly sure that that light we see is actually the end of the tunnel and not just oncoming traffic.

Thank you for reals! See you soon!

Love,

Mike

Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins Dates

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

Mike and Beer For Dolphins Hit The Road in June

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

Scambot 2 recording picks up speed, plus three Potato shows this week!

Indispensable engineer Mike Harris adjusts the crucial Exowax AKG 414 microphones before the essential Mike Keneally records some acoustic overdubs on the new and invaluable Taylor 616ce guitar provided by the incomparable Tim Godwin at Taylor Guitars. (Photo by the arguably replaceable Scott Chatfield)
Indispensable engineer Mike Harris adjusts the crucial Exowax AKG 414 microphones before the essential Mike Keneally records some acoustic overdubs on the new and invaluable Taylor 616ce guitar provided by the incomparable Tim Godwin at Taylor Guitars. (Photo by the arguably replaceable Scott Chatfield)

Yo to all the people! Top of the Blarney Stone to you!

Been doing a bunch of Scambot 2 work with Mike Harris engineering at Chatfield Manor. It’s so much music! We’ll have something for you to hear soon and I will spew many more words about this, my next album. Oh for now I will say that Kris Myers and Pete Griffin are all over this thing now, and they sound like superheroes.

I wanted you to know! I’m going to be at the Baked Potato in LA for three nights this week:

THURSDAY THE 19th
BAKED with Brendon Small and Steve Agee!
Featuring me, Joe Travers and Walter Ito on musical instruments
With special comedic guests Marc Maron and Rory Scovel

FRIDAY THE 20th
JAMIE KIME CD RELEASE CELEBRATION SHOW!
Celebrating Jamie’s superb album ALLEYS which I produced
Featuring Jamie, me, Joe Travers and Rico Belled

SATURDAY THE 21st
MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS going at it again
Me, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers
With special guest Ben Thomas

It’s an overwhelming amount of me (and Joe Travers come to think of it) at the Baked Potato this week! Come share in the excess!

How are YOU doing?

Love,
Mike

MK IN SF FRIDAY, 2/6!


The 14th annual SF SKETCHFEST

The San Francisco Comedy Festival:

BAKED with BRENDON SMALL and STEVE AGEE

Featuring MIKE KENEALLY, PETE GRIFFIN and JOE TRAVERS

And special guest comics

TODD BARRY

GREG BEHRENDT

NATASHA LEGGERO

VERDI CLUB

2424 Mariposa St.

San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, February 6, 7:30pm

Come and enjoy more of that magical blend of comedy and music that thrills you to the basement of your soul.

Buy tickets here.

Keneally Gigs Galore!

Here’s a quick one to remind you of a couple of gigs upcoming – including this one in San Diego tomorrow night –

MIKE KENEALLY (guitar, keys)
JEFF BERKLEY (guitar, percussion)
JAMIE SHADOWLIGHT (electric violin)

JAVA JOE’S
3536 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116

Friday, January 30, 8pm

One show! All ages! We’re rehearsing the night before and will figure out what’s going on.

We all met late last year and hit it off. Just from a spirit standpoint this feels like it’s going to be great. Please check it out if you can and get your weekend off to a nice start.

Here’s a nice article about the show by our friend Georga Varga from the San Diego U-T.

Advance tickets are available at javajoes91@gmail.com


Then! For when you’re in San Francisco a week later and need to laugh!

As part of
The 14th annual SF SKETCHFEST
The San Francisco Comedy Festival:

BAKED with BRENDON SMALL and STEVE AGEE
Featuring MIKE KENEALLY, PETE GRIFFIN and JOE TRAVERS

And special guest comics
TODD BARRY
GREG BEHRENDT
NATASHA LEGGERO

VERDI CLUB
2424 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, February 6, 7:30pm

Come and enjoy more of that magical blend of comedy and music that thrills you to the basement of your soul.

Buy tickets here.


