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

Unique MK Baked Potato show Thursday! Plus 20% off Keneally stuff ends Friday!

Hola! Hope you’re all doing well.

For the last few days I’ve been ferociously shedding “Tarkus” and “Utopia Theme” and various Chicago tunes and several Marc Bonilla pieces that I haven’t played in 24 years, in prep for the Baked Potato Night Gallery gig this Thursday. We’re doing some of my tunes also. Doing two shows, of which the first one appears to be sold out (thank you!), but if you haven’t already bought a ticket and you can come out to the second show we would love to see and hear you.

That’s Thursday December 11 at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, Southern California, California! Night Gallery! Be! There!

The kind generous folk at Exowax Recordings would also like you to know that this Friday December 12 is the last day of the Keneally Store Holiday Sale. So you have a few more days to get 20% off all of the stuff, and make somebody’s holiday the freakin’ happiest ever. From now through Friday, all merchandise is 20% off if you use the promo code MK2014.

OK, back to practicing “West Virginia Fantasies”…

Happy holidays!

Mike

 

 

 

 

 


SAN DIEGO TROUBADOR MK COVER STORY NOW AVAILABLE

I’m on the cover of the December issue of San Diego Troubadour, a trusted and venerable publication here in SD, and I’m entirely humbled to have been granted this honor. Jon Kanis interviewed me for the piece and it was a very comprehensive interview. I’ve known Jon forever, and he knows me like the back of his hand so it’s a pretty thorough article. It’s online now, and the version of it that is made out of paper is now in music stores and coffee shops and pizza emporiums and hipster establishments.

In-depth interview with Mike

Mike at the piano. Photo by Dan Chusid.
Mike at the piano. Photo by Dan Chusid.

http://sandiegotroubadour.com/2014/12/treading-the-boards-with-mike-keneally-maestro-masterstroke-in-98-time/

Happy holidays from Mike! Plus 20% off!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, 21st-century craftsman and serious Keneally fan David Floyd gifted Mike with a unique rendition of Atticus Wolrab‘s Flower Gramophone logo from Mike’s mostly acoustic Wooden Smoke album. It’s an illuminated laser engraving on acrylic, mounted on wood, and it stuns. If you’d like to ask David about something in a similar vein, you can say hi to him at brightlivelihood@gmail.com.

Happy holidays everyone! Ho! Ho, ho!

I’m back from all the Satriani touring – the Unstoppable Momentum tour dates stretched out, on and off, over 18 months, 143 dates in a bunch of countries and it was an extraordinarily enjoyable time – I hope you got to see one of the shows, ’cause I didn’t get to see any of them. Now I’m home and grateful, and also back at work on Scambot 2 which is shaping up to be as crazy and epic as you might expect. Right now we’re getting the place ready for Thanksgiving but I needed to tell you about some stuff.

The stuff is these:

KENEALLY STORE HOLIDAY SALE

The Keneally Store has got a holiday sale for all your gift-giving needs! From now until December 12, all merchandise is 20% off if you use the promo code MK2014. All of it! Your wishes are coming true already! Ho! (Ho.) Ho!

NIGHT GALLERY GIG

On December 11 there’s going to be a special show at the Baked Potato in LA – it’s the debut performance by Night Gallery, a group consisting of Joe Travers on drums, Marc Bonilla on guitar and vocals (I was a member of Marc’s band in the early 90s), Jonathan Sindelman on keys, Bryan Beller and Travis Davis trading off on bass, and myself on keys, guitar and vocals. We’re playing a bunch of the stuff that we all grew up loving – “Tarkus” by ELP, “Utopia Theme” by Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, and a medley of some of our favorite Chicago tunes, along with a selection of Marc’s and my originals. This is such an unusual project and a real labor of love. I asked Joe and Marc if they had something they’d like to say about what the show means to them, so that I could share it with you Keneallist readers – here’s what they had to say:

“When I released EE Ticket and American Matador at the beginning of the ’90s, I had the incredible luck of happening upon Mike Keneally and Joe Travers. They brought with them their own brand of musical expertise and corroded sense of humor, which was invaluable to me as much then as it is now. After a good long 20 years and change, to get back up on stage with these gentlemen is a thrill long overdue…and playing some of the music that made us who we are today. Broke. But seriously, folks, with any successful band, it’s all about the hang. And this extraordinary league of gentlemen – Mike, Joe, Jonathan, Travis and Bryan are all about the hang. And what contributes to the hang will invariably affect the music we create together. Personally, I can’t fucking wait.”

– Marc Bonilla

“Life is short.

I had been wanting to do something like this with Mike for a long time now. We had discussed it a few times in passing but during a dinner with Marc & Mike recently, I felt strong about asking them if they would be interested in playing together doing material that we know & love, combined with original material from both of them, just for the hell of it. Bringing together the rhythm sections to participate made total sense. Enter Bryan Beller & Travis Davis of course. We all knew how to play the stuff (well…….most of it anyway). We just needed to find a keyboard player. Welcome Jonathan Sindelman. Good news for us!

Marc & Mike were playing together right around the time I moved to Los Angeles. Their drummer was Toss Panos & thanks to wonderful Toss, I was recommended to Marc’s Dragon Choir line-up. Mike had already stopped playing with Marc by that time, but Mike & I were together in Dweezil & Ahmet’s band “Z.” As life does, everyone goes down their musical journeys and pathways……..causing us all to play with a variety of musicians and gig situations. I’m really grateful that all of the musicians participating in this special event were willing to devote the time and energy to make it happen. We all share these influences, all were inspired at one time or another with the work of ELP, Todd Rundgren, & Chicago. We grew up with these bands and their contributions mean a lot to us. So for the love of the music, & the hang of good friends, we share this with you.

Night Gallery

Rock on”

– Joe Travers

Reading their words is getting me doubly excited for the gig. It’s going to be a huge amount of fun. We’re doing two shows and I believe the early show is already sold out, so secure your tickets for the late show tout suite, you.

THE RETURN OF BEER FOR DOLPHINS!

I’ve had a hankering to return to the trio format for live gigs with Bryan Beller and Joe Travers for some time, so in 2015 we’re going to be doing some gigs in the US and abroad. The Keneally/Beller/Travers trio did tons of Beer For Dolphins gigs in the ’90s. The name Beer For Dolphins has been in retirement for well over a decade now but I had the urge to resurrect it for these trio gigs.

And so shall it be! The return of Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins power-trio style kicks off January 21, 2015 at the Baked Potato. This will be NAMM week and the place is likely to be packed with scenesters, so get your tickets early, you!

SAN DIEGO TROUBADOR COVER STORY

I’m on the cover of the December issue of San Diego Troubadour, a trusted and venerable publication here in SD, and I’m entirely humbled to have been granted this honor. Jon Kanis interviewed me for the piece and it was a very comprehensive interview. I’ve known Jon forever, and he knows me like the back of his hand so I’m anticipating a pretty thorough article. It’ll be online soon, and the version of it that is made out of paper will be in music stores and coffee shops and pizza emporiums and hipster establishments in San Diego any moment now.

ANTAL ADRIAANSE and STUDIO TAL

Antal Adriaanse (we call him Tal) has been a hugely great friend to us for years now, and was the motivating factor behind the keneally.com redesign last year. He is one superb individual. I’d like to encourage anyone who needs some assistance with websites, web shops and social media to visit his site. And tell him Bob Hope sent you, ’cause I think that’s funny.

Thank you for reading and please have a severely joyous holiday season!

Ho!

Mike