And – just a brief teaser but we’ll talk more about this later – and just in case you didn’t manage to see the trio version of MK/BFD at the Baked Potato last week (people seemed very pleased)…

WESFEST 10 – MARCH 8 – THE ROXY
A concert to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College of Music

Headliner is VICTOR WOOTEN with special guest STEVE BAILEY

Also performing…

MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
(Keneally/Beller/Travers with a special guest toward the end of the set)

THE WESFEST ALL-STARS

And DANNY MO AND THE EXCITERS

Advance tickets on sale now HERE:

More soon! Thanks for reading this!

I’m your vehicle,
Mike

DEBUT PERFORMANCE BY THIS TRIO IN SAN DIEGO FRIDAY

This Friday I’m going to play with a couple of San Diego musicians I met late last year – Jeff Berkley, a guitarist I respect tremendously, and Jamie Shadowlight, an electric violinist I’ve only just heard of but I love what I’ve heard of her playing. We’re going to rehearse tomorrow night. The sky is the limit. Tickets are available in advance at javajoes91@gmail.com.

Java Joe's flyer

MIKE RECORDING NEW SATRIANI ALBUM, PLUS MK/BFD LIVE IN LA!

Two and a half weeks into the new year already? Holy frijole.

Type to you I do from Northern California where we (for the purposes of this sentence “we” means the Joe Satriani band) are currently holed up doing a solid eight-hours-a-day working on Joe’s next album. Of the three albums I’ve done with Joe this is the first where the particular group of musicians doing the recording have a solid history of all performing together (for Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards the musicians met in the studio, and then we toured for a couple of years; for Unstoppable Momentum we made the album and haven’t played together again since). After two-ish years of touring with the Satriani/Keneally/Beller/Minnemann assemblage we know each other like fine monkeys know one another, and the recording process has been an extraordinarily smooth sail. Bryan and Marco have completed the rhythm tracks and Joe and I are currently goofing around with my overdubs. (I’m finally playing some guitar on a Satriani record.) It’s been a joy really. Upon the album’s release later this year, the Satriani touring machine will lurch back into action mode.


But first, I am about to lurch back in time into mid-’90s BFD mode:

JANUARY 21 at THE BAKED POTATO

A legendary club in the dank environs of beautiful Hollywood-transitioning-into-North Hollywood California…

(3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City, CA 91604 to be precise)

Presents

MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS

(mid-90s power trio style)

featuring BRYAN BELLER and JOE TRAVERS

performing loads of old favorites

(including one pretty majorly obscure entirely insane composition not played live for around 19 years or something)

TWO ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SHOWS (aside from the fact that we’ll play the aforementioned insane composition at both shows)

9:30pm and 11:30pm

IF YOU CAN BE THERE, DO! BE! THERE!


Then, on January 30, we got kind of a special show at Java Joe’s in San Diego. Last month I met a couple of very cool musicians at a holiday party thrown by the San Diego Troubadour (who stuck me on the cover of their December issue): Jeff Berkley, a local guitar player I’ve respected for a very long time, and Jamie Shadowlight, a violinist who was new to me. I heard them both play that night and was instantly struck by their spirit and musicianship. Hanging out with them along with my dear friend Claudia Russell from San Diego radio station KSDS Jazz 88.3, and Joe Flammini, proprietor of the venerable acoustic venue Java Joe’s, we all got to talkin’, and the result was the planning of this unique trio performance:

JANUARY 30 2015

MIKE KENEALLY, JEFF BERKLEY & JAMIE SHADOWLIGHT TRIO

Super excited to discover what sort of chemistry results from the meeting of these three elements.

(Playing a bunch of material together which we still need to decide upon – we will begin emailing one another repertoire ideas shortly – any requests?)

JAVA JOE’S – 3536 ADAMS AVE. SAN DIEGO 92116

8:00 PM


Other news – Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee just recorded a bunch of drums for Scambot 2. And there’s a couple more gigs coming up soon – early February I’ll be appearing with Brendon Small, Joe Travers, Pete Griffin and Steve Agee in San Francisco, and in early March MK/BFD will be performing at WesFest 10.

Much more about all of that in – THE NEXT KENEALLIST! RUN TUN TUNNNNNN!

Mike